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Why is Green Tea Good for You?

One aspect of human health that can easily be improved by taking some simple measures is the immune system. Here, we’ll look at one of the ways in which to do this, which is by getting into the habit of drinking green tea!

So why is green tea good for you? Well, for many reasons, not least of those being that it contains a large proportion of antioxidants, which are the compounds that mop up free radicals inside the body. Free radicals can do a lot of cell damage in the body and research has shown that they are responsible for the formation of cancer cells.

So by consuming food and drinks that contain antioxidants, we keep levels of free radicals in the body down to the basest minimum where they can’t do much damage. Incidentally, they are also responsible for speeding up the aging process, so if you want to live longer and maintain good health, make sure you get plenty of antioxidant rich foods in your diet!

As I was saying, green tea contains lots of antioxidants and by drinking two or three cups a day, you will be doing your health a great service indeed, as well as contributing to a longer life.

Of course, drinking green tea alone will not save you if you still smoke, drink too much alcohol, or breathe in too many pollutants that are found in many large overcrowded cities. But its a step in the right direction.

Green tea has also been shown to reduce levels of bad LDL cholesterol in the bloodstream, helping to reduce blood clots, the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Similarly, green tea has been found to suppress the levels of insulin released into the blood stream after eating fatty or high sugar foods or carbohydrates of the high glycemic index variety.

This means that by drinking a cup of green tea shortly after eating these foods, you will reduce the amount of insulin that gets released and that means a lower amount of those sugars get converted to fat for storage, hence making the benefits of green tea for weight loss (see here: for more info) an even better proposition.

Heart disease is also catered for by drinking green tea as it contains compounds known as EGCG, which has been found, in a 1997 research in the university of Kansas to be is twice as powerful as the resveratrol contained in red wine.

Drinking green tea can also kill the bacteria found in the mouth that causes dental plaque, so helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy and longer lasting.

If you want to lose some weight, this can also help. In 1999, researchers discovered, during a study undertaken at Switzerland’s University of Geneva that a group of men who took a combination of caffeine and green tea extract were burning more calories than the group of men given only caffeine or the control group who took just a placebo.

So now you know why green tea is good for you in more ways than just as a refreshing, great tasting beverage!