By now, everyone knows green tea is one of the healthiest drinks in the world. Even casual green tea drinkers know that aside from being a healthy source of caffeine, green tea can help protect against cancer and fight inflammation, which leads to a host of other problems within the body. But did you know that green tea is literally brain food, and can help support a healthy skeletal system? Here are 3 lesser-known health benefits of regularly drinking green tea.
Green Tea Can Help Protect Your Brain
Green tea has L-theanine, which is an amino acid which helps create a sense of calm. Research shows that when combined with the caffeine that is naturally contained within green tea, L-theanine can help improve the performance of the brain and helps test subjects exhibit better memory. The antioxidants within green tea also help protect against certain degenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Green Tea Can Help Support Healthy Bones
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants; some of these antioxidants famously help protect the body from damage which may lead to cancer. Now, research has shown that even a moderate intake of green tea can help improve the strength and quality of bones. Other research has shown that the polyphenols in green tea can also help protect bones by reducing the amount of cellular damage and skeletal inflammation in one’s body.
Green Tea Fights Bad Breath Better Than Chewing Gum Can
According to a Japanese study published in 2008, it may be a good idea to reach for some green tea before you reach for chewing gum. A research study entitled “Effect of Green Tea on Volatile Sulfur Compounds in Mouth Air” compared green tea powder (matcha powder) to common halitosis-control products such as gum, toothpaste, and breath mints, and found that toothpaste and green tea were the most effective ways of controlling bad breath. The next time someone’s breath offends you, share a cup of green tea with them.