Tea has been cultivated for centuries, beginning in India and China. Today, tea is the most widely-consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. Hundreds of millions of people drink tea, and studies suggest that green tea (Camellia sinesis) in particular has many health benefits. – University of Maryland Medical Center
When we think of tea, most of us may picture a refreshing drink to cool us off in the summer. However, we aren’t talking about sweet tea here (though, it is delicious!) We’re talking about the herbal variety in the form of green tea.
Green tea has a high concentration of polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant. This is the basis of why green tea is so beneficial to human health, because our cells face a lot of damage due to environmental, genetic, and dietary factors, to name a few. Free radicals, or cell-damaging molecules, can result in many health problems, but green tea can help to fight off the free radicals that cause them.
The benefits of green tea have been studied extensively, and we will go over some of the research from these studies below. Once you read about the wide range of benefits that green tea can provide, you may want to start brewing some right away!
1. LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR
Worldwide, about 400 million people have Type 2 diabetes. That number is likely rising due to stress, poor diet, and lack of exercise. However, green tea can help counteract poor lifestyle choices and lower blood sugar.
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