Enjoyed hot or cold, green tea provides a caffeine kick loaded with fat-burning catechins and brain-boosting L-theanine. If you want to feel better, lose weight, decrease inflammation and power your daily performance, then start enjoying green tea on a regular basis.
Catechins, a type of antioxidant found in green tea, support weight loss by stabilizing blood sugar levels, boosting metabolism and increasing fat burning by 17 percent. Consumption of green tea is associated with less body fat (especially belly fat), as well as a decreased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
An amino acid found in green tea called L-theanine has excellent anti-anxiety effects found to increase the “feel good” neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine, and GABA. In combination with caffeine, L-theanine is particularly potent for improving brain function, mood, and memory. The calming effects of L-theanine and the lower caffeine content of green tea provide a smooth energy buzz without the “jitters” often associated with coffee.
Offering powerful antioxidant protection, the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in green tea, reduces oxidative damage by protecting the body from free radicals and increasing glutathione levels. EGCG lowers inflammation, which helps reduce signs of aging, decrease cancer risk and improve heart health.
Better than an energy drink, the natural caffeine in green tea (and coffee) can improve physical performance (up to 12 percent) by mobilizing body fat for energy use. Regular caffeine consumption pre-workout can also minimize post-workout soreness and recovery time by preventing lactic acid build up in your muscles. Although caffeine can be beneficial, avoid using it as an “energy crutch” for lack of sleep or skipped meals.
How To Include
Choose fresh organic green tea to maximize benefits and minimize toxins. You can also add a few cardamom pods to your brew. Cardamom raises the phase I enzyme that detoxifies caffeine, which is especially helpful if you’re sensitive to caffeine.
- Swap coffee for tea a couple days a week
- Limit yourself to 2 cups of coffee, then switch to green tea
- Add green tea instead of water to a veggie juice or protein shake
- Replace “energy” drinks with green tea
- Satisfy a sweet tooth with a blueberry green tea and stevia
- Drink before a “cheat” meal to reduce the negative effects of sugar
- Drink before a happy hour to help prevent a hangover
- Drink it cold with frozen blueberries instead of ice cubes
- Detox by drinking green tea with lemon juice upon waking