The ever-growing list of benefits of drinking green tea inspires our love affair with this delicious tea! For many years, many of us considered tea little more than a beverage and a lifestyle habit more suited to our grandmothers...
Now, thanks to growing awareness of tea benefits for physical, mental, and emotional health, more and more of us are turning to tea for its health and wellness properties - and for its delicious, soothing taste and inviting aroma, as well.
The popularity of green tea, in particular, has grown at an astounding rate.
Here are more research findings about the benefits of drinking green tea.
A study of over 80,000 Japanese adults over an average time period of 13 years found that those who drank 2 to 3 six-ounce cups of green tea each day had a 14% lower chance of stroke than adults who consumed minimal or no green tea at all.
Increasing that amount to 4 cups daily increased their risk prevention to 20%.
The research results also found that drinking 5 or more cups of green tea daily decreased the chance of dying from cardiovascular disease by 26%. And, 2 cups of green tea daily provided a 32% lower risk of intracerebral hemorrhage.
This study also looked at the effects of coffee on stroke and other cardiovascular risks (good news for coffee drinkers, too!). Read more about this research here.
Another Japanese population study begun in 1994 involved over 40,500 adults who were followed for up to 11 years. This study found that drinking green tea regularly lowers the risk of death by cardiovascular disease - especially stroke. Drinking 5 or more cups of green tea each day was found to lower the chance of death from cardiovascular disease by 26%.
The study indicated that the positive effects of green tea consumption were slightly greater for women than men.
At Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw, Poland, in 2001, researchers studied the effects of green tea on oxidative stress and muscular damage after exercise.
During the study, 35 male students participated in 4 weeks of strength training, and those who were also give a green tea extract supplement were found to have less muscle damage and higher levels of antioxidants, which may protect against the oxidative damage cause by exercise.
If you'd like to read more about this study, you can find the research abstract here.
A 2012 study at UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) targeted the effects of green tea consumption on prostate cancer.
The 67 study participants, who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and were scheduled for prostatectomy, were randomly divided into 2 groups. For 3 to 8 weeks, while one group drank 6 cups of water each day, the other group consumed 6 cups of steeped green tea each day.
Research results found that regular green tea consumption leads to reduced inflammation, which may prevent prostate tumor growth or even reduce the chance of developing prostate cancer.
Believe it or not, there's more... You'll find more research about green tea health benefits here!
It's so easy to slip into a 'tea rut' and stick with our familiar favorite teas day after day... But, if you haven't tried green tea, why not make a point to pick up some loose or bagged green tea the next time you visit your online or local tea shop?
This wonderful, healthful tea comes in so many flavors, you'll have no trouble finding a green tea you'd like to try. Good for your emotional wellness, and for your physical and mental health, too!
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). (2012, October 18). Green tea reduced inflammation, may inhibit prostate cancer tumor growth, research finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 19, 2016 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121018121956.htm.
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