More Ways Green Tea Benefits Health

You'll love how green tea benefits health, from easing feelings of stress and improving alertness to supporting dental health and enhancing skin beauty and wellness. 

Tea is an extraordinarily popular beverage around the world (two-thirds of us love and enjoy tea worldwide). And, since ancient times, drinking tea has been considered beneficial for good health. Today, we continue to turn to teas and herbal tisanes for so many reasons. 

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If you're looking for a tea that is delicious, fragrant, and incredibly beneficial, green tea may be the perfect choice for you. Pour yourself a cup of this powerhouse tea and read on to learn more about the multitude of ways green tea benefits health (if you missed the first page of our Green Tea Benefits section, you'll find it here). 

  • Enjoy green tea for better dental health. Green tea (and oolong and black teas, as well) may help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. These teas can provide protection against cavities, dental plaque, and tooth decay by stopping the growth of cavity-producing bacteria in our mouths, and preventing existing bacteria from producing acid. Research suggests that, in general, tea drinkers tend to have fewer cavities and better overall dental health as compared to those who choose carbonated drinks or coffee. 
  • Green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that can promote wellness in many ways. L-theanine supports healthy blood pressure, relieves feelings of stress and helps us relax, improves concentration, helps with weight management, and much more. And, L-theanine combined with green tea's caffeine is especially effective at enhancing alertness. 

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  • Sip some green tea to promote healthy blood sugar levels. Another reason to include this healthful brew in your day... Studies show that long-term consumption of green (or black) tea (1 - 2 cups per day) may lower the risk of developing diabetes. 
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  • Drink some green tea for post-exercise benefits. If you're looking for a refreshing, reparative beverage to enjoy after exercise, activity, or a workout, try some green tea. Green tea's beneficial antioxidants can assist in reducing muscle damage and may protect against the oxidative stress caused by exercise.  
  • Enjoy caffeine benefits with green tea. True teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant (green, black, oolong, and white teas) have low levels of naturally occurring caffeine, which can boost energy, concentration, and metabolism, amongst other benefits (learn more here about caffeine benefits). If you're concerned about feeling jittery with the caffeine in green tea, keep in mind that most people feel calmer (rather than jumpy or on edge) after consuming this beneficial brew. 

Green Tea Tweaks

If you'd like to switch up the taste of your green tea occasionally, why not add a dollop of your favorite jam or jelly to hot green tea? (Cherry or raspberry jelly are delicious.) Or serve green tea iced with lemon - a refreshing and tasty classic. 

  • Enhance skin wellness and beauty with green tea. Sipping some green tea can provide benefits for your complexion, and topical use of green tea (in a facial steam, compress, bath, and so on) can support your hardworking skin in many ways, too. Read more here about green tea benefits for skin, or try a rejuvenating Green Tea Facial Steam
  • Heighten mental concentration, alertness, and energy with green tea. If you have an important exam or meeting coming up, or maybe mid-afternoon fatigue has just set in, brew and sip a cup of green tea (or black tea) for a much-needed boost in cognitive function. Drinking tea is known to improve clarity of mind, memory, alertness, focus, and decision-making abilities. This increased cognitive performance is due to tea's naturally occurring caffeine and other beneficial compounds. 

Be Safe - Green Tea Precautions

Fragrant, delicious green tea is considered safe for most healthy adults, but always use common sense when consuming any tea or herbal tisane (e.g. drink tea in moderation, and don't drink tea that is harmfully hot). Also, if you're new to green tea (and wanting to dive right in and enjoy these many ways that green tea benefits health), keep in mind that large amounts of this brew have been known to cause feelings of nausea or tummy troubles for some people, so consume only small amounts at first until you know how your body feels about green tea. 

Also, green tea does contain caffeine, so, if you are sensitive to caffeine or trying to cut back, you may want to watch your green-tea intake or consider a caffeine-free herbal tea, instead. 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please check with your trusted healthcare provider about safe amounts of green tea for you and your little one. Also, if you are being treated for or taking medication for any condition (e.g. diabetes, a heart condition, or any blood condition), please check with your healthcare practitioner about green tea for you. 

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Green tea is incredibly popular with countless people around the world, and this isn't surprising, with its delicious, calming flavor, let alone the many ways green tea benefits health and wellness. 

Be sure to keep some of this amazing brew in your tea stash. It's an ideal tea when you need a bit of comfort and want to do some good for your health, too.

Have you tried green tea yet? This delicious, aromatic, healthful tea is available in so many different blends and flavors... you're sure to find one (or many) that you love. Your taste buds - and your body - will thank you. 

Green Tea benefits Health Topically, too

Not only exceptionally good for us as a beverage, green tea can provide wonderful benefits when used topically, as well. Drop by our Green Tea Skin Benefits page to learn more. 

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