Green tea has been in the news a lot and we are often told that we should drink more of it. Here are some scientifically proven benefits that should have you drinking more green tea.
Green tea can perk you up due to the caffeine it contains. This caffeine is from a natural source and completely different from the caffeine found in soft drinks and in smaller amounts than what is contained in a cup of coffee. It can serve as a healthy replacement for coffee and other “energy” drinks.
HYDRATES THE BODY
A recent study done in Australia has concluded that your 8 glasses of water don’t actually have to be straight water. The water used to brew green tea will suffice and since it doesn’t contain large amounts of caffeine, it won’t dehydrate the body. This might make it easier for you to get those 8 glasses of water down every day and they even suggest that water contained in foods like lettuce could also count.
HELPS WITH TOOTHACHE PAIN
Green tea has many antibacterial properties and you can sometimes get toothache pain relief by swishing some in your mouth. Be sure to brew a strong batch, letting it steep for a long time to get as many nutrients out of the tea as possible. This is not a cure but a way to provide temporary relief until you can get to the dentist.
The EGCG in green tea not only helps with weight loss, it also helps to fight inflammation in the body. There is a long list of problems caused by inflammation ranging from arthritis to cancer. It’s a good idea to combine green tea with a diet that is high in anti-inflammatory foods.
The theanine in green tea has been shown to have a calming effect. the only catch, in order to have any effect, you have to drink several cups a day, maybe as many as six.
Green tea is loaded with catechins, the same things that help prevent cancer. They do this by creating an antibacterial state within your body, leaving you less prone to bacterial and viral infections. This is big during cold and flu season.