Green tea has been a staple in my life since 2004 and I do believe this has been the one of my main reasons for staying relatively healthy even when I was not paying attention to my health. I was biohacking myself by drinking this tea without even knowing it.
Green tea originated from China but is now produced in many other Asian countries. The benefits of green tea are so amazing that I can’t imagine not ever drinking it. Did you know that it’s one of the 50 secrets of the longest living people? It’s been the drink of choice for the long lived people of Bama, China and Okinawa, Japan
Green tea has the most antioxidants than any one food type. It contains powerful catechins like the compound Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) as well as another powerful antioxidant polyphenols that reduce free radicals in the body. Free radicals play a role in cell damage, which is part of the aging process and promotes diseases.
Here are some health benefits:
-Lowers risk in cancer
-It has the amino acid L-Theanine which reduces anxiety and stress
-Has a lower amount of caffeine than coffee and does not give you those jitters when you drink too much. Since it has L-theanine, this combination has synergistic effects, which also improves brain function as well.
-It aids in weight loss and fat burning as it boosts metabolism.
-It has loads of vitamin C and E
-Improves skin cells because of the antioxidants and promotes glowing skin as well as reducing the aging process of the skin.
-It’s antibacterial, killing bacteria and viruses as well as improving dental health and reducing bad breath.
-Helps to keep blood sugar stable
-It helps with heart disease as it keeps the arteries from clogging
-Lowers risk of Alzheimers and Parkinson’s
Properly making green tea is important in order to receive all the great benefits. Two important steps in making green tea is using the correct water temperature and steeping no longer than 1 minute. Not following those two steps can alter the effects of green tea by making it less effective. Even if you are using a tea bag, don’t steep longer than 60 seconds or else it will taste very bitter. Most people tell me they don’t like the bitter taste of green tea and this is the reason why. When you steep 60 seconds or less the taste is very soothing and mild.
One of my favorite ways of drinking green tea is by making it Bulletproof. Here’s a simple recipe for my Bulletproof Green Tea.