Health & Fitness

Is green tea really effective? Myths and facts

A cup a day keeps the doctor away — and increase your lifespan

 

No doubt tea and coffee are the most popular drinks to enjoy first thing in the morning but now green tea has gained widespread attention globally as a drink to settle daily caffeine needs and also a weight loss product. It has many other benefits, most common among them is weight loss. And the nature of green tea, being associated with several health benefits is due to its nutritional and antioxidant value. Even it has been used for ages in medicines to treat various health conditions.

Green tea is said to be good for weight loss as it boosts the body’s metabolism. Metabolism is the process that allows the body to convert your food and drink into usable energy. Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is the most effective weight loss strategy. But green tea when used alongside these methods can increase the positive result. This amazing drink boosts up your weight loss journey and helps you lose weight quickly. 

When it comes to enjoying the taste of green tea, how your brew it can make all the difference. Do not overheat the water, as excess boiling will damage the catechins. For the best taste and result, boil water and then allow it to rest for ten minutes. Then pour it over the tea leaves and brew it for a minute before pulling out the leaves.  You can add additional things for your flavour such as cinnamon, mint, honey or lemon. Drinking 2 to 3 cups of green tea in one day is sufficient for supplementing weight loss, also the exact amount will vary from person to person depending upon their natural metabolism.

When it comes to enjoying the taste of green tea, how your brew it can make all the difference. Do not overheat the water, as excess boiling will damage the catechins. For the best taste and result, boil water and then allow it to rest for ten minutes. Then pour it over the tea leaves and brew it for a minute before pulling out the leaves.  For weight loss, you can have green tea right after your meals. But you should do it if you do not have a sensitive stomach because green tea is alkaline in nature and stimulates the secretion of extra-gastric juices.

Green tea brings out several health benefits such as, improved brain function, fat loss, protecting against cancer, lowering the risk of heart disease and much more.

Green tea reducing cancer risk:

Green tea contains the antioxidant-compounds that have certainly been touted with cancer-fighting properties. A pair of studies discovered that polyphenols found in green tea may suppress certain tumor cells across the country; more recently, a 2018 review of published research over the last decade found that those who regularly consumed green tea marginally lowered their risk of developing breast cancer.

Plant-based diets are often linked to a reduced risk of cancer plus other chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. Healthy eating habits such as eating fresh fruits, vegetables and fresh juices also contribute to preventing chronic disease and leave less “room” for cancer cells to develop. So if you’re not a green tea lover, never fear! Simply loading up on veggie and fruit based meals and snacks even if you choose to enjoy coffee daily can help to reduce chronic disease risk when consumed consistently.

Green Tea prevents cardiovascular disease

People who frequently drink unsweetened green tea are less likely to develop cardiovascular disease later in life, research says. The tea may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, which may be responsible for the tea’s association with reduced risk of death from heart disease and stroke.  In their large-scale, long-term study, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing tracked 100,902 participants with no prior history of heart attack, stroke, or cancer. This group was split into two cohorts: those who drank tea three or more times a week and those who didn’t. After follow-ups for a median time of 7.3 years, researchers determined that those who drank tea more frequently were more likely to stay healthy for a longer period of time. Habitual tea drinkers were found to be 20 percent less likely to develop heart disease and stroke, 22 percent less likely to die from heart disease and stroke, and 15 percent less likely to die of other causes.

Green tea can help lower blood sugar.

If you’re drinking unsweetened versions of green tea it’s certainly a blood sugar-lowering beverage. But lately, I’m seeing green tea as an ingredient used in everything from sugary juices, “tonics” and “elixirs” to frozen yogurt, pasta sauce, and dressings, which can be loaded with sugar. Be sure to scan the nutrients label on any packaged products to ensure you’re not accidentally guzzling tons of added sugars every day.

Green tea as a mood enhancer:

Green tea has many positive effects on your health, it boosts your brain power and lifts up your mood. It also depends on the person at what point they consider as a mood enhancer. Research has also linked 1- thiamine consumption to reduce anxiety and improved focus — but if you’re drinking caffeine-containing green tea (and you’re sensitive to caffeine), you may not find guzzling the green stuff to be all that soothing. This one’s highly based on personal tolerance, so if you know you’re easily ruffled by caffeine of your favorite beverages, you may want to avoid the caffeinated varieties of all tea and coffee beverages in the afternoon through bedtime.

Green tea boosts metabolism is a myth

Some researches linked increased metabolic rate with drinking green tea. But no, the only true variable factor in your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is increasing your lean body mass, a.k.a. building muscle. That’s why strength training is key to keeping your metabolism up for the long-term, and crucial to bone, muscle, and immune function, which ultimately helps to support metabolism over time. 

It does not burns belly fat immediately 

Any time you change your diet to start a new plan, in which you burn more energy than you consume, you’ll likely “burn” off some additional fat mass (for many of us, that’s stored around the tummy area, so you may notice a little tightening-up!). That said, not one single food or drink can “spot train” any body parts! Keep in mind that green tea beverages (like sugary lattes, sparkling green teas with added sugar, and green tea “flavored” drinks) are often still sugary beverages, which has been linked to weight gain over time (specifically, abdominal fat), so just make sure that you’re choosing versions with zero grams of sugar and zero calories per serving.

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