Hello beautiful ladies!
We all know about the benefits of green tea especially the fact that it helps to reduce weight, but it also have several other benefits which we might not be aware about.
So what else can 2 cups of green tea do to our body? Does it really help to reduce weight and if yes then how? Let’s talk about these points in detail.
1. Green Tea increases fat burning process:
Various studies performed on green tea shows that it helps to increase the fat burning process, thus improving the metabolic rate. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories. This is the reason that green tea is always in the list for any fat burning supplement. But the increase in metabolic rate depends on individual. In some individuals the increase in metabolic rate can be slow as compared to some other individuals. Green tea also contains Caffeine which itself has been shown to increase metabolic rate by mobilizing fatty acids from the fat tissues and making them available for use as energy. But this does not necessarily mean that green tea will help you to reduce weight. It might help to reduce a bit of fat, but the effect is so minimum that it cannot be counted as significant weight loss.
2. Antioxidants present in green tea helps in reducing the risk of various types of cancer:
Cancer is one of the world’s leading causes of death and it is caused due to the uncontrolled growth of cells. It is known that the oxidative damage of cells contributes to the development of cancer and thus antioxidants can have a protective effect for the same. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and is thus very useful in lowering the risk of many types of cancer including Breast cancer, Prostate cancer, Esophageal Cancer and even pancreatic cancer. Recent studies have shown that Green tea also has been shown to target oral cancer.
3. Green tea may help in protecting the brain in old age and delaying the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s:
Green tea not only improves the brain function in short term but it can also protect your brain in old age. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are the top two neurodegenerative diseases in humans, green tea has been shown to work well in delaying them. The bioactive compounds catechin found in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
4. Green tea may help to reduce the risk of heart diseases:
Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks. Studies show that green tea can improve some of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke, which are one of the biggest causes of death in the world. Green tea also dramatically increases the antioxidant capability of the blood, which protects the LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation, which is one part of the pathway towards heart disease.
5. Green Tea can also be a part of your skincare!
You may want to add a packet of green tea in addition to sunscreen and sunglasses when you visit the beach. The catechins in green tea can actually make the skin more resistant to the effects of UV rays and therefore premature skin aging. They can also lead to reduced skin redness after UV exposure. Green tea appears to exert sun damage protection by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation rather than by blocking UV rays. Therefore, green tea may synergistically enhance sun protection when used in addition to a sunscreen.
What about wrinkles, skin sag and other signs of aging? Can green tea help? Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.
Apart from these 5 mentioned benefits green tea has several other benefits like: Improving overall health, improving brain function and making you smarter, improving dental health and preventing tooth decay, lowering the risk of type II diabetes and several more, but are there some risks associated with the consumption of green tea?
There are little to no known side effects to drinking green tea, but those with severe caffeine sensitivities could experience insomnia, anxiety, nausea or upset stomach. According to Legacy Healing, if taken with stimulant drugs, green tea could possibly increase blood pressure and heart rate. Green tea supplements however, contain high levels of active substances that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. Green tea supplements are unregulated by the FDA and may also contain other substances unsafe for health or with unproven health benefits. Always check with a physician before starting any herb or supplement regimen.