Green Tea- Nutrition and Health Benefits
Green tea is a type of tea that is made from Camellia sinensis leaves. Green tea originated in China and it has spread to other countries in East Asia.
So, now green tea is manufacturing all over the world. There are different types of green tea.
Generally, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. Most of the people consume black tea but few people drink green tea. Due to less processing green tea is rich with antioxidants and polyphenols.
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages in the world. It has abundant amounts of nutrients, antioxidants and alkaloids. So that green tea show many positive health benefits.
Green tea contains many vitamins like vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Vitamin D. It also contains some minerals such as zinc, manganese. Green tea can have positive effects on weight loss, liver disorders, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The most important nutrient is water which is used to hydrate our body. Water is available in abundant quantity in green tea. So that green tea is also used for hydrating purpose next to water.
Green tea is also said to be detox tea as it performs detoxification by removing toxic substances from the body. Green tea is also said to be relaxing agent as it play a role in brain functions to keep to mentally healthy.
- Helps in weight Loss
- Reduce the risk of cancers
- Decrease type-2 diabetes
- Helps in detoxification
- Lowers cholesterol
- Promotes heart health
- Improve liver disorders
- Aid in digestion
- Helps to maintain mental health
- Anti Aging properties
As green tea is rich in polyphenols, it can also act as anti-inflammatory agent. Presence of antioxidants prevent the damage from free radicals. Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage.
Like coffee, green tea also contains little amount of caffeine but it is not harmful as in coffee. Caffeine improves the brain function by increasing the concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.
Drinking green tea about 3 to 5 times per day is beneficial but when taken in excess it may harm your health. It doesn’t contain any fat, carbohydrates, or protein, and there aren’t any calories if sugar is not added in it.