You might be hooked on your afternoon cup of tea with milk, but have you ever wondered why everyone is so crazy about green tea? It’s actually not a new wellness tool and has been around for years as a healthy hot drink.
When it comes to choosing a drink akin to the fountain of youth then a cup of green tea could be as close as you’re going to get!
This simple staple is loaded with health benefits which could help you look and feel younger, inside and out.
Green tea contains antioxidants and nutrients that have anti-ageing effects on the body and there’s plenty of scientific research to back it up.
Indeed, green tea has been used medicinally as a health drink for centuries in some countries, so maybe it’s time you tried it too!
How green tea beats wrinkles
If you are a bit of a sun worshipper or have spent too much time without SPF in the past, The British Journal of Nutrition found the antioxidants in green tea help make your skin more resistant to ultraviolet radiation, stopping wrinkles and preventing premature ageing.
And as well as drinking green tea, there are topical benefits to it too. You may have noticed green tea listed in your skin care products, Lumity Skin Nutrients Facial Oil includes Green Tea Leaf Extract.
Antioxidants are a powerful ally to have in your anti-ageing toolkit.
There’s a category of antioxidants called catechins which has been found to reactivate dying skin cells and these are found in green tea.
This action, which takes place in the outer layer of the skin have a significant anti-aging effect. Other positive anti-agidng effects of green tea include the prevention of free radical damage and healing of cells. This then fights signs of premature ageing like age spots, wrinkles, and sun damage.
As we get older our bones can become brittle and damaged by ageing. Studies have shown that people who regularly consumed green tea had higher bone mineral density compared to those who did not consume green tea on a regular basis.
If you feel that getting older is giving you a thicker midsection then green tea could help you gain back your waist. Numerous studies have found a link between consuming green tea and a decrease in body fat.
And this reduction tends to be mainly in the abdominal region – so perfect for anyone struggling with stubborn tummy fat. This is because overall green tea seems to increases the metabolism, which slows as we age. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
Green tea could help reduce inflammation and conditions associated with inflammation such as Type-2 diabetes, cancer and arthritis. A study from Case Western Reserve University found that EGCg, the predominant polyphenol in green tea may even prevent arthritis. This is because it limits the production of certain molecules in your immune system that can trigger inflammation and joint pain.
Mountains of studies on the effect of green tea on heart health in cells, animals and finally humans have found it has a beneficial effect on hearts.
Researchers believe it’s because tea helps relax blood vessels throughout the body, reducing blood pressure. At the same time green tea also dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the blood by protecting against oxidation which leads heart disease.
Overall it’s been found that green tea drinkers have up to a 31% lower risk of cardiovascular diseases like heart disease and stroke.
With all the good work green tea does to prevent our bodies ageing both inside and out, it’s little wonder that the overall result could be living longer.
In a study of 40,530 Japanese adults, those who drank 5 or more cups of green tea a day, researchers found they significantly less likely to die during an 11 year period.
It’s worth remembering that you can have too much of a good thing: Drinking too many cups of green tea each day could leave you feeling jittery and make you easy to anger – which of course would undo all the good that your green tea is doing for you. Try to stick to roughly three cups a day.
This article is meant as a guide and is not a substitute for medical advice. If you feel that your health is in any way impaired then always visit a medical professional in person.