Green Tea Benefits for Good Health and Wellness

Green tea benefits aren't the only reason to add this tea to your day - you'll love its tantalizing aroma and incredible taste, too. 

Green tea comes to us from the Camellia sinensis plant (as do black, white, and oolong teas), and this light-colored, nutritious tea can encourage wellness in so many ways. Choose green tea to boost your antioxidant intake, enhance your complexion, support heart, bone, and brain health, and much more. 

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Fragrant, revitalizing, and so flavorful, green tea is the perfect beverage when you're wanting to do some good for your health. Here are some of the green tea benefits you'll enjoy when you steep a cup of this amazing tea...

  • Green tea is brimming with powerful antioxidants. In fact, one of green tea's antioxidants - EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) - provides more antioxidant protection than many other foods renowned for high antioxidant properties, such as strawberries, broccoli, and spinach. An antioxidant-rich diet helps to lessen our risk of chronic disease, keeps us looking and feeling youthful, supports the immune system, and protects us against harmful free radicals. Tasty green tea is an easy, affordable, and very effective way to boost daily antioxidant intake.  
  • Sip some green tea to protect against chronic inflammation. We know that low-grade chronic inflammation plays a significant role in the onset and development of many health concerns and diseases (such as IBS, PCOS, premature aging, obesity, heart disease, and more). Green tea, by reducing oxidative stress, can aid in fighting and protecting us from harmful chronic inflammation. 

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  • Steep some green tea and show your heart some love. Another reason to love green tea is how heart-healthy this brew is. Enjoying 1/2 cup of green (or oolong) tea each for a year or more can promote healthy blood pressure and may considerably reduce the chance of developing high blood pressure. Regular consumption of green tea may also lower the risk of heart disease, and - another bonus for heart health - green tea's antioxidants support heart muscle health. 

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  • Boost mental health (now and in the future) with delicious green tea. Developing a green-tea habit can enhance cognitive health and function now and also as we age. Studies show that consistent consumption of this beneficial tea over time can help to keep memory sharp and protect us against age-related cognitive decline, dementia, and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimers' and Parkinson's. 
  • Support a healthy weight with green tea. Looking to reach - or stay at - your healthy weight? If so, green tea may be a good addition to your weight-management plan. Not only can its potent antioxidants boost metabolism, this flavorful tea will also keep you feeling satisfied (and less apt to crave sweets and unhealthy snacks). The EGCG in green tea promotes fat burning, too. And, like other teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant, green tea has caffeine, which can provide additional healthy-weight benefits

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  • Enjoy green tea regularly to support bone health and strength. As we age, our bones become thinner and weaker, and we lose bone mass. But, if green, black, and/or oolong tea is a regular part of your diet, you're taking a positive step towards boosting bone strength and reducing the chance of bone fractures. Research shows that enjoying one (or more) of these teas regularly for at least 6 years leads to a stronger overall BMD (bone mineral density). Green tea has been shown to reduce oxidative stress, which in turn can lead to improved bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Numerous studies have shown that enjoying green tea regularly may aid in strengthening bones, lessening bone loss that occurs due to aging and chronic inflammation, and providing protection against fractures and osteoporosis in women and men of all ages. 

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Green tea is so lovely served hot or iced - and in delectable tea smoothies. Get some tea smoothie recipes, ideas, and inspiration in our Tea Smoothies book

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Green tea can provide us with so many wellness benefits - it nurtures us physically and mentally, and sipping a soothing, restorative cup of green tea with a good friend fosters our emotional and social health, as well.

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