Originating in China, this blend of tea has been drunk for thousands of years and today it is popular around the world. Green tea gets its name from its production process, unlike black tea, green tea is only left to ferment for a very short time before it is dried and prepared. This means that not as many of the tea’s antioxidants and polyphenols are destroyed by the fermentation process. When you drink green tea not only do you get to enjoy the refreshing taste but also all the hidden goodness of the tea plant. This tea has some great health benefits that we can all enjoy.
It helps your body regulate glucose levels
Drinking green tea helps your body regulate its glucose levels and slows the rise of blood sugar after you eat. This means that you are less likely to have insulin spikes that lead to increased fat storage and if prolonged, can lead to diabetes.
It’s good for your heart
Green tea helps relax the lining of our blood vessels and allows increased flexibility when there is an increase in blood pressure. This means your heart doesn’t have to work so hard to keep your blood pumping. There is also evidence that green tea protects against the formation of blood clots which can be a primary cause of heart attacks
It keeps your brain young
Studies have shown that green tea can help protect brain cells from dying and it also helps restore damaged brain cells. It is also said to delay the effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as the damage caused by aging and the environment.
It helps fight germs and bacteria
Green tea contains an antioxidant called catechin which helps destroy bad bacteria and viruses that can lead to throat infections, cavities, and tooth decay. It also helps destroy the bacteria that cause bad breath and some studies suggest that catechin can inhibit the spread of other bacteria’s in your body too. It might be a great idea to stock up on green tea this flu season!
It helps your nerves
Green tea also contains an amino acid called theanine which is found naturally in tea leaves. In black tea, these amino acids are destroyed during fermentation, but high levels of this wonder drug can be found in green tea. Theanine has a relaxing and tranquilizing effect that can help calm you and prevent depression.