You’ve probably heard that green tea is good for you, but did you realize just how good? We’re talking best-beverage-on-the-planet good.
“It’s the healthiest thing I can think of to drink,” says Christopher Ochner, Ph.D., assistant professor and research scientist in nutrition at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Icahn School of Medicine.
Yes, that’s partly because green tea has zero calories. “All things being equal, if you sub 1 to 2 cups of green tea for one can of daily soda, over the next year you’d save over 50,000 calories,” Ochner says. That’s enough to lose more than 15 pounds!
But let’s just call that a fringe benefit that allows you to imbibe green tea’s healthful ingredients completely guilt-free. That’s because we found five more scientific reasons you literally can’t get enough of it.
Green tea can help you . . .
1. Fight Cancer and Heart Disease
Green tea’s biggest benefit? It’s high catechin content, says Beth Reardon, R.D., a nutritionist in Boston. Catechins are antioxidants that can help prevent the damaging effects of oxidation on your body’s cells, which is a cause of many types of cancer. They can also help extinguish inflammation—a condition linked strongly to heart disease and diabetes—and enhance your immune function, according to researchers at Penn State University.
2. Burn Fat Faster
Green tea has to be the world’s #1 diet drink. Research shows that compounds in this beverage may boost your metabolism and increase the amount of fat your body uses for energy. In one study, Dutch scientists found that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)—a key catechin in green tea—helped successful dieters continue to lose weight, while those in a placebo group regained almost half the pounds they had dropped. What’s more, green tea also contains caffeine, which can act as a powerful appetite suppressant.
3. Keep Your Mind Young
What’s good for the heart is usually good for the brain. In one Swiss study, MRIs revealed that people who drank green tea had greater activity in the working-memory area of their brains. What’s more, green tea has been shown to help block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, a Japanese study found that drinking two cups of green tea a day lowers your risk of age-related cognitive decline by 50 percent.
4. Lower Your Cholesterol
Replacing unhealthy snacks and drinks with green tea could keep your cholesterol levels at bay. Green tea’s powerful antioxidant, EGCG, is believed to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from your large intestine. Research suggests drinking five cups of green tea per day will provide the greatest reduction in cholesterol.
5. Protect Your Teeth and Gums
A study published in the Journal of Periodontology found that regularly drinking green tea reduces symptoms of periodontal disease, possibly due to those awesome catechins. (Is there anything they can’t do?) Green tea may also control bacteria, fight dental plaque, and lower the acidity of your saliva—all of which helps prevent cavities and other oral health problems.
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