Today, obviously alongside water and coffee, tea is the most common beverage in the world. There are three main types of tea – black, green, and oolong and the difference between these types is in the way they are processed. The University of Maryland Medical Center lists and explains the health benefits of drinking green tea.
In making green tea, the leaves used do not go through the process of fermentation. That means that it is left with a very high concentration of polyphenols, one of the most powerful antioxidants. This is important because antioxidants fight free radicals that damage DNA, make changes in our cells and in extreme cases cause death. Polyphenols in green tea when fighting those free radicals may help prevent or reduce the damage they cause to our bodies.
Green tea extract may also help the body burn fat and improve metabolism function. Many people drink green tea in combination with caffeine to improve their weight loss, and this technique has proven as successful in both weight loss and maintenance.
There has been extensive research conducted on people and animals, as well as in laboratory experiments, and according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, green tea is beneficial for our body because it may help treat the conditions listed below.