Studies Show Benefits Of Green Tea

Green Tea

Reducing the risk of heart disease and dropping pounds is as simple as making a cup of tea.

The Nutrition Business Journal reported that green tea is the second most popular beverage worldwide, only behind water. Consumers also spent $140 million on green tea supplements in 2015, many of which make claims of aiding in weight loss.

But while several studies show that the weight-loss effects of green tea are minimal at best, there are plenty of other health benefits to the beverage. Because green tea has no calories as long as sugar isn’t added to it, it can still be included as part of a weight loss regimen by being a much healthier substitute than soda or alcohol. It can also provide a mild, natural boost that is helpful before a workout or simply completing daily tasks.

Many research projects have also found that green tea can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, a narrowing of the arteries that can lead to chest pains, a stroke or even heart attack. A study out of Japan tracked 40,500 adults and found those who had five or more cups of green tea daily were 26 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those who had only one cup per day. A 2011 study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, found that women who drank just one cup of green tea each day had a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular than those who didn’t drink it.

But while green tea can be a helpful tool in improving health, it isn’t a cure-all. Consumer Reports’ chief medical adviser Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., also recommend avoiding smoking, exercising and adopting a healthy diet.