The results of clinical studies on green tea are so compelling, it deserves a special mention. Here are 5 reasons to trade in your morning coffee for a healthier and tasty option with green tea.
We’re not promising you a green fountain of youth, but green tea is a huge source of antioxidants. And, as you know, those marvelous little things zap away the free radicals that make you age faster.
Did you know that green tea has about 24 – 45 mg of caffeine in an 8 oz cup?1
Green tea is a stimulant – be mindful and be sure to keep good hydration with clean filtered water.
2 Lower Your Blood Sugar
Green tea has been proven to lower blood sugar levels and increase metabolic rates. This is not just good news for diabetics but anyone looking to stay their comfortable weight.
3 Lower Your Cholesterol
Clinical studies have shown that men who drink green tea are less likely to have elevated “bad” cholesterol levels than those who don’t. Green tea will lower your total cholesterol while raising your “good” cholesterol levels.
4 Help Those with Cancer
The jury is still slightly out on whether green tea will actually prevent all cancers. However, clinical studies have shown that women with ovarian cancer who drink at least one cup a day survive the disease longer than those who don’t. Green tea is also arguably beneficial for sufferers of colon cancer and other diseases of the digestive system.
5 Shield Your Liver
The polyphenols in green tea are said to form a shield around the liver, which will help protect it in its fight against toxins. You will, however, need to drink lots of it for this final benefit to kick in.
For those who find green tea a tad bitter, try adding some lemon and honey. Research shows this can help the body’s intake of the flavonoid EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), which contains antioxidants and anti-cancer compounds.
So what are you waiting for? Start this healthy habit today and brew a pot to share with your friends and family!
1Caffeine content for coffee, tea, soda and more by Mayo Clinic