I know you’ve heard about the power of Green Tea, it’s all over the place these days. A Google search will turn up massive results, with claims like WEIGHT LOSS! HELPS YOU RELAX! LOWER YOU LDL (BAD) CHOLESTEROL! REDUCE CANCER RISKS! GREEN TEA IS A GREAT BOYFRIEND WHO WILL NEVER CHEAT! OK I made that last one up…but you get the point, lots and lots of praise is being heaped upon our grassy flavored friend right now.
So a lot of this information is speculation, as in not a ton of clinical trials have been conducted and the research on Green Tea has largely been inconclusive. What is known, is that Green Tea contains antioxidants known as catechins, and no doctor is going to tell you that antioxidants don’t have benefits; just the extent of what they can do is what hasn’t been tested enough to slap a “FDA approved to treat the following conditions” label on it.
I like to work from the framework that science has proven the benefit of antioxidants already and that the catechins found in Green Tea are known to be good for you. It is the extent of their abilities that still need more testing. Green Tea is also in a unique position to help with weight loss due to its scientifically proven metabolism boosting and appetite suppressing qualities.
It’s recommended that you drink at least 1-2 mugs of this stuff a day, and up to 10. If you are caffeine sensitive 10 is a lot, but 7 can give you a big metabolism boost for weight loss, and a chemical called theanine found in Green Tea, which can lower stress and anxiety, can help with those caffeine shakes. Regardless, never drink more than your body feels comfortable with, I am VERY sensitive to caffeine and can’t do more than 2 cups before I’m unable to sleep at night!
So while Green Tea may not be the best boyfriend of all time, it is a fantastic way to add some healthy stuff into your daily routine! Just making a pot of tea is relaxing and a nice way to start your day! Get on the Green Tea train, and let me know how it works out for you on Twitter, or in the comments!