Whether you like it hot or cold, green tea is undoubtedly one of the most ubiquitous beverages in the world. People have been drinking green tea for thousands of years, and its health benefits have been espoused for just about as long. But are they true? Modern research has made numerous findings about how green tea is, and isn’t, good for you. Let’s get to the bottom of this.
Olumia Life recommends tea, including green tea, as one of the few beverages you should be drinking every day.
Too much of a good thing can always cause problems, and the same is true of green tea. While drinking 2 to 3 cups per day has been shown to actually help with weight loss, drinking more doesn’t increase the results. While too much caffeine can make you jittery, it’s also possible that some tea may contain other ingredients beyond the leaves. Too much of whatever that may be (always check the label) can lead to all sorts of problems.
Why green tea is so beneficial
As previously stated, green tea has been shown to help you lose weight. On top of that it can improve your heart health. Research conducted by the Texas Tech University Health Science Center even found that green tea can help reduce the risks of osteoporosis by improving bone strength. These benefits may all be related to the high content of antioxidants in green tea. Antioxidants are contained in the polyphenols present in green tea. Ensuring you have plenty of these in your diet helps prevent the damage that can be done by free radicals, such as stopping free radicals from:
That’s some pretty important stuff!
On top of all that it’s worth mentioning that frequently drinking something healthy, like green tea, will naturally lead you to drink less of the unhealthy stuff (soda, etc.). Most likely, you can decrease the amount of sugar in your diet this way, and consequently, the amount of calories you take in per day. And green tea is so cheap! You’ll likely be able to find as expensive a variety as you like, but, so long as the ingredients list only “green tea leaves,” you can definitely avoid breaking the bank. If it feels too plain alone, a drop or two of honey or a bit of lemon can really liven up your cup.
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