8 Benefits You Didn’t Know About Green Tea
The second most popular drink in the world right under water, green tea.
What’s up guys I’m Clark welcome back to weekly Wednesday health hack where we go over things that make you happy, healthy and inspired. Let’s talk about green tea, now let’s not that just write it off and say okay we have heard it before. Let us really get into some of the benefits and research.
I posted the studies down below, the links to them if you want to check it out yourself. So I’m going to go over eight of them. Eight cool benefits of green tea and then I am going to show you how you make it and incorporate into your everyday to get those benefits.
Let’s get going;
1. FAT BURNER
EGCG this is a compound in green tea that has been linked to lots of the fat burning properties and I want to talk about two studies specifically. The first study I think it falls in 10 Japanese men and it showed a 4% increase in overall metabolism and another study showed that the fat oxidation rate was increased by 17% meaning that not only is your metabolism is boasted by green tea but the actual rate of fat oxidation is increased as well; so you are able to specifically target your fat instead of just general calories focus, pretty cool.
2. FOCUS & CLARITY
Focus and mental clarity is another benefit of green tea. Now this is a personal one for me because about two weeks ago I switched from coffee. I have been a lifelong coffee drinker, I mean I grew up in Seattle so we are practically doing gummers with the stuff and I started drinking coffee when I was 10 and I’ve been drinking it ever seen and I’ve been on and off of coffee about 50 times in my life and the times I’m off of it I am on tea and I noticed that there is just such a mental clarity you get and your focus and concentration is so much better. Now personally I’m not sure if that’s the tea’s benefit or the benefit of not having coffee but I definitely noticed it in the past two weeks since I’ve been drinking green tea. My mental clarity has gone up and now I was researching this and that is because green tea has an amino acid, L-theanine I believe it’s pronounced that actually has a synergistic effect with caffeine and can cross a blood brain barrier without getting too complex basically you are able to tap in and focus a lot better than some of the other stuff because of that amino acid.
Some studies have shown that it has anti-anxiety effects which is really cool because with coffee you know you can get the jitters and you can get stressed out and I remember my shirts would start pitting and all this gross stuff but I don’t get that with tea.
The next benefit of green tea is that you will die less in one study of 14,000 adults those who drink the most green tea were 64% less likely to die over the 6 years study.
5. SKIN HEALTH
Green tea has been linked to skin health. Catechins an antioxidant that is I believe it is 200 times more powerful than vitamin E; so get your radiant skin by just drinking green tea.
6. ORAL HEALTH
Multiple studies have come out showing that green tea can prevent tooth decay and increase your overall oral hygiene.
7. ANTI CANCER
Cancer, let us talk about this one, one study found that men who drink green tea had a 48% chance less likely to develop prostate cancer and woman who drink green tea had a 22% less likely chance of developing breast cancer.
BEST WAYS TO USE GREEN TEA:
Let me show you how to actually make this stuff. Alright so let me go over three ways; the first is to brew it yourself with loose leaf now this is probably the most popular method don’t over think it. One or 2 tablespoons of green tea, I’m using a, I kind of gotten on an Asian market, I got three at of them I like to rotate through and this gives you a really strong earthy tasting tea and let it steep for about 3 to 5 minutes. The longer you let it steep the more bitter it gets and potentially the more caffeine. If you want to mix this up go ahead and add mint; you can do a diffuser, ginger or turmeric and lemon actually helps the catechins absorb, so that’s another tip as well.
The second way is the easiest way and that is to buy from the store in a tea bag. You can get these in 100, 200 packs from an Asian market for dirt cheap. Although I’m going to the trusted Trader Joe’s. They never wrong you, although Joe is one trader. I like to do two bags because I am a maniac and I get double the benefits and the third ways is just to take it in a supplement form, an extract you can be careful with this it does have caffeine and you want to do that before any of these before if you are sensitive to caffeine; recommendation for this range from 2 cups a day, 5 cups a day all the way to 10 cups a day.
One Cup of caffeine is about 35 mg which isn’t bad compared to its rival coffee which has 135 mg.
Two tips: the first is do not add milk to this the casein protein is going to inhibit the effect of the anti-oxidant, okay so don’t ever do that. The second tip is to get a good high-quality brand. Some of the lower quality brands have bad handling practices. I have even heard of them having fluoride in them and other not so fun things you just don’t want in a tea.
Okay guys that is your weekly Wednesday health hack, thanks for tuning in!
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PRODUCTS I USE:
Great Green Tea Loose Leaf: http://amzn.to/1Kc8Gha
Great Green Tea Bags: http://amzn.to/1T83yfy
FAT OXIDATION: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18326618
PROSTATE CANCER: http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/167/1/71.abstract
BREAST CANCER: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16311246
BAD BREATH: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18388413