I’ve been drinking green tea for a number of years now. Exactly how many, I can’t quite remember. It was a nurse who suggested I should try it during one of my many hospital admissions. And although my memory is pretty fuzzy of how the conversation went, I probably wouldn’t have discovered it otherwise. When I first tried it I’m sure I made a face like a cat licking a chilli – it did not taste good. It’s also safe to say it took me a while to find a green tea I actually liked. I tried loose leaf, bagged, jasmine, sencha, matcha and gunpowder, as well as trying a few other varieties that were mixed with black tea – just for good measure. My favourite at the moment is Tea Pigs Mao Feng, and my fall back is this Tazo Zen tea that also includes a mix of lemongrass and spearmint (this can also be found in Starbucks). Sometimes, I find myself picking up some jasmine loose leaf when I call into our nearest Chinese supermarket too.
5 Common Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea:
The health benefits of drinking green tea are pretty impressive, but if you’re still on the fence about trying it, hopefully, the list below will help move you in the right direction.
Drinking Green Tea Can Help With:
Weight Loss: Studies show that the properties in green tea boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning, so if you’re looking to shift a couple of extra pounds you could easily add a few cups into your diet. I have an underactive thyroid, and even though I’m on medication to keep it under control, drinking green tea on a daily basis can only be an added bonus.
Reducing Blood Pressure: Drinking green tea regularly is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Not bad going from a cuppa. As I’ve always had blood pressure at the lower end of the normal scale, I’m lucky this doesn’t affect me.
Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s: As well as improving brain function in the short term, studies show that some properties of green tea can have protective effects on brain cells which could reduce the risk of illness later on in life. As there’s a history of Alzheimer’s in my family, I was pleased I’d already been drinking green tea for a number of years when I discovered this information.
Lowering Cholesterol: Studies suggest that drinking 5 cups of green tea a day can significantly reduce cholesterol levels. I’m also lucky on the cholesterol front that due to my lifestyle choices this isn’t an issue for me, and it’s doubtful it ever will be.
Reducing Signs of Ageing: Due to the antioxidant properties of green tea, it can also help reduce wrinkles and other signs of ageing on our skin. The closer I get to 40, the more concerned I become about the signs of ageing, so I was very happy to hear about this piece of information!
This obviously isn’t an exhaustive list, it’s just a few of the more common benefits that can come from drinking green tea.
How Many Cups Should You Drink to Get the Benefits?
It’s still debatable as to how many cups we should drink a day. Some studies show as little as 2 can help us reap the benefits, others suggest up to 5. And as everyone tolerates things differently, I think it also depends on the person. I normally drink about 3 cups a day, and for someone who has an under-active thyroid and a history of Alzheimer’s in my family, I find it comforting that along with my other lifestyle choices, this is another thing that benefits my health.
Where Can You Buy It?
When I first started drinking green tea it was virtually impossible to find, but nowadays it’s common for supermarkets to stock a number of different varieties and brands. It’s also widely available across many coffee shops. Restaurants such as Wagamama offer it for free with your meal, which is an added bonus. And just like it did for me, it may take a bit of trial and error before you find a green tea that suits your palate – but don’t give up – there’s bound to be one out there to suit you.
I’m not a health professional by any means, these are just a few things I’ve read over the years. If you’d like to find out more information about the benefits of green tea, I suggest you head over to your favourite search engine and do some research.