4 Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

By: Megan Landean, M. Ed.

Happy St. Patrick's Day Trilogy Fam! We hope your day is filled with lots of green: green socks, green hats, green Leprechaun's running around. Before you reach for that green beer though, maybe take a side step and opt for some green tea instead. Green tea might not be your first choice for a beverage, but maybe after you hear these 4 benefits you'll understand the good luck green tea can bring to your health.

#1: It's A Lucky Charm For Weight Loss
Green tea has contains compounds, called catechins, which effect our bodies metabolism and can lead to weight loss. One study found that the weight loss was most significant in the abdominal regions of the participants. This is great news because the fat stored in our abdominal regions produces a greater risk for diseases like cancer and type 2 diabetes.

Another study found that individuals who were trying to lose weight also found an increase of calories burned per day when drinking green tea. Now, don't just go thinking you can burn a crazy amount of calories by chugging green tea. This is only a mild aid. To really see weight loss benefits, you'll also need to increase your movement and healthy food intake.

#2: Fightin' Disease
Green tea is known as a superfood because of it's high content of antioxidants. Antioxidants are what fight off diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease and more. You may be thinking but how do they do that? When toxins enter our body (through things like food consumption or environmental exposure), they cause what's known as oxidative damage. This damage can lead to an uncontrolled growth in cells (a.k.a. cancer), quicker aging, or increases in inflammation. Regular consumption of green tea can help fight off that oxidative damage because of those antioxidants.

#3: You'll Remember Where You Hid That Pot O' Gold

Since our brains control everything we say and do, it's only appropriate that we want them to be healthy. Drinking green tea regularly has shown to improve overall brain function and protect against age-related brain diseases.

Green tea contains two "brain-boosting" ingredients: Caffeine and L-Theanine. With caffeine, we can see an overall improvement in mood, reaction time, memory and more. Sure, you can get this same affect with consuming coffee. But, on average, people experience less side effects, for example "jitters", when consuming green tea compared to coffee because the caffeine content is lower.

With L-Theanine, you can have a decrease in anxiety effects and increase in dopamine, among other things. An added bonus? When caffeine and L-Theanine work together they can produce a higher brain function in an individual all while having a more stable alertness, when compared to coffee.

When looking at the long-term effects on our brains, we all worry about diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The good news is that studies show consistently consuming green tea can lower the risk for developing these diseases by protecting our neurons.

#4: Kiss me I- Have Good Breath!

Remember those catechins we talked about earlier? Well, they're going to be brought up again. Not only are these catechins good for aiding in weight loss, but they can aid in proper oral health. Although drinking green tea can't help reduce the risk of bacteria in the mouth, there is some evidence that it can reduce bad breath. Maybe before you kiss your lucky mate, have a cup o' the good stuff.

Regular consumption of green tea (not just on St. Patrick's Day) is great for your mental and physical health! For more information, reach out to Trilogy today.