5 Ways Green Tea Can Help You Look and Feel Young
Shamrock Shake season is in full swing and while that minty green milkshake is magically delicious, it’s not exactly magically medicinal. The festive shake is packed with sugar and high in fat so it’s not the kind of green drink you want to consume every day. Instead, this month consider green tea. It’s packed with antioxidants that have anti-aging benefits so that the luck of the Irish may be with you for a long lifetime.
Improves Heart Health
Green tea can lower cholesterol and triglycerides, which helps prevent things like heart disease. One study found that participants who drank green tea multiple times a day had a 26 percent lower risk of death from heart attack or stroke.
Helps With Weight Loss
When combined with regular exercise, green tea is shown to boost weight loss. It lowers triglyceride levels, improves your metabolic rate, and contributes to building a lean body mass.
As a result, the risk for cardiovascular and other degenerative diseases that can shorten your lifespan is lowered.
Good for Your Skin
The anti-inflammatory effects of green tea also help with your skin’s appearance. It can delay things like sun damage and wrinkles.
Keeps You Sharp
Drinking green tea may help to protect brain cells and protect against neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Studies have also shown that it potentially can improve your working memory.
Reduces Joint Pain
Green tea is packed with ECGC, a potent antioxidant that suppresses inflammation. For people who suffer from arthritis, drinking green tea can help because it reduces the inflammation that causes joint pain.
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