May 17, 2017
Green tea originates from China and India and has been acclaimed for its health benefits thanks to its high concentration of antioxidants. Compared to other types of tea, green tea is minimally processed. This increases the amount of antioxidants, which reduce the production of free radicals, protecting your body’s cells and molecules from damage.
One of the most powerful antioxidants in green tea is called Epigallocatechin, which, along with others, means that green tea has been seen to lower the risk of various types of cancer, helps burn fat, and can aid in brain function. Enjoyed hot or cold, here are just a couple reasons why green tea should be one of your go-to beverages.
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Natural caffeine found in green tea can aid in brain function. When caffeine is ingested, it blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine. In other words: drinking green tea increases the firing of neurons and the amount of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine. Besides caffeine, green tea also contains L-theanine, which can decrease mental and physical stress, improve cognition, and boost mood and cognitive performance.
Green tea contains catechins which can help destroy bacteria and impede viruses such as the flu. A damaging bacterium of the mouth is streptococcus for it causes tooth decay and plaques build up amongst the teeth. A study was published out of Kyushu University in Japan stating that one cup of green tea a day can help decrease the indicators of periodontal disease. The indicators are loss of gum tissue, bleeding gums, and periodontal pocket depth.
Cancer can be caused by oxidative damage from free radicals, and antioxidants can help prevent that. In 2012, a study came out with information stating that green tea could potentially prevent or slow the growth of prostate and breast cancer. The study was completed at the University of California, in which men who had prostate cancer drank green tea and had a decreased amount of prostate tissue inflammation. The prostate antigen (PSA) was lower in those who had consumed green tea.
It is recommended to incorporate green tea in the daily balanced diet for someone to reap the benefits of it; about a cup a day should be plentiful. However, it is vital to remember that living a healthy lifestyle can prevent many ailments and also help maintain our mood. Live a complete life and enjoy it with some tea!
Don Fisher D.O.
Medical Director/ Physician
The BEST Program, Inc.