The expression, “it pays to drink tea and mind your business” might sound very ‘Gen-Z-ish’ and smart mouthed but when you think about it, there’s actually a whole lot of truth to it. A lot of us have had a longstanding relationship with the so-called nectar of the gods, but have you been consuming your tea the healthy way? And what benefits do you stand to gain from gulping this satisfying substance regularly? No matter what the season, tea can be a tasty beverage since it can be served iced or hot.
But its benefits go far beyond refreshment. There is plenty of research showing that drinking tea can actually boost your health. Tea, especially green tea, is a rich source of flavonoids, bioactive compounds that can lessen oxidative stress, relieve inflammation, and provide other health benefits.
It is a popular beverage consumed worldwide, originally spawned in Asia. In recent years, it has also gained popularity as a health drink.
Green tea is derived from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and comes in several varieties.
It can be enjoyed hot, cold or even in powdered form, and it’s recognized for its high antioxidant content and health benefits.
But how much green tea should you drink to achieve these benefits? And could drinking too much be dangerous?
HOW MUCH GREEN TEA IS IDEAL?
Studies that explore the benefits of green tea show conflicting evidence about exactly how much you should drink each day.
Some studies show health benefits in people who drink as little as one cup per day, while other studies deem five or more cups per day to be optimal.
Green tea may help lower the risk of several diseases. However, the optimal amount to drink may depend on the disease. It is sufficient to drink three to five cups of green tea per day.
One thing most studies have found is that green tea drinkers are in better health than those who do not drink tea at all.
Here are some more detailed benefits of consuming green tea;
Green Tea Is a Natural Stimulant
Green tea is a natural source of caffeine, making it a great way to perk yourself up when you’re feeling tired. The good news is that green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, meaning that you can sip this beverage throughout the afternoon without significantly disturbing your sleep or suffering through the jittery side effects of a caffeine overdose
It May Rev Up Your Metabolism, Helping You Lose Weight
The phytonutrients in green tea may also help you lose weight and keep it off. A meta-analysis of studies in this area found that drinking catechin-rich green tea significantly reduced body weight. Furthermore, people who drink green tea are more likely to maintain a healthy weight after significant weight loss.
Green Tea Keeps You Looking Youthful
Not only is green tea good for your physical health, but it could also keep you looking amazing. Beauty experts commonly use green tea products for their anti-inflammatory effects. For instance, a combined regimen of 10% green tea cream and green tea supplements improves the elasticity of skin, which keeps your skin looking more youthful as you age.
Green Tea Can Help You Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Green tea is a healthy choice for those worried about added sugars, because it naturally contains zero grams of sugar. Compared to soda and fruit juice, which both contain a lot of sugar, green tea is the healthier choice. If you are accustomed to sugary beverages, it may take some time to adjust to the more astringent flavor of green tea. One good way to reap the benefits of green tea is to mix a tablespoon or two of matcha green tea powder into your smoothies until you get used to drinking green tea on its own.
It May Help Improve Your Working Memory
Research suggests that green tea can enhance our brain’s cognitive functions, particularly the working memory.
The research findings suggest that green tea could be promising in the treatment of cognitive impairments associated with neuropsychiatric disorders, such as dementia.
POPPSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF GREEN TEA CONSUMPTION
There are little to no known side effects or contraindications to drinking green tea for adults. However, the following risks or complications should be made clear:
- Caffeine sensitivity – those with severe caffeine sensitivities could experience insomnia, anxiety, irritability, nausea, or upset stomach.
- Blood thinners – those taking blood thinners (anticoagulant drugs) such as Coumadin/warfarin should drink green tea with caution due to its vitamin K content. It’s also recommended to avoid green tea and aspirin, because they both reduce the clotting effectiveness of palates.
- Other stimulants – if taken with stimulant drugs, green tea could increase blood pressure and heart rate.
So remember, Green tea is packed full of health-promoting compounds and drinking three to five cups of green tea per day seems to be optimal to reap the most health benefits.
Regular consumption can also play a part in helping you lose weight and reduce your risk of several diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
However, very high doses may be problematic for some, but generally, green tea’s benefits far outweigh its risks.
Conclusively, it is noteworthy that more research is needed to prove many of the health claims surrounding green tea.
Be sure to give us a call at The Calgary Family Clinic for more health and wellness consultation. *sips*