Healthy Living

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green Tea
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Among the six varieties of tea, green tea is considered to be one of the most beneficial beverages to drink when it comes to the upkeep of one’s health. In comparison to these types of tea, and from the processing point-of-view, the leaves go through minimal oxidation.

However, as scientific studies have shown several health benefits in drinking green tea, more and more people are drinking this type of tea as opposed to the conventional black tea that has always been available.

Thanks to the nutrient known as Epigallocatechin Gallate (also known as EGCG); here is a list of health benefits that are involved in drinking green tea:

Benefit #1: Burns belly fat rapidly

The most important benefit of green tea is that it increases the rate at which fat is burned in your body, particularly focusing on belly fat. EGCG is responsible for activating fat-burning genes in the body that speeds up weight loss by 77 percent.

Benefit #2: Cancer prevention

EGCG has been known to prevent cancer cell growth according to an April 2010 study that was published in the journal, Cancer Prevention Research. Another study conducted in March 2010 and published in Cancer Science indicates that EGCG causes prostate cancer cells to self-destruct. Numerous other studies have also indicated that green tea is also a big factor in stopping the growth of various colorectal cancers.

Benefit #3: Balances blood sugar levels

One can attribute this benefit to EGCG which improves the use of insulin by the body which prevents crashes and spikes of sugar levels.

Benefit #4: Prevent skin damage and wrinkling

Since free radicals exist in the body, these can interact with healthy cells causing damage in particular to skin that becomes apparent in the form of aging and wrinkling of skin. The nutrient EGCG prevents this by neutralizing these free radicals and is considered in being 200 times more effective than Vitamin E in this regard apart from also preventing diseases such as arthritis and diabetes.

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