Consumption of green tea is on the rise. Green is an option in most café’s now, with some offering lattes and different varieties of green tea. There is bound to be one that will suit your taste. Japanese Sencha is often a good place to start for anyone new to green tea as it is a light tea which is excellent for everyday drinking. Matcha tea is expensive, but it really is a powerhouse of antioxidants and is often used in lattes.

Studies into the benefits of drinking green tea for its antioxidants and polyphenols, like flavonoids and catechins have shown it really is worth including in to your day.

Brain and mood

Green Tea is the perfect drink to take whilst working as it contains-L- theanine, an amino acid which helps to reduce mental and physical stress and boost mood. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine can also really help to improve brain function and cognitive performance. Not only does it improve brain function in the short-term, studies have shown that catechins present in green tea can help protect your brain from neuro- degenerative disorders and memory loss too.

Weight loss

Green tea also helps with weight loss as it helps to increase metabolism. The polyphenols in green tea work to increase fat burn. It has been shown to be particularly effective in decreasing fat in the abdominal area. This is why green tea is included In Rejuvenated’s Protein Smoothies. It also helps to help balance blood sugar levels after eating to prevent spikes in blood sugar that can result in fat storage.

Heart health

Studies have shown green tea drinkers have a 30% lower risk of heart disease. It helps to keep the blood vessels relaxed and flexible and it protects against the formation of clots. Regular consumption reduces high blood pressure and also lowers bad cholesterol. See Green Tea in Amazing Grass Energy Superfood.

Green tea for skin

Green tea is both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, so it offers great benefits to skin. Just applying cool green tea to sunburn helps reduce sun damage.

Scientists have recently discovered an extraordinary ingredient within green tea. The ingredient, known as EGCG, has anti-oxidant properties and has been shown to help reduce scarring by as much as 40%. Science of Skin developed the first commercially-available skincare products which contain EGCG designed to cross the skin barrier.

Solution for Scars, a green tea-based cream, actually changes the way the body heals itself at a cellular level switching off the inflammatory response that leads to abnormal scarring. The skin is allowed to heal without interruption from constant itching and inflammation, resulting in a smoother, less visible scar. Importantly, it alters mast cells, the cells that release histamine, which is responsible for many of the symptoms of inflammation. This promotion of early intervention has been proven to change the course of the healing process, an exciting new concept that has not been contemplated previously. Green tea is also the basis of Science of Skin’s newly launched products for stretch marks and bites.

Other products that harness the benefits of Green tea are the Jason C Effects range and Grown Alchemist Regenerating Night cream. The Konjac Sponge Company also have a green tea impregnated face sponge for gentle cleansing with natural antioxidant benefits.