Earlier this week, we discussed some of the greatest health benefits that come with drinking green tea. Unlike coffee, soda and even juice, green tea contains none of the harmful substances that can rot your teeth or have other adverse effects on your nutrition. Just the opposite, green tea is often touted as one of the healthiest drinks in the world, thanks to its abundance of natural ingredients and antioxidants that boost health and reduce free radicals — those molecules that play a part in aging, disease and more.
If you're trying to think green and live a more sustainable, eco-friendly life, making the switch to green tea is one of the best places to start. Courtesy of Authority Nutrition, here are a few more healthy upsides to drinking green tea:
- Boosts brain health in old age: Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases are the leading neurodegenerative conditions among the elderly, and while no cure for them exists yet, studies have found that the catechin compounds in green tea can lower your risk for developing them in the first place.
- Lowers cancer risk: Antioxidants — which are loaded in every cup of green tea — have proven to have "a protective effect" on combating the growth of cancer cells. According to the source, women who drink green tea are 22 percent less likely to develop breast cancer and male drinkers have a 48 percent lower risk for prostate cancer. Another study in green tea-drinking women also found that the beverage played a part in reducing colorectal cancer risk by 57 percent. Just make sure not to add milk to your tea, as this can dilute the potency of the drink's antioxidants.