Get Your Health Game on Point with Green Tea

Tea has been used as a beverage in India for centuries.  Most of the tea that is consumed is black tea with milk and sugar.  In recent times, green tea is becoming a popular beverage in urban India. 


Green tea has been studied by many researchers to explore its health benefits.  This variety of tea has been found to have a high level of flavonoids called catechins. Green tea is produced from freshly plucked leaves which are heated, rolled or cut, and finally dried.  This process allows the catechins to be preserved in the tea leaves, making them a rich source.  The astringent and bitter taste of green tea is attributed to the level of catechins that are present in green tea.  Some of the goodness of green tea is also ascribed to catechins.


Let’s look at the health benefits of green tea –


1.Hydration:  Green tea being a fluid, hydrates the body.  It can be counted as one of the healthier fluids that can be consumed regularly.  If it’s taken hot, it gives warmth and comfort especially in the winter months.

2.Weight management: It’s a zero calorie beverage when taken without any sugar / honey / jaggery.  Weight-watchers can therefore include it in their daily diets without worrying about added calories.  Also, studies done in Asian population have shown that catechins in tea may help in fat burning.


3.Diabetes: Some studies also show that the flavonoids present in tea may help to modulate blood glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity.  However, this needs more evidence.


4.Blood pressure: Studies suggest that there might a positive association between green tea consumption and reduction in blood pressure. Further evidence is needed in this area.


5.Heart health:  Population studies done in some parts of the world show a link between regular tea consumption and improved cardiovascular health.


6.Alertness: Tea naturally contains L-theanine and caffeine.  Research shows that the combination of these 2 compounds can increase alertness and improve attention.


7.Waist circumference:  Human studies show that green tea consumption when combined with regular physical activity and balanced diet helps to burn body fat, particularly visceral fat (fat around the middle).  This could help in reducing the body girth. 


8. Healthy Skin: Tea contributes to daily hydration. A good hydration status maintains skin hydration. A good hydration status maintains healthy looking and hydrated skin.