“You should drink green tea for weight loss!”
We have all heard this phrase from someone or the other at least once in our lives and I have always questioned if it were true or false. Like, does drinking tea actually help you lose weight? If yes then why do I diet and go through the pain of exercising?
I bet some of you had these questions too.
So today we are going to look at what Green Tea really is and if the preconceived notions about it are true at all.
What is Green Tea?
Green Tea is the tea that is extracted from the leaves and buds of the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) which have not undergone the oxidation process like the black tea. Since the leaves and buds are unoxidized it contains the most amounts of antioxidants which are good for health.
Green tea is one of the least processed of all the types of tea.
Green Tea also has shown the presence of high amounts of polyphenols which are organic compounds that help manage blood pressure levels.
(Did you know that Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world. The first is water!)
What are the Effects/Benefits of Green Tea?
Green tea has a lot of benefits compared to its preconceived notions. Here are a few of them:
Cardiovascular health -
Drinking green tea has proven beneficial in lowering blood pressure and reducing heart diseases.
Lower Cholesterol levels -
Consuming green tea has shown that it reduces overall low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels.
Fatigue & Stress -
Studies have suggested that green tea might help reduce fatigue and lower symptoms of stress.
Weight Loss -
Green tea is known to boost immunity levels. This helps the body to burn more fat, altogether leading to a decrease in weight of a person.
Skin conditions -
Green tea is known to show anti-inflammatory properties and hence when applied topically (green tea extract) is shown to reduce inflammatory skin conditions and improves skin microcirculation.
Cancer Prevention -
Research has linked green tea to reduce the risk of certain cancers. Since green tea consists of antioxidants that can help protect against oxidative damage (oxidative damage can lead to chronic diseases like cancer). Green tea reduces the risk for the following cancers:
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Colorectal cancer
(Green tea is best consumed with water. Milk has shown to reduce the antioxidant value in some teas)
Types Of Green Tea
- Green tea is available in many types and forms:
- Pre-packaged in a bottle sweetened with sugar
- Loose leaf
- Instant powder
- Green tea supplements, in the form of capsules or as liquid extracts
Common flavors of Green Tea consumed in India
- Natural Green Tea
- Honey - Lemon
- Green Tea & Mint
- Himalayan Peppermint
- Lemon - Ginger
So now we know that Green Tea is not just about weight loss but much more than we expected it to be. So it won’t hurt to try Green tea once in a while with all these benefits shouldering it.
So begin your day with a nice cup of Green tea and to top it off, Book a session with our best personal trainers to get a good workout done!
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