Driking Green Tea is Good for your Health
Green tea on a Samovar Creative Commons

The Green Tea, known to have its origins in China, has a variety of uses, from preventing cancer to lowering cholesterol.

Since its processing skips the fermentation process, green tea retains a great deal of antioxidants and polyphenols - the substances that guarantee its benefits - many of which you may not know about. Since those benefits are still under debate, make sure to research first if you are to use green tea for medicinal purposes.

Here goes some of its said benefits:

The polyphenol contained in the beverage helps with fat oxidation, enhancing your metabolism and thus helping you to lose weight.

It regulates your glucose levels, preventing an increase of insulin, which is great for people with diabetes.

According to scientists, green tea makes your blood vessels more relaxed, which helps them to better withstand changes in blood pressure, an excellent protection against heart attacks.

Many people believe green tea kills cancer cells without damaging the healthy tissue around them.

Green Tea is said to reduce the bad cholesterol, improving the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.

Green Tea allegedly delays the deterioration caused by Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Studies show it not only protects brain cells, but restores damaged ones.

Thanks to a chemical antioxidant called "catechin", it helps preventing tooth decay by destroying infecting bacteria and viruses.

If consumed on a regular basis, it may reduce high blood pressure.

The amino acid theanine found in its leaves is thought to act as a tranquilizing substance, avoiding depression.

It is believed to reduce the signs of aging thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that it can reduce the sun damage if applied topically.

But how much green tea should one take? Possibly one single cup a day won't get you all those gains. Some say two cups would be fair enough while others say five cups, or even up to ten cups, would do you good. Well, you can always count on green tea supplements if you don't feel like going to the bathroom all the time.

One thing that is worth to mention is that green tea contains caffeine, so if the substance affects you somehow, you should limit yourself to one cup a day. There's also tannins in its formula (known to decrease the absorption of iron and folic acid), so be careful if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.

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