5 things you didn’t know about green tea…
Green tea has been around for more than 5,000 years. It’s often hailed as a wonder drink and credited with numerous benefits, including the ability to stave off illness, improve weight loss, and many other healing properties.
Now green tea is certainly not a magical potion, but it has potential! While the jury is still out on exactly how beneficial it is, there are definite benefits to switching over to some green tea drinking. But why?
It has the potential to fight off many forms of cancer
Green tea contains six primary polyphenols, known as catechins. In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties. One lab study done at the McGill University in Montreal found that the antioxidants in green tea could successfully shrink prostate tumors in mice.
It’s good for oral hygiene
Those catechins can also kill the bacteria in your mouth that turn sugar into plaque. Catechins also wipe out the bacteria that cause bad breath.
It’s good for your digestion
Green tea is a well-known digestive stimulant. It reduces intestinal gas and may even aid in preventing and treating inflammation-based digestive disorders such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
It can boost your metabolism
Green tea can aid in weight loss and prevent weight gain, making it a useful tool in the fight against our ever-expanding waistlines. Five cups a day seems to up the body’s natural fat-burning abilities. And in a 2011 study, mice gained weight more slowly when they were given green tea along with a high-fat diet.
It can help if you’re diabetic
Diabetics might find it improves their blood sugar levels. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels by slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
One more thing to point out is that there is caffeine in green tea – so if you are sensitive to caffeine, then one cup should be your limit.