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Benefits of Green Tea

Benefits of Green Tea

There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch after a long day with a steaming cup of green tea. For many it’s a part of their daily routine that helps them wind down and relax but did you know there are many great benefits to drinking green tea. Aside from it being one of the healthiest drinks out there, green tea can improve brain function, reduce risk of heart disease and much more.

So put your kettle on and sit back to read about all the great things green tea can do for you.

What Is Green Tea?

Just to give you a basic understanding, green tea is made from unoxidised Camellia sinensis leaves and is one of the most unprocessed types of teas. It is obviously most consumed as a hot drink but there are other ways you can add green tea to your diet. You can easily add it to your morning smoothies or porridge and in its powder form you can add it in soups or curries. It’s a great healthy ingredient to incorporate into your diet that also offers a range of other benefits.

Improves Brain Function

Green tea contains the key active ingredient of caffeine which is known as a stimulant. Although it doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee, it has enough to help boost brain function. Caffeine has been shown to improve reaction time, vigilance and your mood.

It also contains L-theanine which is an amino acid that has a relaxing effect on your brain. Combined with the caffeine, it optimises brain function to enhance cognitive performance and memory.

If you’re looking for your caffeine hit to stabilise your energy rather than give you the jitters, you should definitely choose green tea over coffee.

Contains Antioxidants

Green tea is very high in antioxidants, which are compounds that protect your body against the effects of free radicals. Antioxidants can be found in a range of vegetables, fruits and other unprocessed foods. The antioxidants in green tea have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer such as breast, prostate and colorectal cancer. This is due to antioxidants protecting against oxidative damage which can lead to chronic inflammation and then chronic diseases such as cancer.

Green tea antioxidants also work to support your immunity as they offer antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral effects.

Improves Heart Health

Another benefit to green tea you might not have been aware of is that it may improve some of the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases by helping with cholesterol levels and blood pressure. This is due to its anti-inflammatory effects and ability to guard against oxidative stress. 

Reduces Bad Breath 

Another reason to make green tea a regular part of your life is because it reduces bad breath. The flavonoid catechins in green tea suppresses the growth of oral bacteria and can prevent your breath from smelling bad.

If these benefits have convinced you to make green tea your drink of choice, we've got some great options for you to try. For a classic green tea experience, we recommend the Buddha Teas Organic Green Tea as it's perfect for steeping in hot water and relaxing on the couch with. For something more on the go, Body Science have created green tea sachets which you can easily add to water to improve your gut health and immunity. 

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