It’s important how we start our day. The body has been in repair mode and the digestive system hopefully has had a rest. It’s very common opinion that cup of coffee gives you a morning brain boost. But were you ever aware of the benefits that exist in that cup of yours?
We often drink tea or coffee without even considering what it might be doing to us behind the scenes. Tea is considered the most consumed beverage in the world behind water, however 78% of the tea consumed worldwide is black and only about 20% is green.
Green tea, native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally, but has only recently gained popularity in Western Countries.
Benefit #1: Keeps You Awake and Gives You Energy
Green tea does more than just keep you awake, it can also make you smarter. The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is a known stimulant. It doesn’t contain as much as coffee, but enough to produce a response without causing the “jittery” effects associated with too much caffeine.
Benefit #2: Helps Boost Metabolic Rate And Burn Fat
Green tea helps burn fat by speeding up the metabolic rate.
Benefit #3: Can Kill Bacteria (Improving Dental Health)
The tea can also prevent bad breath by killing oral bacteria that cause cavities and bad breath. It can help also prevent food poisoning as it can kill harmful bacteria .
Benefit #5: May Help Protect You Against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Gargling with the tea boosts immunity to influenza and flu, according to a study in Japan.
A study also found 96 per cent of those who drank ten cups of green tea a day showed no signs of the cognitive impairment linked to Alzheimer’s, compared to only 12 per cent who didn’t drink green tea.
Benefit #6: Improves Skin Complexion
Green tea will help:
- Improve the skin elasticity
- Reduce inflammation & blemishes
- Enhance the detoxification process
- Decrease hormonal activity
- Reduce acne
Benefit #7: Can Improve Brain Function
If you need to be focused, alert, have a quick reaction time, maintain short-term memory, accurately process information, and want to be in a good mood, opt for a few cups of tea. It may be a better choice for focused productivity than the ol’ cup of joe.
Benefit #8: Stimulates Hair Growth
Drinking or direct application onto your scalp will help stimulate the growth of healthy hair. Scientists found that green tea contains the antioxidant “EGCG” (or epigallocatechin gallate) that has the ability to stimulate hair growth.
Benefit #9: Delays Signs Of Skin Aging
Anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects of green tea may delay signs of skin aging, such as sun damage, expression lines and wrinkles.
Benefit #10: May Help You Live Longer
With all the health benefits that we’re discovering about tea, it’s a pretty good assumption that tea may help you live longer. By putting off many of the signs and diseases of aging, you’re also likely to be healthier and more active in your old age. Tea is a natural, refreshing way to improve your health and longevity.
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