The green is the miracle drink from China made its way into Americans all across the nation for its amazing health benefits. From a weight loss aid to targeting pancreatic cancer, green tea has turned out to be a medicinal drink that has the power of curing the illnesses.
Here are surprising health reasons why you should go green and let it be your cup of tea:
- Reduces Allergies
Green tea may need to be added to your allergy season arsenal. Drinking the green liquid may provide some relief, as it’s been proven to be anti-allergenic.
A 2007 study published in the journal Cytotechnology found the tea polyphenol can reduce pollen allergies.
- Boosts Eyesight
The antioxidants found in green tea can actually go to the tissues of the eyes and produce antioxidant activity. Catechins, an antioxidant in green tea, are capable of being absorbed into the tissues of the eye.
A 2001 study published in the journal Experimental Eye Research found green tea can actually prevent cataract-induced blindness.
- Lowering the Cholesterol
The access to greasy foods puts your health at risk for heart-related complications like high cholesterol. Replacing unhealthy snacks and drinks with green tea could actually help keep your cholesterol levels at bay. Green tea’s powerful antioxidant, EGCG, is believed to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from the large intestine.
A 2011 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found green tea consumption significantly lowered the total serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol across 14 randomized controlled trials of over 1100 participants. Overall, green tea intake led to significant reductions in total cholesterol — 7.2mg/dL, and mean low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (2.19 mg/dL). Research suggests drinking five cups of green tea per day will provide the biggest reduction in cholesterol.
- Wards Off Oral Cancer
Green tea has been known to target pancreatic cancer, and most recently oral cancer. Its strongest antioxidant, ECG, is able to help kill cancer cells through destruction of the cells’ mitochondria.
- UV Protection
You may want to add a packet of green tea in addition to sunscreen and sunglasses when you visit the beach. The catechins in green tea can actually make the skin more resistant to the effects of UV rays and therefore premature skin aging. They can also lead to reduced skin redness after UV exposure.