What if I told you, legitimately, that you could improve all aspects of your wellbeing simply by drinking a certain type of drink every day? Well how about if I switched that around and told you you probably drink things every day (or at least every week) which would eventually cause your body to deteriorate and leave you in a worse state than when you started? Both of these statements are true.
What’s the type of drink that has a major negative effect on your body? Answers in the comments below!
And the drink with almost immeasurably positives? Green Tea. We LOVE Green Tea. We advocate drinking it every day, and for good reason. It improves both your BRAIN performance and your PHYSICAL performance. That sounds like an easy win!
If you don’t know much about its health benefits, here’s a quick rundown for you.
- Anti-Cancer - It’s loaded with polyphenols, which function as powerful antioxidants – including ‘epigallocatechin-3-gallate’ (EGCG) which helps to block carcinogenesis. (the formation of cancer.)(1)
- Improves Brain Function – Green tea contains caffeine – which is good or bad depending on how you look at it is. It is much less strong than coffee however, and also increases dopamine output. (2) The positive effects of caffeine have been well studied.
- Improves Learning and Memory – It contains the amino acid L-theanine, which overall has anti-anxiety effects and behavioural studies in animals suggest improved learning and memory. (3)
– Improves Fat Burning – there are many studies around showing increases in energy expenditure, fat oxidation and increased metabolic rate in humans from the use green tea. However, there are also some studies that don’t – there are other factors at play (for example the caffeine) but it’s definitely a good thing. Studies like this one on 60 obese Thai men concluded that green tea could reduce body weight by increasing energy expenditure and fat oxidation. (4)
There are many different types of green tea, from the more traditional Oolong, Chinese favourite Jasmine, and funky / posh flowering teas like Lotus, which start as a small ball and actually flower when you add the hot water!
Similarly, it’s available from many companies in many forms, but undoubtedly the tastiest way to enjoy it is to brew your green tea from actual loose tea leaves, rather than using tea bags from numerous brands. (These are fine, but can taste somewhat bitter when compared to real tea leaves.) If you are using tea bags, Clipper Pure Green Tea is tasty, and Double Dragon do a fragrant tasting jasmine tea variety.
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Volume 93, Issue 3, 27 February 2008, Pages 486–491
Effectiveness of green tea on weight reduction in obese Thais: A randomized, controlled trial
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