Go green! - Emily Skye

Go green!

Go green!

Green tea gets quite a bit of hype in the fitness world, and it is no wonder, this simple green herb is packed full of antioxidants and has many other remarkable health benefits!

Here are 10 interesting facts about green tea that you may not already know:

  1. Protects you from UV rays - Catechins, found in green tea, work to make the skin more resistant to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. This means that green tea not only helps prevent skin cancers, it also reduces the effects of aging!
     
  2. Lowers cholesterol levels - One of the powerful antioxidants present in green tea, called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), is believed to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from the large intestine. Research suggests that by drinking several cups of green tea per day, you can actually reduce your cholesterol levels!
     
  3. Helps burn fat - Green tea contains caffeine which stimulates your metabolism. The polyphenol increases the level of fat oxidation as well as the rate at which your body converts food into usable energy.
     
  4. Improves eyesight - As I mentioned before catechins help protect you against harmful UV rays and reduce the appearance of aging, however they also help improve eyesight! These antioxidants can actually be absorbed into the tissue of the eyes and produce antioxidant activity.
     
  5. Prevents tooth decay - Despite the tannin found in green tea, which unfortunately does stain your teeth just like black tea and coffee, it does contain that miracle antioxidant catechin which works to control bacteria and acidity levels in your saliva. Because of this it actively fights against tooth decay and other oral complaints such as bad breath!
     
  6. Combats allergies - Green tea is comprised of many components, one of which EGCG, has been proven to be an effective anti-allergenic.
     
  7. Ward off illness - The many antioxidants found in green tea, including catechins, have antiviral and antibacterial properties which means that green tea can help prevent you from getting sick!
     
  8. Induces a state of well being - One of the amino acids found in green tea is theanine, which is believed to relax and calm the mind.
     
  9. Fights off cancer - The previously mentioned EGCG, which is one of green teas most powerful antioxidants, actively targets cancer cells and breaks down their mitochondria.
     
  10. Improves brain function - Drinking green tea can actively make you smarter! Green tea is high in caffeine and caffeine works to block adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. When it does this it works to increase the concentration of dopamine and norepinephrine which are neurotransmitters, leading to increased brain function. This means it can improve your reaction time, your short term memory and make you feel happier!

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