Type the words “green tea” into any Google search, and you’ll quickly be overwhelmed by the deluge of information touting its many benefits- a cure for cancer, miraculous weight loss drink, secret to immortality..!? Okay, well, not exactly- but here’s some of the amazing things our favorite, antioxidant-rich green has to offer:
Boosts energy without the crash
Green tea contains caffeine, though only about a third to half the amount in a cup of coffee, and L-theanine, a rare amino acid responsible for savory, umami tasting notes, that produces an anti-stress effect. The caffeine and L-theanine combine, creating this sense of calm, alertness. A perfect pick me up without the jitters and that inevitable crash and burn.
Green tea has been shown to have numerous positive effects on the skin, helping it stay clear, vibrant, and youthful.
-Sun protection that works from the inside out, green tea neutralizes UV light, protecting against sunburns. Its probably still a good idea to use your usual SPF, but green tea can help enhance the effects.
-Slows signs of aging and reduces appearance of wrinkles. The antioxidants present in green tea have been shown to help reactivate dying and damaged cells.
-The antioxidant Epigallocatechin-3-gallate, more affectionately known as EGCG, helps fights against inflammation, acne, rosacea and other skin conditions.
Put the kettle on before hitting the gym. Green tea has thermogenic properties, meaning it can help raise your metabolic rate while also increasing fat oxidation. Thermogenesis refers to the body’s ability to produce heat as it burns calories, so, the more calories burned, the more heat produced.
Catechins, disease fighting antioxidants abundant in green tea, help kill oral bacteria that causes bad breath and tooth decay. Steep up a little freshness after lunch, or try a some green tea mints- we know of some good ones!
Keep it Healthy
Catechins, antioxidants that promote cellular repair, are the major source of those amazing green tea health benefits often cited in articles, lists, or by that “healthy” friend or relative we all have. Said to be responsible for disease prevention, anti-aging, and more, there’s no reason to not load up on these powerful things.
With its antiviral and antibacterial properties (those catechins are at it again), green tea gives your immune system a boost, protecting you against colds and the flu, killing germs that enter through the nose and mouth. Green tea also reduces the risk of more serious conditions like blood clots, high blood pressure, heart disease, even certain cancers and Alzheimer's disease.
Chlorophyll is what gives green tea its namesake color. The high chlorophyll content, particularly in matcha, has a detoxifying effect on the body, helping eliminate chemicals and heavy metals from the body.
How We Use Green Tea as an Ingredient
The laundry list of benefits could go on forever, but its easy to see that drinking green tea can help you become a healthier, calmer, and yes, even slightly better looking person. Experts generally recommend drinking about 4-6 cups a day, but why not get your green tea fix any way you like? Whip up a green tea latte, pop a few green tea mints, or get some daily wellness with Green Tea+C.