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I am not a "tea person", but after I read an article on Everyday Health I was sold on green tea! According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), green tea has been used in Chinese and Japanese medicine practices for centuries. Below is a short version of that article.

  1. Nutritional Punch: Caffeine, a type of alkaloid, which can have stimulating effects on the nervous system. Amino acids, uch as L-theanine, which may help increase mental focus. Fluoride, a mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel.

  2. Lower Blood Sugar Levels in People with Type 2 Diabetes: Green tea may help reduce insulin resistance, according to a study in which participants who consumed 150 milliliters of green or sour tea three times per day for four weeks saw positive results.

  3. Protective Effect on the Heart: Along with green tea’s cholesterol-lowering properties, the NCCIH notes that the tea may also lower high blood pressure. In turn, this can lead to better heart health, according to research from 2023. Similar effects may be seen with black tea, too.

  4. It Can Be Part of a Healthy Weight Loss Diet: The caffeine in green tea may help suppress appetite and speed calorie burning through a process called thermogenesis, suggests one study. Just know that most of the research out there on green tea is on this more highly concentrated extract; it doesn’t involve the tea bag steeping in your cup, notes one article.

  5. Healthy Skin: Green tea may help treat skin conditions such as eczema and genital warts, per a research article.

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