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The Top 3 Health Benefits of Green Tea

By Chris Brown

A steaming cup of tea can be the perfect, lightly caffeinated start to any morning. While all non-herbal tea is made from the same plant, not all tea produces the same effects. Differences in processing determines whether tea leaves become green, black, or oolong teas. Green tea is one of the most beneficial tea styles for health. Studies have found connections between green tea and improved cardiovascular, cognitive, and cancer-free health. The astonishing benefits of green tea may cause you to reprioritize your daily intake of warm beverages.

Increases Brain Power and Prevents Cognitive Decline

In general, caffeinated drinks are known to prevent alertness decline (green tea has about a half to a fourth of the caffeine of coffee). The benefits of green tea, however, go beyond its caffeine content. Research has attributed green tea's ability to improve working memory to the amino acid L-theanine. The L-theanine in green tea works synergistically with its caffeine to powerfully improve brain function, studies show.

Additionally, studies have revealed green tea's ability to decrease brain aging and prevent aging-associated cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and inflammation diseases. One particular 2011 study isolated a compound in green tea, CAGTE, that directly affected a protein correlated with Alzheimer's disease. Its success led scientists to state that green tea may help reduce Alzheimer's risk. Similarly, the catechin compounds in green tea have been observed displaying protective effects on neurons in laboratory environments.

Reduces Heart Disease and Stroke Risk

Based upon the findings of three separate research studies, green tea drinkers are 31 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke. This is in large part due to green tea's reduction of cholesterol and its antioxidant effects on the blood. Reduced cardiovascular risk is a main factor in a Japanese study that recorded a 76 percent lower mortality rate of elderly individuals who drank the most green tea throughout the six year study.

Potentially Prevents Some Cancers

Green tea contains powerful antioxidants which prevent the oxidative damage known to cause chronic inflammation and cancer. Research into various cancers has supported this hypothesis. Women who drank green tea in a 2009 study had a 20-30 percent lower chance of developing breast cancer and, in other study reviews, an inverse association was found between tea and colorectal and prostate cancers. More scientific evaluations are needed to conclusively draw a direct link between green tea and cancer prevention. Although, despite that, green tea's cancer prevention attributes are already relatively accepted in the mainstream medical community.

Green tea's health benefits make it a key component in a lifestyle for a healthy mind, body, and soul.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Park City, Utah.

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