Green tea has been praised for its health benefits by many for centuries. People believe that drinking green tea can improve skin health, help with weight loss, and reduce the risk of heart disease. There is evidence to suggest that all of these claims are true.
According to a report from the International Institute of Sustainable Development, tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water.
Tea is made from leaves that have not been oxidized and is one of the least processed types of tea. This means it contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols.
Health Benefits of Green Tea:
People have been using green tea for centuries in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to stop bleeding, heal wounds, improve digestion, heart health, mental health, and body temperature. Studies suggest that green tea has various positive effects such as weight loss, liver disorders, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease etc.
There is some evidence that in countries where people consume a lot of green tea, cancer rates are lower. But studies on humans have not shown a consistent link between drinking green tea and reducing the overall risk of cancer.
Animal and test tube cell studies have suggested some positive impacts on the following types of cancer:
Impact on Weight Loss:
Several studies found that catechins in green tea and caffeine may help increase energy metabolism, leading to weight loss. A meta-analysis of several tea polyphenols-induced weight loss mechanisms showed that catechins and caffeine worked synergistically to produce weight loss effects, rather than caffeine working alone.
The results of a 2016 meta-analysis of research into green tea and cardiovascular disease showed that the drink has positive effects on the risk of related diseases. A total of nine studies with a combined 259,267 participants were included in the analysis. The researchers determined that drinking green tea is associated with better outcomes when it comes to heart health and diseases related to it.
Green tea has been found to have positive effects on blood pressure, inflammation, and heart disease risk in people with excess weight or obesity. Separate reviews from 2017 and 2019 support this claim.
Green Tea has many health benefits and is considered a very healthy drink all over the world. Green tea has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any tea. It is naturally low in calories and contains less caffeine than black tea and coffee.