- Green tea is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins (antioxidants) which reduce the free radicals in your body.
- Contains caffeine in lower amounts than coffee which helps block an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine
- Contains an amino acid called L-theanine which is known to increase an inhibitory transmitter called GABA which has anti-anxiety properties.
- Increases fat burning and physical performance by boosting metabolic rate.
- Green tea has also been shown to reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer including breast, prostate and colorectal cancers.
- May protect your brain as you get older by lowering your risk of Alzheimer's.
- Green tea has been shown to kill bacteria and reduce your risk of infections. The catechins in green tea have properties that inhibit viruses and also reduces bad breath.
- Green tea may lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity.
- Green tea has also been shown to reduce heart disease factors by lowering both total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Green tea can help you lose weight and abdominal fat.
- Green tea can help you live longer. In a Japanese study of 40,530 adults those who drank (5) or more cups of green tea daily were significantly less likely to die during an 11 year period.
Last but not least, it taste pretty good and believe it or not it is easy to substitute one cup of coffee a day for a cup of green tea. That is NOT to say that coffee is the culprit it was once proposed to be. (See my other blog post on the benefits of coffee).
Remember that controlling and possibly curing type 2 diabetes is a concentrated effort on many fronts including but not limited to, proper diet, which includes the right nutrients and supplements, plenty of exercise, cutting way back on carbs and sugar and avoiding diet and regular carbonated soft drinks etc.
Green tea is just another arrow in your quiver and it is NOT expensive.
By the way, Had enough snow yet this year?
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."