Coffe or Green Tea?!
Which one is better? Should I go for Green Tea instead of coffee?
Actually, they are both very healthy because they both have: Caffeine! Which the magical substance it is! Therefore, coffee and green tea have quite similar benefits.
These are some of those benefits:
1. Green tea helps to avoid Cancer.
The National Cancer Institute has shown that the polyphenols in tea decrease tumour growth and may protect against damage caused by ultraviolet rays (UVB radiation).
However, the exact mechanism by which tea interacts with cancerous cells is unknown and other studies have not found that green tea can reduce cancer risk.
2. Green tea protects your heart.
A 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which followed over 40,000 Japanese individuals between 40 and 79 years old during an 11 year period, demonstrated that the participants who drank at least 5 cups of green tea per day had a significantly lower risk of dying especially from cardiovascular disease.
Green tea contains catechins, polyphenolic compounds that are thought to exert protective effects on the cardiovascular system.
3. Green tea lowers Cholesterol.
Some 2011 published studies showed that drinking green tea lowers LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
4. Green tea reduces the risk of stroke.
The journal Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association published a study led by Dr Yoshihiro Kokubo, PhD which proves that drinking green tea or coffee reduces the risk of stroke.
5. Green tea may help to avoid Type II Diabetes.
There is some discrepancy related to green tea and Type II diabetes. Some studies have shown a lower risk of developing Type II diabetes while some others have found no association between them.
6. Weight loss benefits a little from green tea.
Studies have proved that green tea promotes a small, non-significant weight loss in overweight and obese adults. However, since weight loss in the studies was so minimal, green tea does not seem to be clinically important for weight loss.
7. Green tea and inflammatory skin diseases.
In a 2007 study, green tea proved to be very effective as a treatment for inflammatory skin diseases. Patches of red, dry, flaky skin caused by inflammation and overproduction of skin cells are these diseases’ symptoms which were effectively treated with green tea.
8. Green tea helps working memory
The journal Psychopharmacology said that some research proved green tea can enhance the brain’s cognitive functions, especially the working memory.
The research team together with a study published in 2011 said that green tea could be promising in the treatment of dementia (and the like) and it might help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
9. Other studies have found that green tea might be helpful in preventing and treating:
10. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants.
It is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks and contains one of the highest amounts of antioxidants of any tea. Its natural chemicals – polyphenols – are what are thought to provide its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects. Polyphenols contain catechins which are antioxidants that are said to prevent cell damage.
*Avoid green tea if you are sensitive to caffeine.
*Due to its Vitamin K contents, green tea should not be taken together with blood thinners, especially with aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) because they both reduce the clotting effectiveness of platelets.
*Taken together with other stimulant drugs could increase blood pressure and heart rate.
*DO NOT ADD SUGAR or any other sweetener. Health benefits to Green Tea consumption, are completely offset by adding sugar.
Well, whether all those benefits are proven or not, green tea, as well as coffee, should definitely be included in our daily diet. They are both delicious and they both promise to provide incredibly beneficial nutrients and antioxidants that will make us more beautiful and healthier.
Excess is always bad. So,
Moderation is the golden key!
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