Contributed by Alma Causey
Green tea is popular for its medicinal and healing benefits, the best known among them being that it increases metabolism, which consequently helps burn fat faster and aids in weight loss.
Additionally, green tea is also commonly used as a means of hydration and cleansing the body of toxins—but the list just doesn’t end there. Green tea has a whole slew of benefits that many people aren’t aware of.
8 Unexpected Benefits of Green Tea
1—Healthier for You than Black Tea
Green tea is healthier than black tea, mainly because of the difference in the production process of the two.
Black tea production requires fermentation, which is not required for green tea production. Since fermentation is not involved, green tea contains a higher amount of antioxidants and nutrients than your black tea.
It may be worth it to switch for those of you that are morning black tea drinkers.
2—Promotes Oral Hygiene
It’s known that the health of your mouth is directly related to the health of your digestive system—they are directly connected afterall. In addition to speeding up metabolism green tea helps to prevents tooth decay by destroying the viruses and bacteria that cause it. It also helps freshen your breath.
A rather unknown benefit of green tea consumption is that it helps improve eyesight. The same antioxidant that helps with oral hygiene, Catechin, can be absorbed by the eye tissues, and protects them from several diseases. It also protects the retina against UV damage, which subsequently improves vision.
Green tea also reduces anxiety and stress, and relaxes the body and mind. L-theanine, naturally found in green tea, has a calming effect on the drinker without sedating them. Theanine acts as a stress-relieving agent, while the caffeine content of green tea gives a boost to the cognitive functions of the brain. Overall, green tea plays a vital role in making the brain function at its optimal capacity.
Studies show that EGCG, the most active and powerful antioxidant found in green tea, provides protection against cancer. Oxidative damage contributes to uncontrolled growth of cells leading to cancer development. Antioxidants in green tea fight off the free radicals in the body, reducing the risk of many types of cancer.
Green tea improves attention and memory. Caffeine and 1-theanine found in green tea keep the mind alert and enhance brain function. This in turn leads to better mood and higher cognitive performance.
Free radicals found in the body cause cell damage and trigger brain inflammation leading to memory loss, anxiety and depression. Green tea counteracts the oxidative damage in the body with the help of its antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory action, hence, reducing the risk of cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders.
Catechins found in green tea act as antiviral and antibacterial agents. Regular consumption of green tea prevents the body from many diseases, thus, strengthening the immune system naturally.
8—Clears Up the Skin
Green tea consumption keeps the skin clear of acne and other outbursts by flushing out toxins from the body. Unlike coffee and black tea, green tea consumed without creamer is more hydrating for the body and skin.
Like all internal substances, the benefits of green tea can only be reaped through regular and consistent usage. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of green tea makes it a magical drink for all those looking for natural treatments and supplements. However, it should be noted that green tea does not cure any of the diseases discussed above, rather it merely helps in reducing the risk of getting those diseases. Once you have fallen victim to any of these medical problems, you should consult with your doctor immediately for a proper course of action.
Kevin Gianni is co-founder and CEO of Annmarie Skin Care, an award winning skin care company that produces organic and wildcrafted facial oils, serums, and cleansers. Annmarie Skin Care has been one of Inc500’s Fastest Growing Companies and also was recognized as one of Inc500’s Best Workplaces. The company and products have been featured by many media outlets including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Organic Spa Magazine. He is also the author of Kale and Coffee: A Renegade's Guide to Health, Happiness, and Longevity published in 2015 by Hay House.