Researchers have unearthed many potential benefits of green tea that can act as elixir for its consumer’s health. Let’s have a brief insight into few of its added benefits: a.Anti-ageing effect
Green tea is packed with antioxidants, and one major cause of aging is oxidation by free radicals. A recent study found that Japanese practitioners of a green tea ceremony showed longer life spans.
Not only this, but the anti-inflammatory and fat burning aspects mentioned above, and resultant better health, would likely improve life span as well. Free radicals also affect our skin, and the antioxidants in green tea may help inhibit free radicals from breaking down collagen, the protein in our skin that keeps us looking young. b.UV Protection
You may want to add a packet of green tea in addition to sunscreen and sunglasses when you visit the beach. The catechins in green tea can actually make the skin more resistant to the effects of UV rays and therefore premature skin aging.
They can also lead to reduced skin redness after UV exposure. A relatively low dose (540 mg) of green tea catechins each day along with 50 mg of vitamin C for 12 weeks, or two cups of green tea can considerably reduce the effect of UV radiation on the skin. When UV exposure produced inflammation, green tea supplementation reduced that effect. This is the first time oral doses of green tea has been proven to make their way to skin tissues to limit the effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Sometimes, instead of drinking green tea, some people apply green tea bags to their skin to soothe sunburn and prevent skin cancer due to sun exposure. c.Boosts Eye Sight
Carrots have long been associated as a food that promotes good eyesight, but science suggests there’s a new kid on the block. The antioxidants found in green tea can actually penetrate the tissues of the eyes and produce antioxidant activity.
Catechins, an antioxidant in green tea, are capable of being absorbed into the tissues of the eye. Research found green tea can actually prevent cataract-induced blindness. Researchers saw different parts of the eye absorbed varying amounts of catechins, with the highest concentration of this antioxidant found in the retina.The area with the least absorption of catechins was the cornea. These findings suggest that drinking green tea may possibly serve as a protective measure when it comes to eyesight.
Now that’s a handsome package of health benefits of green tea!! Well is that it? Or does it have any more left to benefit green tea drinkers!! And we say Yes again!! Other than the above mentioned benefits, regular drinking of green tea can act as an elixir for Parkinson’s disease, low blood pressure, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), kidney stones, and skin damage. Green tea bags are also used to decrease puffiness under the eyes, as a compress for tired eyes or headache, and to stop gums from bleeding after a tooth is pulled. Green tea in candy is used for gum disease. Green tea is used in an ointment for genital warts. EGCG, a polyphenol in green tea, may guard against neurological diseases too.