Green tea is a powerhouse when it comes to keeping you healthy and protecting against disease. Here are my three reasons for why you should drink tea everyday.
Reason #1: Lower your cancer risk with green tea
There are remarkable epidemiological studies supporting green tea. For example, the Shanghai Women’s Health Study followed 69,000 women and found that those who drank tea at least 3 times per week had a 37% reduction in the risk for colon cancer, compared to women who didn’t drink green tea.
How you steep your tea can make a difference. The more you steep, the more natural cancer-fighting substances from the tea leaves are released into your cup! Dunking a tea bag up and down for a few minutes is better than letting the bag just sit on the bottom of the cup.
Reason #2: Drink green tea to protect your DNA!
Your DNA is the blueprint for your health. Green tea contains a bioactive called EGCG that makes a natural antioxidant enzyme called GSTP1 that protects your DNA from oxidative stress.
By the way, EGCG can also activate tumor suppressor genes that stop cancer cells from growing.
Reason #3: Green Tea Can Make You Stress Less!
Researchers have shown that green tea can decrease stress. In a study of 2,774 people in Japan living with high levels of psychological stress, it was found that those who drank 5 or more cups of green tea daily exhibited fewer stress symptoms.
Green tea also helps reduce blood pressure, which can be raised when you are stressed out. Researchers at Loma Linda University showed in a study of 1,507 people that those who drank half a cup per day of green or oolong tea were 46% less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-tea drinkers.
The risk reduction increased to 65% for those who drank two and a half cups of tea or more per day.
Although we can’t always change the things in our lives that cause us stress, we can drink tea to help counter the effects on our mental and physical health.
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