I get it. You’re a coffee drinker. Like billions around the world coffee flows through your veins and gets you through the day. That’s fine. Drinking coffee, specifically black coffee, isn’t bad for you, although pumping yourself with caffeine 5+ times a day may give you some mild issues like headaches, sleep troubles, or withdrawal issues. I’m not going to spend time trying to convince you to cut out coffee, because that’s clearly a losing battle. What I want to do is provide you with a possible alternative, even if it’s just a replacement for one of your coffee runs.
Green tea has some surprising benefits I think you may be interested in. Don’t worry, green tea will still give you that energy boost you need. While having around half the caffeine of coffee, green tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that works in tandem with the caffeine, keeping you focused and energized. But green tea can do so much more.
Let’s look at the rest of the benefits, shall we?
Benefits of Green Tea
Heart Health: Green tea has strong antioxidants that can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. This combination leads to a healthy heart, which helps your heart function optimally, and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Metabolism Boost: Did you know green tea can help boost your metabolism and assist you in your weight-loss goals? An analysis by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that caffeinated green tea can help reduce your weight, waistline, and BMI.
Inflammation Reduction: Green tea is a great way to reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation, as I’m sure you know, can not only lead to discomfort, but other diseases and issues such as Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and even cancer. Polyphenols in green tea help keep inflammation at bay.
Brain Health: Green tea not only helps with focus and brain activity, but can prevent and even potentially treat dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A Journal of Psychopharmacology study found that individuals given green tea extract had increased connectivity in memory regions of the brain.
Skin Health: Polyphenols in green tea are known to help skin repair more effectively after exposure to UV rays. Some studies also show that it can potentially aid in treating certain skin conditions, such as eczema. Green tea also can help with wrinkles and aging lines due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Dental Health: Green tea contains catechins, which have been proven to kill bacteria and plaque formation. So, daily green tea can help you resist getting cavities and keep you away from the dentist!
Give Green Tea a Chance!
Personally, green tea gives me just enough of a caffeine boost to help me focus without becoming jittery. I also take advantage of it’s anti-inflammatory properties, especially when I’m in season or simply in a time period of increased athletic activity.
In no way am I suggesting to completely replace all of your caffeine sources with green tea as of this moment. But, if the benefits I listed spark your interest, try it out! A cup or two of green tea each day could start you on your way to some healthy advantages.