Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

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The benefits of drinking green tea are related to the antioxidants reducing cholesterol levels, improving cardiac health and preventing cancer. Find out how the small amounts of caffeine in green tea can be beneficial with information from a licensed dietitian in this free video on nutrition.

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My name is Christine Marquette and I'm a registered and licensed dietitian with Marquette Nutrition and Fitness and I'm going to talk to you about the benefits of drinking green tea. Green tea actually has a lot of health benefits, it's been used for thousands of years primarily in Asia initially. Now it's spread throughout the world and there are literally millions of people who drink green tea. Some of the benefits of green tea are related to it's antioxidant content. Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant that are thought to be even more powerful than some of the vitamins that are antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E. Polyphenols in green tea are primarily catechins and there's 6 different types. The one that has been most extensively studied is epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG for short. That has been studied in weight loss and lowering cholesterol and actually helping improve cardiac health and actually preventing cancer. So there are a lot of different studies that have been with green tea and that are ongoing. Some of these studies have had mixed results, for example with weight loss there are some studies that show a benefit with drinking green tea to losing weight, there are other studies that haven't shown a benefit. And something similar has been found with cancer, there have been some studies that show it may help prevent certain types of cancer, in other studies it hasn't shown that effect, but it does across the board show some benefit for cardiac health. It does show a lot for reducing LDL cholesterol which is known as the bad cholesterol and some studies has actually helped increase the healthy cholesterol or the HDL. In addition, many of the studies that are ongoing are looking at some of the other antioxidant properties to it, so there's a variety of things that may continue to be discovered about green tea as far as some improvements in our health. Also one other thing to keep in mind is that the caffeine content of green tea is much lower than the caffeine content of coffee. So if you're somebody who is sensitive to caffeine but you do want a little bit, green tea can be a good source, it can help give you a little bit of a boost without causing you to feel jittery. So those are some of the benefits of green tea.

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