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Drink Up! How Green Tea Protects Different Parts of Your Brain and Body

Jul. 8 2024, Published 2:27 p.m. ET

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Delicious green tea has been used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine for thousands of years!

And for good reason. It’s jam-packed with healthy ingredients that can boost your mental alertness, soothe digestive symptoms and headaches and even help with weight loss!

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Introduced to Europe in the 1600s, it had become so popular that green tea was often smuggled into England to avoid paying tea taxes … like the ones that triggered the Boston Tea Party! Here is what sipping the tasty beverage — hot or cold — can do for YOU!

Nutrition

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Green tea is loaded with a variety of compounds, antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. It contains calcium, iron and potassium, and only has three calories in an eight-ounce serving. It does come with caffeine — about half as much as a cup of coffee — so watch your consumption.

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Cognitive Decline

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Some studies show that green tea helps protect against certain neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Green tea has a very high concentration of antioxidants, which may protect against cell damage that raises the risk of chronic illnesses.

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Osteoporosis

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The delicious beverage lowers your risk of osteoporosis, a bone disease that increases the risk of hip, spine and wrist fractures. Postmenopausal women and older people in general have the highest risk of brittle bones that break easily.

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Diabetes

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Green tea can help regulate blood sugar levels, lowering your fasting blood sugar and your HbA1c for those with type 2 diabetes. Some evidence suggests green tea may reduce insulin resistance.

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Anxiety and Stress

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Green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which alleviates these two problems and maintains normal sleep, helping you relax.

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Blood Pressure

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The tea protects heart health by helping to lower blood pressure. People with high blood pressure develop a higher risk for heart disease and stroke because it damages the lining of the arteries, which increases the risk of plaque buildup. As a result, the arteries narrow, restricting blood flow to the heart and brain.

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Weight Loss

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Green tea is a source of catechins, an antioxidant that helps break down fat. Catechins may increase your metabolic rate, which helps you burn more calories, such as while exercising.

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