Go Green (Tea, That Is) to Look and Feel Younger!
Whether you are an avid tea drinker or if you’ve heard it’s good for you but haven’t yet jumped on the tea-drinking bandwagon, you may be interested in learning some of the many benefits drinking green tea can provide. Not only is green tea, in a cup or as a supplement, useful for preventing disease, but it also has positive mood benefits and many important anti-aging benefits. While there is no miracle cure for any health issue you are experiencing, green tea may be a close to a miracle substance as you can get!
Disease stopper. It has been shown that green tea’s ingredients have the power to help you prevent a number of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Green tea prevents insulin spikes and fat storage, so people with diabetes or who are merely trying to lose weight will see benefits. The protection against clots and green tea’s effect on blood vessel linings helps people who are at risk for heart attack or who are experiencing high blood pressure. Green tea may also be effective in fighting cancer because it kills cancer cells without damaging healthy tissues surrounding them.
Dental helper. Pearly whites looking a little less pearly? Thanks to an antioxidant in green tea, drinking it may help you fight against bacteria and viruses in the throat, that cause throat infections, cavities, tooth decay and other dental issues.
Brain Booster. The effects of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, depression, and Parkinson’s are potentially devastating, and may increase as we age. Drinking green tea may slow the deterioration brought about by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s due to its ability to prevent brain cell death and restore damaged cells. The amino acid found in tea, Theanine, can help people suffering from depression feel more relaxed.
Anti-ager. While you relax with a soothing cup of tea, the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds in that tea can go to work on wrinkles, visible signs of aging and even sun damage if you apply green tea to affected areas.
The best part about green tea is that all you need to do is fix yourself a cup and have a seat. The tea will do the rest! The jury is still out on how much you need to drink in order for the tea to take effect. Some say one cup a day will do, while others say more than five. Another option is to take a green tea supplement or consume products that contain green tea extract.