- Contains healthy bioactive compounds
Green tea is loaded with polyphenol antioxidants, including a catechin called EGCG. These antioxidants can have various beneficial effects on health.
May improve brain function
Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function.
Increases fat burning
Green tea may boost metabolic rate and increase fat burning in the short term, although not all studies agree.
Antioxidants may lower the risk of some cancers
Green tea has powerful antioxidants that may protect against cancer. Multiple studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of various types of cancer.
Protect the brain from aging
The bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on the brain. They may reduce the risk of dementia, a common neurodegenerative disorder in older adults.
Reduce bad breath
The catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth, reducing the risk of bad breath.
Prevent type 2 diabetes
Some controlled studies show that green tea may cause mild reductions in blood sugar levels. It may also lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Prevent cardiovascular disease
Green tea may lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. Studies show that people who drink green tea have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Helps lose weight
Some studies show that green tea may lead to increased weight loss. It may be particularly effective at reducing the dangerous abdominal fat.