Although recently shadowed by the new acai berry craze, Green Tea has become one of the most popular (and resilient) of recent health food and weight loss fads. Surprisingly, unlike many other foods and supplements that fall under this category, green tea actually does have some impressive and scientifically-proven health benefits.
The Chinese have been aware of the many medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times and have used it to treat everything from headaches to depression. Further scientific research both in Asia and in the West has begun providing solid evidence of the health benefits that this super-drink provides.
The most prominent benefit of including green tea in your diet is the high levels of antioxidants that it provides. Antioxidants are very important to your body as they are thought to aid in cancer prevention and may possibly even be involved in the cure.
Green tea is not only medicinally beneficial when it comes to cancer, but it has also been shown to prevent some other major health issues, including heath disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. This is because antioxidants are important when it comes to overall cell health and also because they help to reduce the negative effects of LDL (AKA “bad cholesterol”).
Not only will this super-drink help keep your insides running smoothly, but it can keep your outside feeling smooth as well. Studies have shown that people who drink green tea look younger because smooth, supple skin relies on plump, healthy cells.
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 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.
That said, considering the ample health benefits of green tea, it makes sense to drink up regardless of whether it is going to help you lose those last stubborn five pounds that refuse to budge from your thighs. Think of any subsequent weight loss only as an extra bonus to all of the other medicinal benefits that it provides.