green teaGreen tea is a much healthier substitute to more common beverages like coffee, soda, or fruit juices packed with sugars. So the question is WHY aren’t you drinking it?  Green Tea contains very strong natural antioxidants called polyphenols, ones that not only help you attain a healthy body, skin and hair, but have been suggested to help block the growth of cancer cells as well. Below are just a few of the ways the ways that your body benefits from drinking green tea.

1. Weight Loss:

Researchers say the results indicate that substances found in green tea known as catechins (a type of polyphenols) may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decreasing body fat. Furthermore, reasearchers also found that LDL (AKA the “bad” cholesterol) went down in subjects who drank green tea extract. The findings appear in the January 2005 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Scientists have identified six different catechins in green tea, one of them being epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG in green tea has shown to increase the metabolic rate of the human body, which in turn, leads to help with weight loss. Furthermore, green tea reduces body fat and bloating, while detoxifying the body and suppressing untimely food cravings.

2. Manages Allergies:

EGCG found in green tea blocks key cell receptors that produce histamine and immunoglobulin E (IgE), which are compounds that are involved in producing an allergic response, and thus helps in stopping your body from reacting to allergens like pollen, pet dander and dust amongst others.

3. Reduces Stress & Depression:

Research conducted by the American Botanical Council has found that the more green tea an elderly person drank in a day, the less likely he or she was to be depressed. Green tea is amazing for your brain.  The polyphenols present in green tea help your brain to maintain a steady supply of its primary fuel, glucose.

Apart from the anti-oxidants, green tea also contains a compound called Theanine. Theanine is an amino acid that helps in relieving stress and anxiety. AKA a natural anti-depressant! (Wooo who!) It has been studied for its ability to reduce mental and physical stress, improve cognition, and boost mood and cognitive performance in a synergistic manner with caffeine.

Green Tea helps you feel energized, lose weight, less congested, and reduces stress.  What’s there NOT to like about this powerful leaf?? So, drink up, enjoy, and like the title of our article says… Cheers to YOUR health!