Eat something and then burn calories because you consumed it. Sounds perfect or what? Jump start your day by drinking a cup of green tea which refreshes your mind and day as it is packed with important nutrients.
- Green tea leaves are steamed, not fermented, hence preserve more polyphenols.
- They are low in calories with no fat, trans-fat, cholesterol and saturated fat in it.
- The components of green tea includes catechins, caffeine, Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E, Gamma Acid Butyric Acid (GABA), Flavonoids, Polysaccharides, Fluoride and Theanins (amino acid). Epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG, one of six catechins in green tea and the most abundant.
- One cup of green tea contains approximately 100-200 milligrams of EGCG.
Green Tea packed with antioxidant
Green tea is packed with antioxidants. All the wear and tear of our body along with our meat consumption releases free radicals in the body. Many of these free radicals serve useful physiological functions, but they can be toxic when generated in excess by causing damage to DNA, tissues, etc., possibly creating cancerous cells. Anti-oxidants react with these free radicals and mitigate their effects on our body.Green tea increases the antibiotic effectiveness. Antioxidants includes Vitamin E, Vitamin C, or beta carotene,which protects the body from the damaging effects of oxidation.Read to know more about antioxidant rich foods.
Research has indicated one of the main antioxidants, EGCG, is found in green tea. EGCG has been found to be more powerful than both Vitamin E and C. EGCG protects cells and DNA from damage believed to be linked to cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses.
Green tea helps to lose weight
EGCG is also known to stimulate brown fat, which is even extracted and used as a weight loss supplement.The other active ingredient in green tea is catechin that helps you lose weight by influencing intestinal and cell metabolism in several ways. When green tea is consumed the catechin inhibits the intestinal lipases which in turn decreases the fat absorption and increases the fat excretion. Due to which the thermogenic process occurs which decreases the lipogenic enzymes and hence suppresses the appetite.Green tea extract resulted in a significant (4%) increase in energy expenditure.
Green tea linked with lower risk of heart disease
But do remember that moderation is the key, so you might can have 1 to 2 cups a day as it also contains caffeine in it.Read to know Can too much of green tea harm your health?