There are primarily 3 kinds of Tea – Green Tea, Oolong Tea and Black Tea. Black Tea is fully fermented, Oolong Tea is partially fermented and Green Tea undergoes no fermentation. Premium Green Teas such as Sencha is harvested from the top leaves and buds of plants grown in full sunlight. It has that grassy, fresh and crisp flavour which is soothing and refreshing too. There is a lot of research happening on the health benefits of Green Tea. Here are 6 reasons, why you should include green tea into your daily routine.
- It Helps in Weight Loss : Green Tea supercharges your metabolism. It contains polyphenols which help in fat oxidation thus increasing the rate at which your body burns fat.
- It Helps in keeping your Heart Healthy : Green Tea reduces the risk of cardio-vascular disease. And how does it do it. Green Tea greatly increases the antioxidants in the body, which in turn help prevent the oxidation of LDL Cholestrol. Studies have shown the Green Tea drinkers have 31% lower risk of Heart Disease.
- It lowers the risk of Type 2 Diabetes : Studies have shown that compounds found in Green Tea helps in lowering the blood sugar level and regulating insulin. Drinking Green Tea after the meal is very beneficial as it regulates the blood sugar level and helps prevent the insulin spikes that result in fat storage.
- It Keeps your Teeth Healthy : Studies have shown that a chemical found in Green Tea – catechin, helps in killing the bacteria and viruses that cause throat and dental infections.
- It makes your Skin Glow : Anti-oxidants found in green tea helps prevent the formation of free radicals which in turn cause slow damage to our skin and cause wrinkles due to muscle and elasticity loss.
- It makes you smarter and protects your brain : the catechin compounds found in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons and thus helps keep them in healthy state.
So how much of green tea you should consume in a day to get these benefits. We would say at least 2 cups a day is ideal. You can consume more, but be aware that Green Tea also contains caffeine, so if you should not have too much of it too. Also, Green Tea lowers the absorption of iron and folic acid in the body, so if you are pregnant or trying to concieve then you should avoid green tea.