With the monsoon finally making its presence felt, the humble tea is one essential beverage that is on the lips of one and all. This rainy season, rather than opting for the unhealthy sugar-laden tea, why not choose, the healthier green tea for a change?
Loaded with antioxidants and many essential nutrients, green tea is a powerful beverage that you should befriend this monsoon. And here are some strong reasons why you should:
Green tea calms you down and relaxes you. Thank its natural chemical catechin for this. Catechins are the beneficial antioxidants that help fight cell damage. So, when you are making the next hot cuppa for yourself, remember this, don’t boil the water. Make it hot to about 160 to 180-degree Celsius as over-boiling hampers the positive effects of catechin. Also, add a dash of lemon, since vitamin C helps in the quick absorption of catechin.
#2 Weight Management
Green tea is a smart and intelligent replacement for sugary drinks. Along with catechin, the compound EGCG helps to promote metabolic health and aids in weight management. However, just sipping on green tea is not sufficient; one needs to also adhere to an active lifestyle to bring out significant improvements in body weight.
#3 Improved Eye Health
Studies also suggest that regular consumption of green tea helps in treating eye ailments effectively. Catechins help to protect the eye from oxidative damage and prevent vision loss too.
#4 Better Bone Health
Research proves that green tea does wonders for our bone health too. The compound catechin helps improve bone mineralization. They also help to weaken the activity of cells that reabsorb bone rather than help to form it.
Types of Green Tea
Now that we have an idea of the benefits of green tea, let’s also increase our knowledge of the various types of green teas.
Across the world, wide varieties of green teas are available. Of this, the Sencha variety is quite popular. Other variants that are available include:
- Kabusecha, to name a few
Interesting ways to have Green tea
So, if you are bored of having it in the tea format, use the leaves to make an interesting green tea smoothie or homemade berry muffins using the green tea powder. Alternatively, you can also make homemade green tea ice-cream with a dash of mint and basil leaves.