Green Tea is regarded as one of the healthiest beverages in the world. It is known to have the highest amounts of catechin (a type of antioxidant) in any beverage which helps stimulate the central nervous system and cardiac functions in humans1. Furthermore, there are also studies which have shown that the consumption of green tea can increase longevity.
Helps Lower Mortality Rates
In a study conducted in China with over 100,000 participants, it was found that habitual consumption of green tea (at least 3 cups a day) is associated with lower mortality rates compared to non-tea drinkers. The study suggested that the natural antioxidants in green tea help protect against cardiovascular disease and its risk factors such as high blood pressure. Habitual tea drinkers also had lower risk of heart diseases, strokes as well as a 29% decreased risk of all-cause death compared to non-habitual tea drinkers or completely non tea drinkers2.
Potential to Fight off Superbugs
The catechins found on green tea are an effective antiviral agent which can help supress the progress of influenza viruses to a certain degree3,4. In the current COVID19 climate we are currently living in, habitually drinking green tea can be beneficial to our bodies.
Green Tea and Skin Protection
Green Tea is rich in a certain type of catechin called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG has antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which can have various health benefits for the human body, including the largest organ, the skin. Regular consumption of green tea and usage of products with green tea extract may help to prevent various skin conditions like oily skin and acne5.