Swapping your daily cuppa for green tea is an easy, enjoyable way to boost your health. Polyphenols are the compounds in green tea responsible for most of their health promoting effects, here are just five of their proven health benefits:
Green tea is a well known source of powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants combat free radical damage and protect us against premature ageing and certain diseases. Regularly consuming these beneficial compounds in vegetables, fruits and green tea is an effective way to support your health, so drink up!
Research shows that green tea protects the skin against sun damage. Sun damage causes skin sagging, wrinkling and premature ageing so sip your green tea and keep applying that sun screen.
Theanine in green tea has been shown to play a role in reducing stress. It acts to suppress glucocorticoids (hormones activated in stress and depression) which affect mood and memory. Next time you’re feeling stressed, instead of reaching for sugary comfort food, try a mug of green tea instead.
Green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate. Whilst the amount of the fat-burning compounds in your average mug probably won’t contribute to a significant reduction in the size of your waistline, supplementation could potentially help. Alongside a healthy diet, of course. Read my guide to supplements here.
ANTI-CARCINOGENIC (ANTI-CANCER) PROPERTIES
Several studies have highlighted the promising effects that green tea can have against certain cancers, here are a few amazing study findings:
-Breast cancer: A meta-analysis (review) of observational studies found that women who drank the most green tea had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer, the most common cancer in women.
-Prostate cancer: One study found that men drinking green tea had a 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men.
-Colorectal cancer: A study of 69,710 Chinese women found that green tea drinkers had a 57% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
Green tea helps combat ageing, protects us against the sun’s damaging rays and helps prevent disease amongst it’s many benefits. If you’re not a fan of the taste of standard green tea, it’s worth persevering and finding a type you do enjoy. There are many variations and they differ quite considerably in taste. Mao Feng green tea by Tea Pigs has a delicate fruity taste and is well worth trying if you don’t normally enjoy green tea.