Along with the juice fast and the new acai berry craze, Green Tea has gained popularity when it comes to recent health food and weight loss fads. However, unlike most other drinks and supplements that fall under this category, green tea actually does boast some impressive and scientifically proven health benefits.
While these benefits are many, they can be summed up in these “Top 5 Reasons to Drink Green Tea.”
1. Cancer Prevention. Researchers with the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) have recently presented new evidence suggesting that green tea may help prevent both the development and spread of cancer cells. The many important antioxidants (or phytochemicals) contained in green tea are thought to help prevent normal, healthy cells from transforming into cancer cells.
While more research is needed to discover how helpful green tea really is when it comes to cancer prevention, most agree that it can’t hurt.
2. Lower Cholesterol. Green tea is not only believed to be beneficial when it comes to cancer prevention, but it has also been shown to prevent other major health issues such as heart disease. The antioxidants provided by green tea do not just contribute to overall cell health, but they can reduce the negative effects of LDL (AKA “bad cholesterol”), which plays a role in the development of heart disease.
3. Younger-Looking Skin. Not only will green tea keep your insides running smoothly, but it can keep your outsides feeling smooth as well. Studies have shown that people who drink green tea look younger because smooth, supple skin relies on plump, healthy cells. The catechins found in green tea are also thought to ward off free radicals, which can damage tissue and speed up the aging process. Not surprisingly, green tea has become popular among supermodels and celebrities and skin care companies have started adding green tea extracts to their skin creams to help protect the skin from the outside in.
4. Sharper Memory. It has been suggested that older adults who drink at least two cups of green tea a day are half as likely to develop cognitive problems than those who don’t. Apparently, the high levels of antioxidants contained in green tea help protect your memory and cognitive function by fighting free-radical damage to the brain, which is observed in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients.
5. Weight Loss. You would think that all of this would be enough to have everyone sipping down gallons of the stuff, but green tea would actually not have reached its current fame in the West were it not for its reported success as a weight-loss aid. Studies have shown that drinking green tea can increase metabolism, which in turn helps people to burn more calories. Some have even reported that people can lose up to 10 pounds in six weeks by adding green tea to their diet. Of course, like every other diet trend, most people forget that eating a healthy diet and exercising are essential for weight loss. Green tea, while it may be a super-drink, cannot perform miracles.