Green tea is known to be one of the healthiest drinks available—it’s widely consumed in Japan, which has one of the world’s longest life expectancies according to World Bank. It’s full of antioxidants known as catechins, which help prevent cell damage. Green tea and black tea come from the same plant, but the catechins are retained in the green version because of less processing. If you drink green tea on adaily basisyou’ll likely experience the below benefits:
- Fewer stomach bugs– green tea is traditionally served with sushi, which can contain microbial bugs and the catechins can help knock some of the symptoms of stomach distress associated with those according toNature.
- Improved brain function– although green tea has less caffeine than black tea, it will still give you a litlle boost and it also contains L-theanine, an amino acid. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine has been shown to enhance brain function.
- You’ll be helping your heart– a study found that you have a 19 percent smaller chance of having a heart attack by drinking between one to three cups of green tea a day, versus people who abstained from green tea. AND, another study found green tea drinkers have a 31 percent smaller chance of dying from heart disease by helping to reduce low-density lipoprotein, or the BAD cholesterol.
Sounds like adding green tea to your daily diet is a no-brainer...but ALWAYS check with your doctor!