tea health benefits
You're probably familiar with a few of the main benefits of drinking green tea but we've put together a few of the lesser know ones.
Tea is staggering good for your health. As time goes on, and more and more research is done about tea, amazing new qualities are discovered and tea continues to prove itself amongst one of the most beneficial plants in existence.
Tea is loaded with phenols and polyphenols. You'll already know that tea is a powerful anti-oxidant, mopping up the dangerous free radicals that course your body but it's the Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) in tea that studies are beginning to show actually cause death to cancerous cells. You can read more from the study by clicking here.
Green tea contains relatively high levels of Theanine. Studies have shown that this increases the alpha waves in the brain and lowers anxiety as well as benefiting the quality of sleep that sufferers of ADHD enjoy. Further studies have shown that Theanine, boosted by the caffeine contained within the tea gives you a faster simple reaction time, increased numeric working memory reaction time and better sentence verification accuracy! Theanine also helps your immune response to infection by boosting the disease-fighting capacity of gamma delta T cells. A study, published in 2003 showed tea drinkers who consumed 600 ml of black tea daily had produced 5 times the amount of antibacterial proteins than coffee drinkers. These blood samples show a stronger immune response which would result in less colds and less chance of catching flu with lower infection rates. Theanine also raises the amount of serotonin, dopamine, and GABA in the brain providing improved memory and learning.
Tea does help you burn fat more quickly. It doesn't help you shed pounds a week as some of the slimming teas may have you believe but a significant number of studies have shown that even drinking a single cup of green tea a day will speed up your metabolism which means your body will be burning fat more quickly throughout the day simply from drinking tea!
Green tea contains catechins which kill bacteria. Apart from the boost to your immune system the green tea restricts the growth of streptococcus mutans in the mouth which in turn reduces plaque and ultimately tooth decay.