The main health benefits of green tea include cancer prevention, weight loss, improved blood flow and stress reduction, according to Medical News Today. Research also indicates that green tea helps lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and acts as an anti-inflammatory to help improve arthritis.
Green tea, when consumed in its natural unprocessed form, is considered one of the healthiest drinks in the world thanks to the high amount of antioxidants in the beverage, according to Medical News Today. More specifically, green tea has high levels of catechins, states WebMD. These are antioxidants that can fight off and prevent cell damage.
Many of the drink’s health benefits also come from its high levels of polyphenols, according to Medical News Today. This natural chemical is thought to provide the anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighting properties in green tea.
While many of the benefits of green tea center around how good it is for the heart, researchers are looking further into the impact that the tea has on the brain, WebMd reports. An early Swiss study has linked green tea to improved memory function, while other research has found it may help block the formation of brain plaques associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.