by Elana Garay
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR
Green tea is a common beverage around the world and research shows the certain health benefits. Tea in general is healthy but green tea has certain health benefits. Green tea contains antioxidants to help fight and help cell damage which are catechins.
“Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review of many studies found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure…Green tea has also been shown to help block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Green tea seems to help keep blood sugar stable in people with diabetes. Because catechins lower cholesterol and blood pressure, they can help protect against the damage a high-fat diet can cause…”, stated from the website webmd. One of the well-known properties of green tea is that it contains caffeine which, like coffee, helps a person to stay awake. But even with the caffeine, green tea can also be relaxing.
“A natural chemical called theanine found in green tea can provide a calming effect”, continued from the website webmd. Green tea also contains amino acid.
“Studies show that caffeine and L-theanine can have synergistic effects. The combination of the two is particularly potent at improving brain function”, stated from the website authority nutrition. Green tea can be used for the health benefits or just for relaxation.