What Are the Benefits of Green Tea?

  • 2.05.2020

What Are the Benefits of Green Tea?
As a so-called “health food,” green tea has a remarkably sterling reputation. The humble beverage, over it’s long history, has been hailed as a cure, preventative or treatment for a huge number of ailments. The more we learn, though, the more impressive green tea really is. Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on in your cup and how you can benefit more from green tea.

What’s In Your Cup

Green tea – along with white, oolong and black – is produced from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis tree. Exactly what variety of tea is produced from the leaves depends on how they are processed. Green tea leaves are quickly dried and rolled to break up the plant cells, without allowing them to oxidize. This preserves the antioxidant content of the tea leaves – and these antioxidants are the key to most of green tea’s benefits.

Specifically, green tea contains high levels of catechins – four antioxidant chemicals that have positive effects on several aspects of the human body and are infused into the liquid of your tea.

In numerous studies, these catechins have shown themselves to be useful when it comes to the health of your heart, brain, joints and liver. Green tea catechins might also be useful in preventing diabetes – since it has a normalizing effect on blood sugar – and obesity.

It’s also important to note that green tea does contain caffeine – which can be a pro or a con, depending on what you’re looking for. Clearly, many of the neurological benefits associated with green tea like increased focus and energy are associated with its caffeine content. What many people don’t realize, though, is that the touted fat burning effects of green tea are also influenced by caffeine. If you already have a strong tolerance to caffeine, you are not likely to see any significant weight loss from green tea supplementation.

That being said, green tea contains another substance called L-Theanine, which could be linked with the unique sort of focus commonly linked with green tea consumption. This amino acid has a calming but non-sedating effect on the human body. Combined with caffeine, this can produce a kind of clean, focused energy, not typically enjoyed from coffee or other caffeine-containing substances.

Things To Consider

After all these positive studies started gaining traction, green tea extract enjoyed an impressive jump in popularity. And these supplements have their usefulness; they can provide a set amount of the various useful compounds in green tea and are much more accessible than a cup of green tea.

You should also know that many of the metabolic benefits of green tea are caused by the catechin EGCG. However, this doesn’t mean that EGCG is the only component of green tea worth your attention. If you decide to go the supplement route, it’s better to pick a product that offers all of the catechins rather than an EGCG-isolate.

All that being said, a regular cup of green tea can offer the same benefits as most extracts – unless you are concerned about specific amounts and serving sizes. Since one cup of tea can vary widely from the next in catechin and caffeine content, the beverage is somewhat unreliable. Despite this, a regular cup of green tea is usually enough to grant mild general benefits.

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What Are the Benefits of Green Tea?

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