With countless studies touting its potential health benefits, green tea might just be the healthiest beverage on the planet. That’s because it contains the highest amounts of antioxidants of any tea.
First, a little background on all things tea. All types of tea, except herbal tea, are brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush.[i]
Wondering why green tea may be superior to black tea if they come from the same plant? Well, it all comes down to how the leaves are processed.
Black tea leaves are dried, while green tea leaves are lightly steamed, which helps retain healthy polyphenols and antioxidants. These do-gooder compounds offer various beneficial effects on health.
Happily, green tea is no longer a specialty item and can be found easily at your local grocery store. And there’s also good news for non-tea drinkers, as a quality green tea dietary supplement can offer similar health benefits.
Green tea isn’t one of those overrated “must-have” health trends that doesn’t live up to the hype. Here are six surprising benefits of this lesser-known member of the tea family.
1. May Help Shed Extra Pounds
Whether you consume it the traditional way or in supplement form, green tea may help you manage a healthy weight[ii]. That’s because green tea contains catechins and caffeine, which work together to help the body burn calories through a natural process called thermogenesis.[iii]
Plus, it’s been shown that a unique plant compound called EGCG in green tea may boost metabolic rate and increase fat burning[iv] to help you nail your healthy weight goals. When combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, don’t be surprised if you’re stepping off the scale with a smile before long!
2. For Healthy Skin, Go Green
It’s a fact of life, with each passing year our skin gradually loses elasticity and develops wrinkles, fine lines, and other not-so fun signs of aging appear. However, research[v] shows that green tea extract contains polyphenols that can help by improving skin elasticity for anti-aging support. Simply put, it can help your skin handle the aging process better. And don’t we all want that?
The benefits don’t stop there, though. Research[vi] suggests that the EGCG in green tea has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which can help in the treatment of acne and oily skin.
3. Brain Fuel to Stay Sharp
With so many family responsibilities, work deadlines, and personal errands to get done, it’s no wonder why we can feel so mentally drained. But luckily, green tea is a great pick-me-up to keep your head in the game.
In a 2014 clinical study, [vii]green tea extract was shown to increase cognitive function and memory processing – making it the perfect drink or supplement to fuel business professionals, busy parents, and on-the-go people.
4. Peak Performance for Your Body
Sometimes, it’s hard to get our bodies to kick into gear. That’s why some people rely on coffee or energy drinks to power through workdays, workouts, and physical activities. But for a healthier alternative with less jitters and sugar crashes, green tea can help.
Green tea may help boost energy[viii] to support physical performance and reduce muscle fatigue. So much so, that many folks use green tea as a pre-workout supplement to get the most out of their exercise routine.
5. Your Heart & Liver Will Love It
As a powerful source of antioxidants, green tea supplements are an excellent way to help your heart function at its best. Studies suggest that green tea promotes healthy cholesterol levels[ix] , while also supporting overall cardiovascular activity.
When it comes to liver health, green tea is equally beneficial. The catechins in green tea have been shown[x] to support oxidative stress levels, inflammatory response, and enzyme counts to encourage healthy liver function.
Bolsters Your Immune System
Without a strong immune system, it’s harder for our bodies to fight back after catching a bug. But, thanks to the flavonoids and polyphenols in green tea, clinical studies[xi] [xii]show that your immune system may gain the upper hand with daily consumption.
And it gets even better. The EGCG in green tea has also been shown to support the body’s inflammatory response, which comes in handy for cold and flu troubles, as well as joint health[xiii].
When it comes to feeling healthy, it’s clear that green tea products are one of the best ways to keep your bases covered.
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Zenwise® Green Tea Extract has 725mg of Green Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis), and is a source of EGCG, which may support heart and cardiovascular health, mental focus, and metabolism . This AVA-Certified Vegan formula also features 60mg of Vitamin C to provide an additional boost of antioxidant support.† And as with any product purchase, you have our Risk-Free Guarantee.
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[xi] Nakayama, Mikio, et al. "Inhibition of the infectivity of influenza virus by tea polyphenols." Antiviral research 21.4 (1993): 289-299.
[xii] Rowe, Cheryl A., et al. "Specific formulation of Camellia sinensis prevents cold and flu symptoms and enhances γδ T cell function: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study." Journal of the American College of Nutrition 26.5 (2007): 445-452