Green tea provides a caffeine kick loaded with fat-burning catechins and brain-boosting L-theanine. Enjoy green tea regularly to lose weight, decrease inflammation and power your daily performance.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Catechins, a type of antioxidant in green tea, support weight loss by stabilizing blood sugar levels, boosting metabolism and increasing fat burning by 17 percent. Consumption of green tea is associated with less body fat, as well as a decreased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
An amino acid found in green tea called L-theanine has excellent anti-anxiety effects found to increase the “feel good” neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine, and GABA. In combination with caffeine, L-theanine is particularly potent for improving brain function, mood, and memory. The calming effects of L-theanine and the lower caffeine content of green tea provide a smooth energy buzz without the “jitters” often associated with coffee.
Offering powerful antioxidant protection, the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in green tea, reduces oxidative damage by protecting the body from free radicals and increasing glutathione levels. EGCG lowers inflammation, which helps reduce signs of aging, decrease cancer risk and improve heart health.
Better than an energy drink, the natural caffeine in green tea can improve physical performance (up to 12 percent) by mobilizing body fat for energy use. Regular caffeine consumption pre-workout can also minimize post-workout soreness and recovery time by preventing lactic acid build up in your muscles. Although caffeine can be beneficial, avoid using it as an “energy crutch” for lack of sleep or skipped meals.
How To Include
Choose fresh organic green tea to maximize benefits and minimize toxins. You can also add a few cardamom pods to your brew. Cardamom raises the phase I enzyme that detoxifies caffeine, which is helpful if you’re sensitive to caffeine.
Wellness Coach, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner,