• Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has a long and revered history as not only a refreshing drink, but also as a medicine throughout Asia and China. It has been used for thousands of years in China especially, and is often used to improved health by helping to lower blood pressure and maintain a healthy weight by raising the metabolism.

The thinking behind the added benefits of green tea over normal black tea may be down to the processing of the tealeaves. Regular black tea is fermented whereas green tea is not exposed to the fermenting process during it preparation. This results in green tea retaining more of its beneficial substances such as antioxidants and trace elements.

Although it is quite widely known that green tea can be used to aid weight loss, there are also other benefits of green tea that you may not be aware of.

Health benefits of Green Tea

Can reduce bad cholesterol
Green tea can help to reduce bad cholesterol circulating in your blood and aid in the balance of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.

Improves skin
As a beauty booster, green tea can apparently help fight wrinkles and ageing skin through its supply of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant elements into the tissues of the skin. You can also use green tea topically to help sooth and repair sun damaged skin, so it is always wise to pack some green tea into your luggage when taking a holiday or trip to sunnier climates.

Fights cold and flu
For colds and flu, there is nothing better than keeping yourself well topped up with regular drinks of green tea. The catechins found in tea have a very strong antiviral and antibacterial effect on your system, which makes this a very effective treatment to not only fight the virus and keep you well hydrated, but to also helps reduce the spread of colds and flu to others.

Good for your teeth
Green tea is good for your teeth! Yes you heard right - regularly drinking green tea can help to subdue and reduce bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections and dental decay. So if you don't like visiting the dentist, you would be well advised to drink plenty of green tea to help reduce the need for those dreaded tooth fillings.

Improves your mood
If you suffer from low moods or mild depression, drinking green tea could be just the tonic you need to lift your mood. Tealeaves contain a natural amino acid called theanine that can have a relaxing effect on your brain.

So drink up your green tea to gain all the above benefits and more! Your body and mind will thank you for it.

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