“A cup of tea makes everything better”. And that is saying something.
Tea is the second most consumed beverage in world, coming right after water. With the numerous aromas that it comes in, the multitudinous ways in which it can be consumed, tea sure does cater to all the whims and fancies of the taste buds. Green tea, the exalted breed, isn’t popular without reason either. Though we all know, that it is pixie dust in a tea bag and can do more wonders than we can imagine, let’s take a quick look as to how this refreshing little being is more than just refreshing.
1) Protection from ultraviolet radiations
A study in the British Journal of Nutrition states that green tea catechins (antioxidant compound) protect you from premature skin ageing by making you more resistant to ultraviolet radiations.
Researchers conclude that green tea metabolites make their way to the skin tissues and protect against sunburns, inflammation and long term damaging effects of ultraviolet radiations.
2) Controlling type II Diabetes
We all know that people with Diabetes have issues metabolising sugar. The body isn’t as sensitive to insulin as it should be, and hence the blood sugar levels shoot up.
Green tea, through a series of complex biochemical reaction helps sensitize cells so they are able to metabolise sugar better, reducing the blood glucose levels!
3) Green tea helps strengthen bones
Osteoporosis is a major health problem in both elderly women and men.
Recent research has suggested that Bone Mineral Density (BMD) is positively associated with tea consumption, which may optimize bone health.
The bioactive components in tea may benefit bone health in terms of maintaining higher BMD and reducing the risk of fracture, which may be due to decreased oxidative stress and increased activity of antioxidant enzymes.
4) Helps battle Neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
Neurodegenerative diseases are incurable disorders that affect the neurons of the brain which progressively get worse as the nerve cells degenerate or die over time.
Green tea catechins - EC, ECG, and EGCG are powerful antioxidants which can protect brain neurons from damage and modulate many signal pathways to the brain, survival of cells and mitochondrial function. All of this contributes to normal growth, development and functioning of neurons.
5) Green tea helps prevent arthrosclerosis
With age, our arteries tend to harden and fat, cholesterol and blood platelets start settling along the inner lining of the arteries reducing the internal diameter of the artery. This may lead to the complete blockage of an artery or even a heart attack.
Green tea prevents this by reducing the LDL levels in the blood while leaving the HDL levels unaffected. It also reduces the blood level triglycerides, lipid peroxides and fibrogens and acts like a drain cleaner by cleaning up the blood circulatory system.
6) Green Tea helps improve teeth and gums condition
Studies show that drinking brewed teas resulted in dramatically less enamel loss than drinking soft drinks and fruit juices.
People, who drank a cup of green tea, have less gum recession and bleeding gums! So a cup a day, to keep dental problems away!
7) Green tea helps improve your immune system
Green tea protects the immune system from the damaging effects of compounds called free radicals and other similar compounds, and keeps it running normally. Apart from better combating Bacteria, Virus and other disease causing organisms, green tea reduces the chances of cancer.
Apart from these, green tea has a number of other health benefits...and the list continues to grow as research unearths more benefits of this elixir. So drink up fellas , it ain’t doing you anything but good!