The Antioxidising Benefits of Green Tea

For centuries, people have been drinking green tea. In fact, it may be one of the oldest beverages known to man. The reason so many people drink green tea is because studies have shown that green tea has many health benefit. One of these is its anti-oxidizing benefits.
The body needs oxygen and of course this can be found in the air we breathe. With enough oxygen in our bodies it will burn the fat and glucose that is present in our body and also supply the needed energy and heat. Unfortunately, oxygen can also be harmful to your body as well.

One of the by products of oxygen is free radicals. On occasion, other molecules with react with the free radicals and these can disrupt the normal functioning of the molecules. If this is to continue over time this may lead to damage to the tissues and finally to the destructions of important cells in your body. The abnormal functioning of these molecules can cause diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, artherosclerosis, Parkinson’s disease as well as heart disease. Thankfully the human body is equipped with a defence against these free radicals and you can help your body do this.

By eating many vegetables and fruits which contain the anti-oxidants you can prevent the free radicals from causing harm to your body. Green tea also contains these free radical fighting anti-oxidants. Just by eating the fruit and vegetables and drinking the green tea you are already on your way to improving your health.

Green tea is made from the plant Camellia Sinesis and the Chinese have been using this plant for centuries to fight all sorts of illnesses. Green tea is also extremely popular in countries such as Japan, Thailand and India.

Traditional Chinese medicine includes green tea for the properties it holds such as being a stimulant, an astringent that will control bleeding and heal wounds. It can also be used as a diuretic ensuring the excretion of urine and it can also heal your heart. Green tea has many polycatechins – these are responsible for many different benefits in health.

Apart from the anti-oxidizing properties of Green tea it also contains vitamins A, E and C. It is also an anti-carcinogenic, cardio-protective, neuro protective and an anti-microbial. There is also an antioxidant in green tea called epigallocatechin gallate; this can help in the prevention of cancer.

Now that you know why so many people are using green tea you may realize why you should be drinking it. It can improve your overall health and it is an affordable product for everyone and can be incorporated into your diet with minimum fuss.
Another great thing about green tea is that it can help you to lose weight. If you drink the tea during meals, you will find that you don’t eat as much which will help you lose weight faster and green tea will also give you more energy that will increase your desire to exercise. So as you can see, Green tea has many benefits with no nasty side effects.

Did I mention that it doesn’t alter the taste of a good smoothie when blended well? :)

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