Green tea is the healthiest beverage on our planet.
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. Below we will explain these benefits.
Bioactive compounds in the tea leaves such as polyphenols, including phenolic acids and catechinscan which is known to reduce the formation of free radicals in the body. Free radicals cause aging and all types of diseases. Therefore, drinking green tea will help by protecting cells and molecules from damage.
One of the more powerful compounds in green tea is the antioxidant Epigallocatechin gallate (aka; EGCG), which has been studied to treat various diseases and may be one of the main reasons green tea has such powerful medicinal properties.
Some well known benefits include;
Here are some unknown facts about Green Tea;
Green tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier. L-theanine increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which has anti-anxiety effects. It also increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain, which is particularly potent at improving brain function, in turn potentially making you smarter. (1) Many people report having more stable energy and being much more productive when they drink green tea, compared to coffee.
Studies have shown that body fat oxidation was increased by 17%, indicating that green tea may selectively increase the burning of fat by mobilizing fatty acids from the fat tissues and making them available for use as energy. (2)
The bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders. (3)
The catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria, leading to improvements in dental health, a lower risk of cavities and reduced bad breath.
In a study of 40,530 adults, those who drank the most green tea (5 or more cups per day) were significantly less likely to die during an 11 year study period: (4)
- Death of all causes: 23% lower in women, 12% lower in men.
- Death from heart disease: 31% lower in women, 22% lower in men.
- Death from stroke: 42% lower in women, 35% lower in men.
Whole Green tea leaves picked earlier in the spring benefit greatly from lower temperatures by maximising overall higher levels of amino acids, as opposed to a summer harvest where leaves begin immediately to wilt and oxidize upon picking.
In addition, spring picked green teas have the same potent benefits as sprouted plant micronutrients, all whilst tasting subtle and smooth.
For the best quality Green tea, choose whole leaf loose spring picked organic green tea, as opposed to commercially made green tea that is cut into small pieces or tea dust as found in many tea bags.