Amy McGory: It seems that not a day goes by without a new study touting the health benefits of green tea and there couldn't be a more perfect beverage for your body.
Research links its potent antioxidants to numerous benefits when paired with a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few of the best ways green tea can boost your health.
First, it gives you a healthier heart. Green tea's powerful antioxidants have been shown to lower blood pressure, stroke and heart attack risk and reduce lung, prostate and skin cancers.
For an extra boost of vitamin C squeeze in lemon which will help your body better absorb the tea's antioxidants.
Second, it boosts your metabolism, catechins and antioxidants present in green tea have been shown to promote weight loss specifically belly fat And studies suggest that caffeine frees fatty acids, so you can burn calories and fat more easily.
Sip it before a workout and these compounds can also help increase your fat burn during aerobic exercise. Aim for two to three cups of green tea daily to reap its metabolism boosting and belly blasting benefits.
Third, it gives you instant energy, paring caffeine and the amino acid L-Theanine, both present in tea, has been shown to decrease mental fatigue and improve alertness, reaction time and memory.
Look for green tea blends that also contain vitamins B6 and B12 which are essential players in helping fight fatigue, building stronger, healthier red blood cells and regulating your sleep cycles.
And those are just a few of the many health benefits of green tea. Cheers!