Green tea's potential health benefits.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Green tea is so good for you that it's even got researchers raving.

Erika Friedmann

Nutritionist

 

Healthy Cells

Why is green tea so good for you? "It's all about the catechin content," says Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston nutritionist. Catechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea is not processed much before it is poured in your cup, so it is rich in catechins.

Healthy Heart

Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review of many studies found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure.

Brain Health

What’s good for the heart is usually good for the brain; your brain needs healthy blood vessels, too. In one Swiss study, MRIs revealed that people who drank green tea had greater activity in the working-memory area of their brains. Green tea has also been shown to help block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer's disease.

Diabetes

Green tea seems to help keep blood sugar stable in people with diabetes. Because catechins lower cholesterol and blood pressure, they can help protect against the damage a high-fat diet can cause, Ochner says.

Weight Loss

Green tea can help increase and even change your metabolism, so you burn more calories from fat. Studies show that green tea can also help you keep weight off once you’ve lost it.It's a smart swap for sugary drinks. "All things being equal, if you sub 1-2 cups of green tea for one can of soda, over the next year you'd save over 50,000 calories," Ochner says. That's more than 15 pounds.

Cancer Role

Studies on green tea’s impact on cancer have been mixed. But green tea is known to aid healthy cells in all stages of growth. There are some indications green tea may help destroy cancer cells.

Less Stress

Sipping tea helps you slow down and relax, Reardon says. An amino acid called theanine found in green tea can provide a calming effect.

 

Attention: for a Healthy Cuppa: don't add green tea to boiling water. You'll kill helpful catechins. Better: 160-170 degree water.Add lemon. Vitamin C makes the healthy compounds in green tea easier to absorb. Dairy, on the other hand, makes it harder to absorb the catechins.Levels of the healthful compounds in green tea can vary. Pricier teas usually have more, and canned green-tea drinks generally have less.Aim for at least 4 cups a day, 2 with caffeine and two without. Even more than that seems to have little health downside, other than the possible effects of caffeine, Ochner says. "There could not be a more simple way to improve your health," he says.

 

GREEN TEA DIET

 

It is known that tea has a positive impact on the line, mainly because it would seem to permit the consumption and disposal of fat. Lose weight drinking tea can, then, and even though this popular drink is not drunk daily by many people, it is a habit that could change as it is full of anti - oxidants such as polyphenols and tannins that counteract the action of the radicals free and, consequently, premature aging.

 

Despite the special health benefits that tea, drink more than three cups a day is recommended for those suffering from anxiety or insomnia, or by those who have an ulcer. In these cases it is wise to consult a doctor before embarking on a diet of tea.

 

The diet of tea makes you lose weight up to four pounds of weight in a month by introducing in our body approximately 1200 kcal per day, and gives inter alia, to those who follow a sense of relaxation according to the best oriental tradition.

 

In general, drinking three cups of green tea a day for a month cannot afford not to gain weight even slightly without making any restrictive diet, but if you want to lose weight with a good drainage you can instead just follow the diet as directed below.

 

In the diet tea has several beneficial effects: it is a natural diuretic, stimulates the mind and promotes metabolism and satiety, moisturizes the skin and fights tooth decay. If drunk hot with a little ' lemon, promotes digestion.

 

Below is a sample weekly GREEN TEA diet.

 

Monday

Breakfast: 1 cup of green tea, 1 cup of low-fat yogurt or a glass of skim milk, 3 or 4 integral biscuits

Snack: 1 cup of green tea with 2 integral biscuits.

Lunch: 1 cup of green tea; 1 cup of low-fat yogurt or a glass of skim milk ; 3 or 4 integral

Snack: 200 gr. of fresh fruit.

Dinner: 1 serving of chicken breast; lettuce salad; half sandwich.

Tuesday

Breakfast: 1 cup of green tea, 1 cup of low-fat yogurt or a glass of skim milk, 3 or 4 integral biscuits

Snack: 1 cup of green tea with 2 integral biscuits.Lunch: 1 cup of green tea, 2 slices of black bread with 40 g of dried beef; green salad or tomatoes; 1 apple.

Snack: 200 gr. of fresh fruit.

Dinner: 1 bowl of soup, 120 gr. pea stew, sautéed zucchini and a slice of black bread.

Wednesday

Breakfast: 1 cup of green tea, 1 cup of low-fat yogurt or a glass of skim milk, 3 or 4 integral biscuits.

Snack: 1 cup of green tea with 2 integral biscuits.

Lunch: 1 cup of green tea, 2 cups of whole milk yogurt with fruit.

Snack: 200 gr. of fresh fruit.

Dinner: 80g of grilled sea bass with 120 g of salad, julienne carrots, a slice of black bread, an apple.

Thursday

Breakfast: 1 cup of green tea, 1 cup of low-fat yogurt or a glass of skim milk, 3 or 4 integral biscuits.

Snack: 1 cup of green tea with 2 integral biscuits.

Lunch: 1 cup of green tea; 1 loaf of 80 gr. with 80 gr. mozzarella and tomato slices; 1 cup of strawberries with lemon and sugar.

Snack: 200 gr. of fresh fruit.

Dinner: 120 gr. of grilled steak; raw salad mixed; a slice of black bread.

Friday

Breakfast: 1 cup of green tea, 1 cup of low-fat yogurt or a glass of skim milk, 3 or 4 integral biscuits.

Snack: 1 cup of green tea with 2 integral biscuits.

Lunch: 1 cup of green tea; 200gr. of tuna in can; green salad with soya sprouts; 1 wholemeal roll.

Snack: 200gr. of fresh fruit.

Dinner: 80 grams of pasta with feta and arugula (rucola).

Saturday

Breakfast: 1 cup of green tea, 1 cup of low-fat yogurt or a glass of skim milk, 3 or 4 integral biscuits.

Snack: 1 cup of green tea with 2 integral biscuits.

Lunch: 80 grams of rice with tomatoes, zucchini and cheese; 1 cup of green tea with integral biscuits.

Snack: 200 gr. of fresh fruit.

Dinner: 1 slice of black bread with tomato salad and mozzarella; 1 cup of strawberries without sugar.

Sunday

Breakfast: 1 cup of green tea, 1 cup of low-fat yogurt or a glass of skim milk, 3 or 4 integral biscuits grains.

Snack: 1 cup of green tea with 2 integral biscuits.

Lunch: 1 cup of green tea; fruit salad.

Snack: 200 gr. of fresh fruit.

Dinner: salad of mixed vegetables and soya sprouts with 2 boiled potatoes.

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