Green tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis, which is native to China and South Asia, but has recently been cultivated in numerous places around the world thanks to its popularity. It will exert most of its nutrients when submerged in water, so drinking tea made from its leaves is the best way to reap its health benefits.
In fact, drinking one cup of green tea a day will help your body burn fat and will also help prevent cancer from developing.
Green tea extract increases your body’s thermogenesis, which is the generation of body heat that occurs as a result of normal digestion, absorption, and metabolization of food. Thanks to this, green tea can help you lose weight.
The American Cancer Society explains:
"Green tea contains chemicals known as polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties. The major group of polyphenols in green tea are called catechins, and the most important catechin seems to be epigallocatechin gallate (sometimes calledepigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG). EGCG may help cause certain types of cancer cells to die in much the same way that normal cells do. This effect is important because cancer cells are different from normal cells in that they do not die when they should — they continue to grow and spread."
Green tea is stimulatory in nature as it contains some caffeine, which will naturally boost your metabolism. Green tea is also an antioxidant that, like wine, cranberries, and dark chocolate, will target and scavenge for toxins that could lead to cancer, blood clots, and even atherosclerosis.
Green tea is a powerful supplement that has an incredible range of uses and benefits. It is a great tool for improving your personal nutritional health and it is easily available in both the traditional drink and the supplemental pill form, both of which are easy to consume on a regular basis.
Consuming around one to two cups a day is suggested, and a good idea is to replace your sugary drinks with this beverage, as the calorie count is lower and the added benefits of being a stimulant that provides antioxidants may be just what the doctor ordered to improve your health.
— Zach Rogers, Inspiyr.com
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