In the previous article we discussed some of the best anti-aging foods. This time we look at the number one drink for anti-aging, which is… green tea.
In this article you’ll discover the main benefits of green tea – including Sencha and Matcha – and how they can help you maintain your youthful health, vitality and appearance. Some of these will blow your mind! You’ll also learn about the dosage that you should be getting on a daily basis to reap the benefits.
Why green tea?
Green tea is an herb that is very high in chlorophyll, theanine and catechins (a type of disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant) such as EGCG. In short, green tea leaves contain a powerhouse of anti-aging, health enhancing goodness just waiting to be turned into a herbal tea and drank.
The benefits are tremendous! It’s one of the key secrets of the of the Japanese. Did you know that Japan has more people living to be over the age of a hundred than anywhere else in the world? When you study their diet one big thing stands out… they ALL drink green tea as their number one beverage of choice on a daily basis!
In The Top 101 Foods That Fight Aging green tea is in the list of foods that combat AGE’s (Advanced Glycation End products) which are thought to be a serious promoter of aging in the body, as well as the beginnings of many chronic diseases.
Benefits of green tea
So, let’s talk about the benefits
1: Alzheimer’s disease prevention
The number of people with dementia Alzheimer’s is rising exponentially. One of the things that can cause neuro degeneration and cognitive decline is a lack of antioxidants
As mentioned earlier, green tea contains a compound called EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) and other catechins that have actually been shown to slow neuro degeneration and help fight and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
2: Bone health
Green tea is also great for bone health. Part of the reason is that it’s very high in chlorophyll, which is what actually makes the tea green. That chlorophyll is great for alkalizing the body. When your body is in a state of acidity your body will actually pull minerals from the bone to help alkalize your body.
When you are consuming green tea all the chlorophyll is going to help balance out your body’s ph, which in turn will support bone health and ensure your bones are keeping those minerals where they should be.
3: Eye protection
People with glaucoma and other types of degenerative eye diseases can benefit from antioxidants.
The unique antioxidants in green tea really help support the eyes and may help prevent age-related degenerative eye diseases like glaucoma.
4: Heart health
There’s a medical study published not too long ago where they actually looked at the health of 40,000 people. This study actually found that those people that consumed green tea on a regular basis decrease their risk of heart disease by 26%.
That’s a huge reduction just by adding a single beverage to your diet. So by drinking green tea on a daily basis you will be reducing your risk of heart disease.
5: Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance
Green tea has been shown to boost your metabolism and increase fat burning. This is the reason you fill find green tea as an ingredient in many fat burning suplements.
One study found that green tea increased energy expenditure in healthy men and another one that it increased fat oxidation by 17%.
If you’re on a ketogenic diet you can add in a tablespoon of ghee or grass-fed butter People in Tibet actually drink green tea plus ghee for anti-aging.
6: Anxiety and brain health
Green tea has also been shown to help against anxiety and other and other brain related issues. It contains a compound called l-theanine, which is known to increase GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid). GABA is a compound that your body can produce that really helps calm you down.
So, if have anxiety or a are under a lot of stress, green-tea can actually help bring down those stress levels, balance your hormones and help you get a better night’s sleep.
However, that’s only if you’re buying a very high quality green tea. In other words, when you’re buying green tea you don’t want to just buy the cheapest one you can find. You want to buy a good quality green tea, preferably one that’s organic.
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There are lots of different types of green tea. Two of the best ones are Sencha and matcha. Sencha tends to be the most popular one that people consume in terms of a very high quality green tea. However, the most nutrient-dense and also the strongest in flavor is Matcha!
If you really want the maximum benefits you’re best off starting with Sencha or matcha on a daily basis, doing between 1 to 3 cups every single day. It’s also great as a coffee replacement.
Another benefit is that green tea has less caffeine than coffee. One cup of green tea has one-third the amount of caffeine as a single cup of coffee, and you’re getting all of these incredible antioxidants to boot!
In other words… if you’re looking for a simple thing you can do that has huge potential health benefits, start drinking high quality green tea on a daily basis.