Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

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Dr. Trupti Shirole
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Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Health benefits of drinking green tea are plenty. Some of them are given below.

  • EGCG in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells as well as kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.
  • EGCG is effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.
  • EGCG inhibits the abnormal formation of blood clots, which is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.
  • Green tea strengthens the immune system.
  • Drinking green tea improves blood-vessel functioning in patients with coronary heart disease.
  • Green tea can help in weight loss by burning calories. In 1999, researchers at the University of Geneva in Switzerland found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those who were given only caffeine or a placebo.
  • According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published in 1994, drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent.
  • Drinking green tea helps prevent tooth decay. It kills bacteria that cause dental plaque.
  • Green tea has bacteria-destroying abilities and can help prevent food poisoning.
  • Drinking green tea helps soothe a sore throat.
  • A cold compress soaked in green tea helps soothe sunburn.
  • The polyphenol found in green tea acts as a radiation-resistance agent.
  • Tea leaves contain fluoride and phytoestrogens, which may increase bone density and help prevent osteoporosis.
  • Green tea lixivium contains hypoglycemic agents like polysaccharide (glucose, gum sugar and ribose), catechin substance and diphenylamine. Vitamin B1 and C in green tea boosts metabolism of blood sugar of human body. Drinking green tea daily can reduce the level of blood sugar and protect from hyperglycemia and diabetes.

References:

  1. Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans - (https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/70/6/1040/4729179)
  2. Reduced Risk of Esophageal Cancer Associated With Green Tea Consumption - (http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/86/11/855.abstract)

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