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20 Benefits of Green Tea That You Should Definitely Know

20 Benefits of Green Tea That You Should Definitely Know

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20 Benefits Of Green Tea That You Should Definitely Know
What is green tea and why all this fuss about green tea all of a sudden you wonder? Green tea has been known to be a healthier substitute to normal beverages like coffee and other types of tea owing to its lower caffeine content as well as presence of very strong natural antioxidants called polyphenols, which not only help you attain healthy body, skin or hair, but has been helps block the growth of cancer cells. Green tea is a healthier option also owing to the way it is processed. The green leaves for green tea are steamed, which helps in preventing catechins from oxidising, while black and oolong tree are made from fermented leaves, which lead to loss of this very important anti-oxidant. Here is an exhaustive list of Benefits of Green Tea: 
1. Weight Loss:
As mentioned before, green tea has a natural anti-oxidant present in it, known as in catechin polyphenols. Scientists have identified six different catechins in green tea, one of them being epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG in green tea increases the metabolism rate of human body, which means that it intensifies levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories, which in turn aids weight loss. Green tea reduces blood fat, bloatedness, while detoxifying the body and suppressing untimely food cravings. Enabled with diuretic properties, it also eliminates excess water and thereby reduces excess weight.
2. Fresh Breath:
Green tea benefits also includes the ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses that cause dental diseases. It also helps in slowing down the growth of bacteria which leads to bad breath. All you need to do is wash your mouth with high concentration of green tea (1 tea bag in 1 cup of water), and it will freshen up your mouth instantly. It also helps in reducing any inflammation in the gums. You can either make a paste of the green tea leaves or you can also make your own toothpaste, using high concentration of green tea liquid and a teaspoon of baking soda. This will not only help reduce gum inflammation, but also will prevent growth of plaque on your teeth.
3. Reduces Cholesterol:
Green tea contains tannins that are known to lower cholesterol naturally in the body. Tannins help in reducing the level of LDL (Low-
density lipoproteins) cholesterols in the body. LDL are known as the “bad cholesterol” as
they cause plaque build-up in the arteries, thus causing blockages. This is another one of the advantages of green tea. Also scientific studies have shown that catechins decrease cholesterol absorption in the gut, thus helping in reduce cholesterol problem. Cholesterol problem is one of the leading issues that cause heart problem. Thus, we can say that green tea helps in keeping your heart healthy.
4. Healthy Skin:
We are all aware how anti-oxidants are really beneficial for our skin and how abundantly they are in green tea. Green tea has a number of properties that help you achieve that glowing skin; and these benefits can be derived from consuming as well as applying green tea externally.
Just mix 100 gms of green tea and half a litre of water and let it sit for 30-40 minutes at room temperature after which strain the liquid and store it in refrigerator. You can use this mixture to instantly refresh your tired face after a long day, or to treat minor rashes, cuts and blemishes and to treat sun burns. This will also help you clear acne from skin, while thus preventing it from coming back. Green tea leaves can also be used as a gentle exfoliator. Mix 3 teaspoons of yogurt with 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves and slowly massage you face with it after which let it stay for 5 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water. Oligomeric proanthocyanidins is one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature and the high levels of the same are present in green tea. It is said to help in slowing down the premature ageing process thus leaving your skin youthful.
5. Keeps Allergies at Bay:
EGCG found in green tea blocks key cell receptors that produce histamine and immunoglobulin E (IgE), which are compounds that are involved in producing an allergic response, and thus helps in stopping your body from reacting to allergens like pollen, pet dander and dust amongst others.
6. Healthy Hair:
Green tea is known to inhibit growth of DHT, which are known to hinder hair growth and cause hair fall. Components of green tea react with testosterone making sure that the amount testosterone in the blood remains balanced so that it does not react with 5- alpha reductase and convert to DHT. It also helps in preventing and curing common hair problems such as dandruff and psoriasis by reducing the inflammation due to it antiseptic properties. Green tea is also known to stimulate hair growth and soften hair. It contains polyphenols, vitamin E and vitamin C, which are known to boost lustrous hair. You can easily make a green tea rinse at home by steeping 3-4 bags of green tea half a litre of water and using this water as the last rinse after you have shampooed and conditioned your hair with your favourite shampoo and conditioner.
7. Managing Diabetes:
Green tea helps in managing type II diabetes, as the natural anti-oxidants present in it inhibit the secretion of an enzyme known as alpha-glucosidase, which in turn slows down the absorption of glucose in the blood stream. It means that less insulin is required to manage the glucose in the blood stream and thus green tea properties help in controlling and managing this disease.
8. Managing Blood Pressure:
Green tea contains caffeine, which is not good for people who suffer from hypertension. But because the percentage of caffeine is very low in green tea with positive effects on the overall health of the heart, it helps in managing diabetes and cholesterol, thus managing high blood pressure. The caffeine issue can be easily resolved by switching to a decaffeinated brand of green tea.

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