What is your favorite colored tea? If you like green, drink pretty close to the gold standard for tea. Green tea is one of the least processed types of tea (white is the least processed). And due to the fact that it is not processed long before it reaches the lips, green tea retains its valuable health benefits and an extremely high content of useful antioxidants and polyphenols.
All teas come from the same plant (Camellia sinensis) but are processed using different methods. For example, green tea goes through a less intensive process than black tea, whose leaves not only wither but are also crushed, broken, circled, or rolled. Green tea leaves remain intact because they are gently steamed and treated with (more) care.
Ah, I’ve always heard that green tea is healthy, you might think. While all teas are healthy, green is one of the healthiest. And there are probably many benefits beyond what you already know, such as protection against certain types of cancer, such as the prostate, stomach, and skin.
Green tea is overflowing with antioxidants
Green tea contains polyphenolic antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the body, a known trigger for premature aging. These antioxidants also proactively protect cells from damage that can lead to a number of chronic diseases and make them a superfood with a wide range of health protection.
Green tea supports brain health
Green tea is known to ensure alert calm. Although it provides caffeine, green tea also contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which has a calming effect. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine has also been shown to optimize brain function to improve working memory, cognitive performance, and mood. Green tea’s ability to counteract oxidative stress also makes it effective protection against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Green tea may support weight management
Research in humans and animals has shown that green tea speeds up the metabolism and stimulates fat burning. It is also linked to appetite reduction and fat gain prevention by inhibiting a process called angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, on which the growth of adipose tissue depends.
Green tea protects against cancer
Green tea defends itself against cancer in several key ways. The plant protects against damage that can trigger uncontrolled cell growth and lead to cancer mutations. The anti-angiogenesis effect, which prevents fat gain, also blocks the spread of cancer.
Green tea supports immunity
The antioxidants in green tea have an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral effect and support immunity. Bonus: Its antibacterial properties also fight bad breath. In addition, green tea acts as a prebiotic, nutritious, and useful intestinal bacterium that is linked to healthy immunity.
Green tea supports bone density
The antioxidants in green tea have been shown to protect against bone loss and reduce the risk of fractures. Animal studies have shown that moderate consumption of green tea promotes bone health by improving bone strength and quality. A recent study looked at the relationship between high polyphenol foods, including green tea, and osteoporosis. The researchers concluded that phenols affect bone mineral density by preventing oxidation-related damage to bone cells and reducing inflammation that helps build bone.
Green tea helps balance blood sugar and prevent diabetes
A meta-analysis of 17 previously published studies examined the relationship between green tea, blood sugar control, and insulin sensitivity in humans. Researchers have found beneficial effects. Green tea lowers fasting blood sugar and Hb A1C levels, a measure of average blood sugar over the past three months.
Another study involving Japanese adults from 23 communities persecuted more than 14,000 healthy people for five years. Scientists found that green tea consumption, when adjusted for age, gender, body mass index, and other risk factors, was associated with the risk of developing diabetes. In other words, green tea has something that is inherently protective.
Green tea supports heart health
Multitasking green tea again. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to protect against oxidative stress, green tea has been shown to protect the heart by reducing total cholesterol, “bad” LDL, blood pressure, and triglycerides in the blood. It also prevents the oxidation of LDL, a process that triggers a wave effect that contributes to the hardening of the arteries and heart disease. Higher consumption of the drink is also associated with a lower risk of stroke.
Green tea protects the skin from aging
Research shows that the polyphenols in green tea protect the skin from the effects of ultraviolet (UV) light. This prevents aging from accelerating and offers cancer-fighting and anti-inflammatory benefits. Green tea compounds also help fight wrinkles because they can prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers, which in turn prevents the skin from losing elasticity.
Green tea is tied to longevity
The cells of normal green tea drinkers are younger than non-drinkers at the biological age, around five years old. Japanese studies also show that normal green tea drinkers live longer. In a study of older adults, those who drank the greenest tea were 76% less likely to die during the six-year study period.
How to add green tea to food
Think beyond drinking. In addition to drinking green tea, you can use it overnight as a liquid in smoothies, oatmeal or oatmeal, or steam from vegetables or brown rice. Soaked green tea or matcha powder can also be used in soups, stews, sauces, and marinades.
Matcha is a great addition to curries, hummus, energy balls, gluten-free pancakes, popsicles, chia pudding, and baked goods. Be creative and enjoy the benefits!