Drinking green tea has been a part of my daily repertoire for a very long time. I have always loved the taste but now have even more reason to love it. Research in the last few years has been confirming the many benefits generations of people have touted. Read on to discover these benefits for yourself.
Green tea is rich in polyphenols which reduce inflammation and help fight cancer. Polyphenols are potent antioxidants which reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, helping to protect cells from damage. Free radicals have been implicated in aging and other diseases.
Many people drink green tea for its caffeine content. Green tea has a smaller dose of caffeine than coffee but still provides the body with the benefits of a burst of energy, improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory.
Some human studies with green tea have shown an increase in fat burning and metabolism. Other green tea studies have shown an increase in energy use and fat burning.
The catechins in green tea have been shown to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth to reduce plaque and cavities. These same catechins can inhibit viruses like the influenza virus. Adding lemon to your tea helps your body absorb catechins.
These are just a few of the many benefits of green tea that have been identified. Science is contanstly discovering other reasons to add this healthy beverage replacement your daily routine.
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