Thursday, January 24, 2013

Keep Calm and Put the Kettle On

I don't know about any of you, but I admit to being a major coffee addict.  Just earlier today I was passing by the Starbucks on campus and almost starting drooling at the yummy smell of roasted coffee beans.  I was so close to buying a venti cafe mocha, but I opted for a green tea instead.

Now, I have my occasional cup of tea when I need a change of taste or if I'm having a more mellow day, but I've been trying to exchange one of my daily cups of coffee for some green tea.  Apparently there are tons of health benefits and I just so happened to stumble across some.

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1. Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.

2. Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.

3. Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.

4. Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.

5. Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.

6. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.

7. Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions.

8. Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

9. Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.

10. Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.

11. Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.

{source: lifehack}

So what are you waiting for? Go exchange your next cup of coffee for tea and enjoy the benefits!

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