Updated: Jan 23
In every human culture, food plays a very important role in providing both nutritional value and bonding events as part of the wider social network. Since ancient times, humans have made a social habit of consuming hot or cold beverages when together in groups, and tea is among the most popular beverage.
Whether at home or in a public place, one can find different kinds of teas, such as black tea, matcha, green tea, jasmine tea etc., being made and available for anyone in the mood to sip a hot cup. Among the many different teas, green tea owns a special place for its naturally relaxing properties.
What Exactly Makes Green Tea Healthier
The medicinal benefits of green tea can be traced back to the recorded histories of Japan, China, and India where this mighty leaf reserved a special therapeutic role. Combining that ancient wisdom with current scientific research has helped to understand exactly what key ingredients make green tea (fat burning tea) healthier than all other kinds of beverages. For a detailed list of health impacts of green tea, see the table below:
Ingredients Impacts on Health
Amino Acid Rejuvenates brain nerves
Caffeine Improves cognitive function and overall focus
Catechins Antioxidant properties protect against cancer, arthritis, stroke,
cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
Fluorine Prevents dental decay
Vitamin A Keeps skin young and healthy, strengthens digestive and respiratory systems
Vitamins B1 and B2 Enhances the body’s ability to maintain blood sugar balance
Vitamin C Boosts immune system and skin health, fights virus, and
bacteria, improves energy levels
Vitamin E Anti-aging properties
The key ingredients in green tea responsible for boosting the immune system are catechins and vitamin C which act as shields against any infections or diseases. According to a 2018 study published in the US National Library of Medicine, catechins found in green tea have great beneficial effects on some neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and general impairment in cognitive functions.
Although these immunity-boosting effects are incremental results of maintaining a healthy lifestyle along with a balanced diet and positive mental attitude; it does no harm in adding a
cup of green tea to your daily routine to reap additional health benefits.
Benefits of Green Tea on the Immune System
The biggest benefit of green tea is its ability to suppress autoimmune disease by increasing the quantity of ‘regulatory T cells’ and strengthening the immune system. Some of the other key immunity-boosting benefits of consuming green tea regularly include:
· Glowing skin
· Slowed-down aging process
· Improved cardiovascular health due to decreased cholesterol levels
· Enhanced metabolic function aiding weight loss and blood sugar balance
· Higher energy levels
· Increased mental performance
· Greater focus and alertness
Can you think of any other beverage that can provide such amazing benefits for your immune system? While you are busy thinking, have a cup of green tea to keep you physically warm and mentally sharp. Make a habit of enjoying green tea daily especially in the drab routine of lockdown due to COVID-19 and dispel ‘cabin fever’-ish blues.