Humans have been drinking tea since the beginning of time. Okay, so maybe the beginning of time, but it’s been for thousands of years. Originating in China and India, today, tea is consumed by more people around the world than any other drink in the world, except water of course. Billions of people drink tea, and there’s a huge number of studies that show how tea can be beneficial to your health. Green tea, in particular, has grown to be extremely popular. It is comprised of a number of bioactive compounds, which include caffeine and other alkaloids, polyphenols, and Vitamin K.
Steeping the tea leaves releases many of bioactive compounds and infusing them into the final drink. It is also loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols, which help with free radical damage. Polyphenols also help protect cells, molecules, and other structures within the body from damage. There many other powerful effects on the body:
- Contain stimulants that can keep you awake
- Improve brain function, antioxidants have a protective effect on neurons
- Boosts your metabolism and helps burn fat
- Increases endurance during exercises
- Can aid digestion, improve bowel health, and reduce inflammatory bowel disease
- May help protect against cancer
- Improves dental health and lowers risk of cavities
- Compounds in green tea are antiviral and antibacterial
- Hydrates, despite containing caffeine
- Improves mood and helps keep you relaxed
- Anti-inflammatory effects that can improve the symptoms of arthritis
- Prevents wrinkles and the signs of aging
Many experts warn consumers of green tea, which contains tannins. This substance can reduce the amount of iron and folic acid being absorbed by the body. Also, those who have anxiety or sensitivity to caffeine should be cautious when drinking green tea. So, if you are trying to feel healthier, lose weight, and lower your risk of chronic conditions, you might want to consider including green tea in your regular diet. The amount of tea needed to benefit from green tea differs among studies.
Drinking at least three to five cups of green tea is a good place to start when wanting to add green tea to your diet, but the best amount varies for each person. One thing to note is like most things, you should drink green tea in moderation. You should limit or avoid the drink if you are pregnant or have an iron deficiency, nursing or taking medications for anxiety disorders or heart conditions. SO, drinking very high amounts of green tea may be problematic for some people, but usually, the benefits outweigh the risks.