Green tea has numerous benefits. First of all, it hydrates our bodies. In addition, green tea having alkaline nature creates an optimal acid-alkaline balance, which in turn, slows down the process of aging. In a study of elderly individuals in Japan, it was found that those who consumed green tea regularly (more than 1 cup a day) had a lower risk of diseases that cause functional disability (stroke, osteoporosis, and cognitive impairment). Moreover, those who consumed green tea in large quantities – over 5 cups a day had the lowest risk of incidental functional disability.
Other benefits of green tea consumption include weight loss facilitation via following mechanisms:
According to a Swiss research study, those people who consumed three cups of green tea on a daily basis were able to increase their metabolic rate by up to 4%. Green tea contains catechins, a type of antioxidant, which helps to induce thermogenesis. This thermogenic effect is helpful in generating heat inside the body in order to stimulate metabolism, resulting in more energy expenditure and burned fat.
Several studies showed that those individuals who have been regularly drinking green tea for many years were found to have lower percentages of body fat, compared to people who seldom or never drink green tea at all.
Those who drink green tea regularly become more easily satisfied during mealtime. This is likely due to the fact that green tea contains a powerful anti-oxidant called L-theanine which provides a calming effect, which in turn lessens comfort eating. Due to this calming effect, drinking green tea has also proven helpful for reducing stress and anxiety.
How Safe Is Green Tea?
Although green tea may provide a plethora of benefits, it still should be taken in moderation, as it has a powerful action. To incorporate green tea into your healthy lifestyle regimen you really only need to drink three to five cups daily in order to benefit from it. It is important to stop green tea consumption after 2 pm in order to fall asleep easier at night.
It is very good to develop the habit of drinking green tea, sticking to low-calorie and low-fat diet, along with regular exercise. You will be more likely to lose weight while simultaneously achieving optimal health.