Green tea is en vogue darling. It is the least processed type of tea, made from un-oxidized leaves. Any food with antioxidants is a must-have and green tea is LOADED with antioxidants and nutrients with powerful effects on the body.
In case you’re wondering what antioxidants are; they reduce the formation of free radicals in the body that are damaging to cells. Still lost? Free radicals are known to cause aging and all kinds of health issues. Antioxidants protect cells and molecules from this kind of damage.
Enough of the chemistry lets get to the three reasons why you need to start drinking green tea like now.
One of the key ingredients in green tea is caffeine. Nope, green tea is not coffee. Both have caffeine however green tea has a less amount, enough to give a great stimulating effect without the dreadful effects of too much caffeine. Intensive research on caffeine shows that it constantly leads to a number of improvements in brain function like mood, reaction time and memory. Studies have shown that drinking green tea not only keeps you awake, it also improves thinking skills making you smarter. And one more thing green tea may also protect your brain in old age, lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Yaaassss! Right? Green tea helps boost your metabolism and would make for a great supplement towards your weight loss goals; and did I mention it has ZERO calories!
Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of cells. It is also well known that oxidative damage to cells can be a contributing factor to cancer development. And if you’ve been reading from the start, you should remember me mentioning that antioxidants have a protective effect on cells by inhibiting damaging oxidative reactions.
Many studies have shown green tea to possibly help prevent breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer. More studies have also shown green tea’s ability to kill bacteria, lower the risk of infection and mildly reduce levels of blood sugar which would otherwise increase one’s chances of getting Diabetes Type II. And finally, people who drink green tea have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Now I know you’re digging through your purse tryna find that money to get you some green tea…Hold on! Excessive consumption of green tea (I’m talking six cups a day) can have some side effects mainly because of the caffeine. I’m talking headaches, nervousness, sleep problems, irregular heartbeat and heart burn. Keep it moderated and you will enjoy the benefits. Now how bout that cup o’ tea?
Stay tea’d up…Buba.