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Green tea is the most recommended beverage by nutrition experts and is quite a hit among celebrities as well. But, have you ever wondered what makes it so healthy and beneficial?
Well, to start with, green tea contains a lot of ingredients like caffeine, theobromine, saponins, theophylline, vitamins and epigallocatechin that individually have several health benefits.
Helps you lose weight: The compound epigallocatechin (EGCG) boosts your metabolic rate and reduces your appetite. All these compounds lead to thermogenesis which creates heat in the body in turn increasing your metabolic rate. Two to four cups of green tea burns 70 to 80 calories per day, as it increases metabolism and helps you exercise longer with more endurance. The main health benefits come from the antioxidants that it contains. Green tea also reduces cravings for unhealthy snacks. It also stimulates the nervous system, making the fat burning process faster.
Fights cancer: These antioxidants are said to be active contributors in fighting all types of cancers. Antioxidants avert the damage caused by free radicals (molecules produced when the body breaks down food or due to smoking, drinking, etc) by attacking them before they can damage healthy cells.
Helps control diabetes:Drinking green tea will regulate as it has polyphenols and polysaccharides which are effective in lowering these levels. According to researchers, a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallete (EGCG) inhibits the production of glucose in the liver in turn lowering the blood sugar levels.
Improves immunity: Green tea boosts immunity with several compounds having antibacterial properties that it contains.
Helps you sleep better: Green tea encourages good sleep, ensuring that you are well rested and ready for your workout, whether it is cardio, strength training or yoga.
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