After a tough week in the office, you’re probably going to want to invite several of your friends over to decompress, chat, and have a good time, right? Of course, you do! Let us ask you this, when you are munching on crudités and cheese platters, you’re probably sipping on some type of wine, right? While this is fine and well, why not opt for something unique and unexpected instead?
Show your friends that you’re classy and mindful of their health (hey, too much wine can be bad you’re your health—or at least give you a hangover if you aren’t careful!) when you pull out an elegant glass teapot infuserr a tea kettle and a sampler pack of green tea. Why green tea, you ask? Well, it’s quite simple really—there are many health benefits associated with green tea!
Over the years, green tea has been one of the oldest and most favored herbal teas that people have turned to time and time again. It quickly became a popular beverage in the West because of the health benefits of green tea, even though some have been proven by research and others have not.
If your friends look at you quizzically when you set before them a steaming mug of green tea, you can tell them that you’re only looking out for their health. When they ask you what is green tea good for, you can pull out this article and talk about health benefits they’re going to get from the tea, thanks to your thoughtfulness!
By blocking that neurotransmitter, other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine can work more effectively. We should note that green tea also contains the amino acid, L-theanine. This amino acid helps to increase dopamine, as well as increases your brain’s alpha wave production. With a combination of these two compounds, your brain function will noticeably increase.
Some of the other health concerns that the tea could help treat or prevent include:
Maybe when you’re gabbing with your friends about these health benefits, perhaps your friend may have read the Redbook article where a woman reportedly lost 106 pounds by drinking 9 cups of green tea alone. When she’s finished talking about the 2015 article, you may be asking yourself, “Does green tea help you lose weight, or was that just a gimmick?”
Well, to answer your question, yes, green tea can help you lose weight—to a degree. When you are drinking a cup of the tea, you’re getting about 24 to 40mg of caffeine, which is a stimulant that’s been shown to have fat burning properties. However, it isn’t nearly enough to have any real effects; at least not like you might hope.
Instead, the real star of the green tea fat burner team is the catechins. These potent antioxidants, mostly the EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) is coveted for its ability to boost metabolism. In fact, green tea has been put into extract form and are included in many weight loss supplements. You’d be hard pressed to find a diet pill or fat burner that doesn’t have these extracts in their ingredient list.
We don’t want to downplay the positive effects of drinking green tea, but we do want to mention that there are some possible side effects of consuming too much. How many cups of green tea a day is too much, you ask? Eh, it’s hard to say, to be honest. Women’s Health Magazine says you may want to stop at 4 cups per day, whereas PopSugar reports that medical studies suggest the limit should be at 10 cups per day.
Why is too much green tea bad? The tannins in the tea can inhibit folic acid from being absorbed in the body. If you’re pregnant, you’ll definitely want to limit your green tea intake because folic acid is important for ensuring that you have a healthy baby. Also, too much green tea can affect the way your body absorbs iron so you may not want to drink a cup of the stuff with your meals (maybe you’ll think twice about asking for green tea the next time you dine in an Asian establishment?).
So, other than your body not being able to absorb folic acid or iron, what other side effects could too much green tea cause your body to go through?
Along with potential side effects, you may want to avoid green tea if you take stimulant drugs like nicotine, cocaine, ephedrine, and amphetamines, as they have been known to cause negative reactions when combined in excess.
With all this said and you are certain that you want to go on drinking green tea (which is quite alright because everything is good in moderation!), you might wonder when is the best time to drink the tea so you can maximize the benefits.
The best time to drink a cup of green tea is in the morning, after you eat something light, especially if you are trying to use the tea to help boost your weight loss and metabolism. The tea has thermos-genic properties, meaning it will cause your body’s metabolism burn fuel much quicker. Thus you’ll burn more fat.
Now, when it comes to how much tea is safe to drink, it really depends on how your body reacts to the caffeine in it. We feel that 4 cups per day is an okay amount of the green goodness. However, we don’t recommend having too much more.
Also, it isn’t recommended that you drink the tea in between meals so your body can absorb iron properly.
When you want to settle down and relax, or offer a friend a comforting cup of tea, or even prepare yourself for an intense workout, here’s how you to make the perfect cup of green tea:
There are many different “miracle” diet fads and “miracle” foods popping up on a regular basis. All of these fad foods make claims that all your health problems will melt away and so will any excess weight that you want to get rid of. However, the truth is, these claims are made without long-term evidence. That is, except for green tea.
Green tea has been used for hundreds of years by the East and those populations rarely become ill due to cancer, high blood pressure, or diabetes. While it’s true that they may lead healthier lifestyles than we do in the West, but there is still something to be said about regular consumption of green tea! There are numerous health benefits that you simply cannot deny that there is some truth behind the claims that green tea is a great addition to anyone’s diet.
Of course, like all things, you don’t want to consume too much, as there are some serious negative side effects as well. True, the side effects aren’t a direct cause of the tea itself, but more of the caffeine that is in the tea. The caffeine, although it is nowhere as high as coffee, can be quite harmful if ingested in large amounts.
So with that in mind, when you decide to add this beverage to your diet, we recommend you use your better judgment and practice moderation!