Other than water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. The more popular tea is black tea which comprises 78 percent of the tea consumed worldwide. Only about 20 percent is green tea.
Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves and is on the least processed types of tea. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients and it is one of the healthiest beverages on earth.
What are some of the health benefits of green tea?
- Weight Loss
Green tea speeds up your metabolism and the compound found in green tea helps in fat burning. Study has shown that fat oxidation was increased by 17 percent. Green tea was also linked to significant but modest reduction in LDL or commonly known as bad cholesterol.
- Cardiovascular Health
A molecule found in green tea helps to protect against atherosclerosis, which is a common cause of heart attacks and stroke. Atherosclerosis is a buildup of plaque within the arteries. Atherosclerosis can result in a plethora of problems such as coronary artery disease.
- Type 2 Diabetes
Green tea has been shown to regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. Green tea has been proven to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels thus preventing or controlling diabetes.
- Cancer Prevention
The high level of powerful antioxidants in green tea makes them a wonderful agent for lowering risk of cancer. Observational studies have shown that green tea drinkers are less likely to develop several types of cancer.