Health benefits of green tea – A Chiropractor’s take
As a Chiropractor, I always try to stay healthy and advocate other people to also live a healthy lifestyle. I came across an article on the health benefits of green tea and thought that I would like to share that with you.
1) Improve brain function
The active ingredient in green tea is caffeine. Various brain functions improve. It is almost like a Cervical adjustment from a Chiropractor, that will also improve brain function.
2) May promote fat burning
The scientific community is still divided if green tea helps with fat loss. Some theories state that the caffeine in the tea will increase your basal metabolic rate.
3) Could help to fight bacteria
There are molecules in green tea, known at catechins, which have been shown to kill and fight off several viruses. There have been some studies to show that they can fight off viruses such as the common cold.
4) May reduce risk of CVD
Green tea has also been shown to help to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the biggest cause of death across the world. This is because it can help to reduce some of the risk factors for cardiovascular diseases such as strokes and heart attacks.
It has been linked with the reduction of blood cholesterol levels, namely LDL (low-density lipoproteins) aka the bad cholesterol and blood triglycerides.
5) Green Tea Might Just Help You Live Longer
Given that green tea has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular-related diseases, as well as cancer, it is clear that there are some benefits when it comes to helping you to live a long and healthy life.
A Japanese study found that green tea drinkers were 23% (women) and 12% (men) less likely to die of any cause. It also found that women were 30-40% less likely to die of a stroke or heart attack, whilst men were 20-35% less likely.
6) Reduces Risk of Type II Diabetes
Type II diabetes is different to the inherited form of diabetes, type I. Type II involves elevated blood sugar levels to the point where your body becomes resistant to insulin or is unable to produce it all together. Some studies have shown that green tea can help to improve insulin sensitivity as well as lower blood sugar levels. Another Japanese study found that green tea drinkers could lower their risk of developing type II diabetes by up to 42%.
7) Improves Overall Health
Green tea contains many different nutrients and minerals that can aid your health in many different ways.
It contains flavonoids and catechins, which work to protect cells in the body from damage and help with the formation of new, healthy cells.
Furthermore, green tea contains an antioxidant known as epigallocatechin gallate, which studies have shown can treat various diseases. It has been argued that this is one of the key reasons why green tea is so good for your health.
Take home message:
To live healthily is a choice in life. Grab it by the horns and live healthily. See your local Chiropractor for additional information.