Why is Green Tea Good For You? Here Are 7 Reasons

January 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM | Posted in green tea | 1 Comment
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Why is Green Tea Good For You? Here Are 7 Reasons

Author: Kristjan Gunnarsson

 

 
Green tea is not just tasty, warm and energizing. It also happens to extremely good for you. In the last few decades, scientists have studied the effects of green tea on various health problems and their results have been nothing short of amazing.

Their findings have been so impressive that green tea is now considered among the healthiest beverages on the planet.

Why is Green Tea Good For You? 7 Proven Reasons

Drinking green tea has been associated with a lower risk of many diseases, some of which are common in the western society.
1. May Reduce Risk of Diabetes

A study in Japanese adults revealed that drinking several cups of green tea per day lowered the risk of diabetes by a whopping 33%.

2. May Make You Smarter, at Least in The Short Term

Green tea has a lot less caffeine than coffee, making it appropriate for those individuals who are sensitive to caffeine.

But tea also has a different combination of stimulants compared to coffee. While coffee has a lot more caffeine, tea also has a unique type of amino acid called L-Theanine which can help with relaxation and focus.

This is the reason green tea provides a more relaxed and focused “buzz” than coffee.

3. May Improve Cholesterol

Green tea has also been associated with improvements in risk factors for heart disease, leading to reductions in triglycerides and LDL (the bad) cholesterol, and increases in HDL (the good) cholesterol.

4. May Lower Your Risk of Cancer

There are many types of cancer that are common in western countries. Consumption of green tea appears to decrease the incidence of several types, including breast, prostate, ovarian and endometrial cancer.

5. May Help Prevent Parkinson’s Disease

Caffeine from all sources, including coffee and tea, may help prevent Parkinson’s disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disease in humans.

6. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning

In two separate studies, green tea has been found to increase metabolism. In the first study, subjects who drank green tea had a 17% increase in fat burning in cells. In the other one, tea drinkers had a 4% increase in total energy expenditure.

A 4% increase would mean that instead of burning, for example, 2,000 calories per day, you would burn 2,080 per day. Not very much, but over the course of months or years that will amount to a whole lot of body fat.

7. Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight

Given that green tea can enhance the metabolic rate and increase fat burning, it can also help you lose weight. Perhaps this is the reason almost every popular fat burning supplement on the market has green tea in it.

Take Home Message

At the end of the day, green tea is a warm and satisfying beverage. The reason it is so good for health is that it is rich in unique antioxidants and some essential nutrients.

If you’re sensitive to caffeine and don’t tolerate coffee very well, then green tea will probably be your best choice.

Even better would be to drink coffee in the morning, then after lunch switch to green tea. That way, most of the caffeine from the coffee will have left your system before you go to bed, ensuring a restful night’s sleep.

 

 
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A Guide to Healthy “Keep the Cold Away” Concoctions

November 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM | Posted in cooking | Leave a comment
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A Guide to Healthy “Keep the Cold Away” Concoctions

By: Pat St. Claire, CNN’s Health Minute
Updated: November 26, 2012

 

It’s technically still fall, but in many parts of the country, old man winter has already arrived. So now might be the perfect time to cuddle up with a good book and a cup of something comforting.

Nutritionists warn drinks can pack a lot of empty calories, so fill your cup wisely.

After a day of being outside in the chilly temperatures, what better time to have a nice cup of something hot and soothing? Tea, hot chocolate, and coffee can warm you to your toes, but which are the best for you?

Green tea: Almost all doctors and dietitians will tell you there’s nothing better than green tea. Touted as a possible prevention for cancer and heart disease, scientists say the studies aren’t conclusive, but the tea does contain antioxidants, that are known to be heart disease busters.

Hot chocolate: Chocolate, especially dark cocoa, is good for you. Packed with flavonoids, cocoa has the potential to prevent heart disease, by opening the blood vessels. Studies have shown dark cocoa can lower blood pressure, cut out bad cholesterol and even prevent diabetes. Making dark hot cocoa with skim milk cuts down on fat. Adding two tablespoons of whip cream, can add 15 calories to one cup.

Coffee: Java gets a bad rap because of the caffeine. But research shows coffee in moderation is good for you. In a recent study out of Harvard, scientists found coffee may reduce the risk of developing gallstones, colon cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and even improve your memory. Add skim milk, and a little sugar and you’ve got yourself a healthy drink.

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