The Benefits of Green Tea
There is nothing more relaxing than a nice cup of green tea. There is something spiritual about both the making and the consuming of this humble beverage. What makes it even better is knowing the wonders it is performing.
Here is a list of some of our favourites so that next time you enjoy a cup you’ll know your body is smiling inside.
The pace of modern life has made anxiety and stress so common but green tea can help provide instant calm. L-Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea which can have beneficial effects for those who suffer from stress. L-Theanine is able to cross the blood-brain barrier meaning it can interact with the brain directly and improve your mood. This activity stimulates the brain’s alpha waves, which puts the drinker into a more relaxed but focused state.
Supports the Immune System & kills bacteria
Green tea is crammed full of antioxidants which, as you’ll know, fortify the immune system. It is the Polyphenols in green tea which have anti-inflammatory properties and help regulate your immune system.
Your dentist will also pat you on the back if you drink green tea regularly. The same anti-inflammatory properties which help the immune system also work to control gum disease and prevent cavities.
Managing stress is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy digestive tract so green tea is a wonder for soothing digestion. It also helps to reduce the acidity in the stomach which can calm an over-active gut.
Improve Brain function
Green Tea is a natural source of caffeine which is shown to improve cognitive ability, mood and reaction times. The caffeine helps the neurons in your brain to fire quicker, improving concentration.
With all this in mind, green tea has less caffeine than coffee so you won’t suffer from the ‘shakes’ which come with too much caffeine, but you’ll still get those benefits.
Increase Fat Burning
There are a lot of fat burning products on the market, many of which contain harmful chemicals. However, if you look at the labels on most of these products they will nearly all contain one natural product: green tea. The reason for this is that it increases the metabolic rate, improves energy expenditure and improves the body’s ability to process fat as an energy source.
So consider green tea as your secret weapon for maintaining a healthy weight.
Lower the risk of diabetes
A study in Japan revealed that people who drank green tea regularly were at a 42% lower risk of developing diabetes. This is because green tea can improve your sensitivity to insulin. As diabetes numbers spiral out of control around the world, maybe it is time for everyone to take note of this wonder tea!
There is no shortage of ways to add a little green tea to your life. Here are some of our favourites:
Using a loose leaf tea is the traditional way of brewing. If you would like to try some new flavours with your green tea, we’d recommend Dr. Stuart’s Green Tea & Coconut blend.
Our main tip for brewing your tea is to never use a plastic or aluminium tea pots as this will ruin the flavour. You may also want to consider getting a tea pot which you only use for your green teas. Many people say that the strong residual flavours of black tea in a tea pot can mask the delicacy of green tea.
Pre-made Tea Bags
Having a range of pre-made green tea blends sitting in the cupboard can be a big time and space saver. You can explore our full range by hopping over to our green tea selection.
What is Matcha Green Tea?
Matcha tea is finely ground green tea leaves which are turned into a fine powder. Matcha tea has all the benefits of green tea in a highly-concentrated form and is used by Japanese monks to help them focus whilst they meditate. We stock Clearspring Organic Matcha Green Tea Teabags so why not give Matcha tea a try!
The ultimate time-saving technique to get the health benefits of green tea is to start taking green tea extract in tablet form. Solaray Green Tea Extract Tablets are made using the fresh leaves so that they retain all the positive properties of the tea.
We hope you have fun experimenting with Green Tea!
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