Green Tea Health Benefits

Green Tea Health Benefits
The health benefits of green tea and green tea extract are substantially equivalent. Obviously, drinking any amount of green tea is better than drinking none, but to really experience the benefits of green tea you will want to drink at least 2-3 cups per day. People that intend to use green tea as a method to control or lose weight should drink even more. Just remember, you should still drink lots of water (at least 8 cups) in addition to the green tea you drink to really keep your body hydrated. Here are some of the top health benefits of green tea and green tea extract!

High in Antioxidants
Green tea contains catechins, which are antioxidants. Catechins have more powerful disease-fighting properties than Vitamins C and E. Studies have shown that individuals that consume green tea frequently have lower risk for breast and prostate cancer. Antioxidants in green tea can help restrict viruses and kill bacteria.

Helps You Burn Fat
Green tea increases fat oxidation, boosts metabolic rate, and increases fat burn (particularly in the abdominal region). Also, since green tea contains caffeine, it can improve energy and physical performance, which could lead to increased exercise and fat burn.

Improves Cholesterol
Consumption of green tea has been shown to improve bodily levels of triglycerides, cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol which reduces the risk for heart disease and stroke.

The information on this page is derived from a combination of personal experience, general research, and the following sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2841576/

http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/benefit_of_drinking_green_tea

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_tea_extract

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