You’ve probably heard a lot about the health benefits of drinking green tea. Many people swear by its anti ageing properties and dutifully guzzle this ancient tea to tap into its rich nutrients. Green tea was discovered by the  revered Chinese father of medicine, Emperor Shennong.

To reap the most benefits out of this tea, it is advisable to boil your water and let it cool for about 10 minutes then immerse the tea bag and let it seep  according to how strong you like your tea. Using boiling water will destroy the precious catechins (tea’s healthy chemicals) lowering its intended effects. It is advisable to speak to your doctor before taking large amounts of this tea.  Pregnant  and breastfeeding should limit their intake because of caffeine content.

Here are some five importance of green tea.

green tea benefits and importance
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Improves functioning of the brain

Caffeine an ingredient found in this tea helps in the functioning of the brain. It is made possible by blocking Adenosine which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. This helps improve neurons which improves making the individual sharper and smarter.

Helps in weight loss

Several studies have suggested that the flavonoids and caffeine in this tea can help elevate metabolic rate, increase fat oxidation and even improve insulin activity.

Relieves depression

Green tea leaves contain a specific amino acid called Theanine. Theanine is responsible for tranquillising and relaxing the body. A great benefit which helps depressed people cheer up.

Great for skin

We all want to look good and have a glowing skin. Green tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substance in it. These substance prevents, skin ageing and early development of wrinkles hence leaving the skin smooth and spotless. Studies have found that green tea helps reduce chances of skin damage due to the sun rays.

Lowers risk of acquiring some cancers.

Green tea contains substances called polyphenols, which scientists think contribute to its anti-cancer activity. Some researchers have reported that this tea can kill cancer cells without actually killing other healthy cells in the body.