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30 Scientific and Incredible Facts about Green Tea

Tea drinkers rejoice! Green tea has been researched and proven time and time again to be a tremendously beneficial addition to your diet and everyday lifestyle. According to the website Organic Facts, green tea contains an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG). The website goes on to say that EGCG is helpful for treating a variety of diseases, which we’ll explore below.

If you haven’t jumped on the green tea bandwagon yet, here are some reasons why you should. It’s not good for just you, either. It can even help bring your plans to life. .

  1. Green tea is low in caffeine. It has an average of 15-25 milligrams per gram of tea.
  2. Bottled tea does not provide the same benefits as brewed tea. Generally, some antioxidants are lost in the bottling process.
  3. Green tea can help you wind down after a long day. It contains the amino acid L-Theanine (γ-glutamylethylamide), which promotes relaxation of the nervous system.
  4. Green Tea Guide says that the tea is good for your skin. Green tea - when applied topically - may protect the epidermis.
  5. There is such thing as too much of a good thing - Pregnant and breastfeeding women should limit their green tea consumption to no more than two, eight-ounce glasses per day. For more information about best practices, visit Mom Loves Best.
  6. Seventy-eight percent of tea consumed worldwide is black tea, while only about 20 percent is green.
  7. Green tea does not endure a fermenting process and is one of the “least processed” types of tea.
  8. Medical News Today says that green tea has been traditionally used in Chinese and Indian medicine to control bleeding and heal wounds.
  9. The polyphenols in green tea have been linked to decreased tumor growth in lab and animal studies, according to the National Cancer Institute.
  10. Green tea is linked to the prevention of mortality due to cardiovascular diseases, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  11. Consumption of green tea can lower your “bad” cholesterol. A study published in 2011 indicated that consuming green tea can result in a modest reduction of LDL levels. 
  12. In the medical journal Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, adding green tea to your daily diet results in a reduced risk of stroke.
  13. Although green tea has been touted as a necessity for weight loss, studies have actually shown its effect to be small.
  14. The inflammation and overproduction of skin cells leads to diseases such as dandruff and psoriasis. Green tea may be helpful in the prevention of inflammation and the regulation of skin cell production.
  15. Green tea is good for cognitive function. Research from the journal Psychopharmacology showed a positive link between the consumption of green tea and improved memory.
  16. Researchers at the University of Missouri in 2015 concluded that green tea extract and exercise slowed the progress of Alzheimer's disease in mice.
  17. Green tea can be taken as a supplement in capsule form or as a liquid extract.
  18. Black tea is the most common tea in the United States. Green tea, however, is favored in Japan and China.
  19. Green tea can be healthy for your plants too, according to EcoSalon. Just add some to your water and watch your plants blossom!
  20. Keep your teeth in tip-top shape by drinking a cup of green tea per day. Preventive Medicine found that adults between the ages of 40 and 64 were less likely to lose their teeth when they added green tea to their daily diet.
  21. Do you burn easily in the sun? Try sipping on some green tea for a week prior to prolonged sun exposure. Due to its powerful antioxidant properties, green tea protects your skin from sun damage.
  22. Avoid premature aging and fight off skin wrinkles by drinking green tea or buying a cream that contains it.
  23. Because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties, green tea makes a great foot bath. Make a strong green tea brew for your feet, sit back, and relax.
  24. If you have a pesky odor hanging around in your fridge, try putting green tea leaves in a plastic bag and leaving it in your fridge. The odors will soon disappear.
  25. Is your pet feeling itchy? Sprinkle green tea leaves around pet bedding to prevent fleas.
  26. After a long day at work, your eyes might be aching for sleep. Use warm, wet tea bags as compresses to relieve puffiness and eye pain.
  27. A wet tea bag works wonders for razor burn.
  28. Gargle with strong, freshly-brewed tea to reduce or eliminate bad breath.
  29. After a trip to the doctor’s office, put a wet teabag on an injection site. This is soothing for children and adults alike.
  30. If the cat’s litter box is stinking up the house, put dry, green tea leaves in with the litter. The tea possesses deodorizing effects and is safe for your cat.