We’ve all heard that it’s good for you, but what makes green tea so special? Today we’re here & ready to find out whether you should be switching your morning coffee for a cup of green tea goodness.
But first, some background on tea…
From sweet tea to iced, Chai and Camomile…all tea comes from the same place, a plant called Camellia Sinesis (1). This flowering shrub is the source of all our favorite tea-based beverages, its flowers are processed to different degrees to create a whole variety of tea (2).
Green tea, however, is produced from unprocessed tea leaves which, explains its name. (1). But there’s a lot more to green tea than its color. Praised by East Asia for centuries for its healing qualities, it has been enjoyed for the last 5000 years and has be known to hold a whole host of amazing health benefits (1).
Is green tea good for you?
Okay, so we’ve told you about the rumored magical medicinal elements, but where’s the evidence? We’ve done all the research just so you don’t have to; let’s check out why a green tea a day might keep the doctor away…
1. High in antioxidants
Green tea isn’t overly processed, which means that it’s high in protective polyphenols*. The main polyphenols are flavonoids, which are known to be one of the most powerful antioxidants, making it significantly healthier than black tea (1).
Antioxidants are important to a healthy diet because they can protect your body against disease (1). You can find antioxidants in a range of fruits, vegetables and other processed foods and, obviously, a hot mug of green tea!
2. Can boost brain function
Did you know that green tea contains caffeine? Although it’s not as strong as coffee, your average cup has around 35-80mg of caffeine, making it a stimulant (1). Stimulants are known to boost brain function, but it is even more special than that because it also contains an amino acid called L-theanine (1). L-theanine works by increasing the neurotransmitter GABA which helps with dopamine (the happy hormone) production, creating a relaxing and soothing effect on the body (1).
3. Can potentially support weight loss
Some research has shown that green tea can support weight loss. It has been shown to boost your metabolism rate which, in turn, can increase fat burning (1). But it’s important to remember that not all studies have shown an increase in metabolism, so the same effect might not work for you!
I don’t like the taste of green tea, but I want the benefits, what can I do?
So, you want all of these amazing benefits, but you hate the taste? We totally get it! That’s why we’ve got some delicious exante healthy drinks. They’re perfect for anyone craving that green tea goodness, minus the taste!
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