When someone says "green tea" most of us immediately think of the word "healthy." It is a well known fact that green tea has been used as medicine for thousands of years in Asia, but besides fat burning and weight loss - what does green tea really do?
The following is a list of 5 amazing benefits of green tea we bet you didn't know:
The antioxidants found in green tea can actually penetrate eye tissues and produce antioxidant activity. Catechins, an antioxidant in green tea, are capable of being absorbed into the tissues of the eye. Several studies have even found that green tea can prevent cataract-induced blindness.
Do you suffer from springtime allergies? Drinking the green liquid may provide some relief, as it's been proven to be anti-allergenic.A 2007 study published in the journal Cytotechnology found that green tea catechins can reduce pollen allergies. A specific compound, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), appears to be the most potent. In addition, Quercetin, a naturally occurring flavonol in tea, can also alleviate allergy attacks.
Packing for a tropical vacation? Make sure to add a few bags of green tea to your suitcase. The catechins in green tea make the skin more resistant to the effects of UV rays and therefore premature aging. These catechins can also lead to reduced skin redness after sun exposure.
We know what you are thinking - tea stains teeth. This is true, however according to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Periodontology, drinking green tea showed an adverse effect on periodontal disease.
Regularly consuming green tea reduced symptoms of periodontal disease, once again due to the presence of catechin. Catechin reduces inflammation in the body, therefore interfering with the body’s inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria. Its ability to control bacteria and dental plaque makes it useful for preventing cavities and other indicators of poor oral health.
We live in a world where greasy food is almost too accessible. Replacing unhealthy snacks and drinks with green tea could actually help keep down cholesterol levels. Green tea’s powerful antioxidant, EGCG, has been proven to stop the absorption of cholesterol from the large intestine.
With all these amazing benefits, why wouldn't you add drinking green tea to your daily regime?