The Benefits of Green Tea

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The Benefits of Green Tea

Ivy Hollander, Journalist

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Some may not be aware that green tea offers many benefits to humans. Green tea was originated in China and is made from Camellia sinensis leaves and buds that have not gone through the same process that is used to make black and oolong teas. Most of the benefits given from green tea can improve a person’s health.

The first benefit is that green tea can help lower someone’s risk of having certain cancers. The antioxidants in the tea are what causes this benefit. Oxidative damage contributes to cancer and antioxidants are known to have a protective effect. For example, a study in breast cancer found that the women who drank the most green tea had a 20-30% lower risk of having or developing breast cancer. Many observational studies have found that green tea lowers the development of several cancers, but this knowledge is not certain to be true without some more high quality research.

The second benefit is that it can improve someone’s health. Green tea contains bioactive compounds that can help fight for having great health. It is filled with so many nutrients that are good for humans. Healthline writes in an article, “Green tea is about 30 percent polyphenols by weight, including large amounts of a catechin called EGCG. Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and provide other benefits.” These nutrients help reduce the formation of free radicals, which protects cells and molecules from being hurt.

The last benefit of green tea is that it can improve the function of a human brain. This can result in making the brain smarter. The ingredient that does this is caffeine. Caffeine has been studied vigorously and is known for improving various aspects of the brain. Many people who drink green tea have reported that they feel more productive than when they drink just a normal cup of coffee. All in all, green tea has many positive effects of a human’s health.