Here’s Why You Should Drink Green Tea
Green tea has a wide range of health benefits and some consider it to be one of the healthiest beverages in the world. For one, green tea is full of antioxidants which have many health benefits including: improved brain function, protecting against three types of cancer, and lowered risk of heart disease.
Furthermore there may be even more potential health benefits than these. Read on for reasons you should drink green tea.
Breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer have all shown to benefit from drinking green tea. Women who drank the most green tea were found to have a 20-30% lower risk of getting breast cancer. An analysis of 29 studies showed that those who drank green tea had a 42% less likely chance of developing colorectal cancer. One study of men who drank green tea showed a decreased chance of getting advanced prostate cancer though it was just one study and requires further investigation.
Studies on green tea drinkers also showed that its consumption may also protect the brain from aging related diseases. Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease have been seen to benefit from drinking green tea.
Studies have also shown that drinking green tea might reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Approximately one in ten Americans now has type 2 diabetes. Green tea studies have shown that drinking it may improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels. A study in Japan found that those who drank the most green tea had an average of 42% lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
Green tea may also improve brain function. Green tea contains caffeine and L-theanine which have a synergistic effect meaning that combined they produce an even more powerful reaction than if they were taken separately.
Cardiovascular disease, heart disease and stroke, were shown to decrease among those who drank green tea. Green tea was shown to help improve total cholesterol and decrease bad cholesterol (LDL) levels.
Finally, green tea may help you live longer. A study of 40,000+ Japanese adults over 11 years showed that those who drank 5 or more cups of green tea a day were significantly less likely to die during the study.
- Death of all causes: 23% lower in women, 12% lower in men
- Death from heart disease: 31% lower in women, 22% lower in men
- Death from stroke: 42% lower in women, 35% lower in men
So there you have it, there are a myriad of great benefits to drinking green tea, especially green tea without milk and sugar. I would encourage all of my readers to take a serious look at drinking green tea. Its benefits are numerous and its pitfalls are few to non-existent.