Health Benefits of Green Tea

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We love coffee to get us going in the morning, but there’s another  buzzy beverage we should be sipping on as well: green tea. It’s got all  kind of health benefits, and this is why we ought to drink more green  tea.

  • It boosts weight loss - Research has shown drinking  green tea is linked to weight loss, especially around the abdominal  area. We can thank the compounds called catechins in the tea that  stimulate fat oxidation and the effect is stronger when combined with  exercise.
  • It lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease -  Several studies have shown that green tea can combat some of the biggest  risk factors for cardiovascular disease, by lowering cholesterol and  triglycerides.
  • It boosts brain function - When the afternoon slump  hits, try green tea instead of your usual sugary pick-me-up. Research  has shown that drinking green tea can boost cognitive function,  especially out working memory, that’s why it’s believed to help reduce  the risk of neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s.
  • Lowers risk of developing cancer - Green tea is  full of antioxidants, which research shows can help slow or even kill  cancerous cells. Observational studies have shown green tea drinkers had  a lower risk for developing breast cancer, prostate cancer and  colorectal cancer.
  • Reduces risk of developing type 2 diabetes - A  review of research on more than 286,000 people found that green tea  drinkers had an 18% lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Source: Women's Health

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