Why you should be drinking green tea
The 6 compelling reasons to indulge in green tea.
Glow with green tea’s goodness
All hail a mighty cup of tea—green tea, to be specific. With deep cultural roots and multiple varieties at your local coffee shop, it’s a beloved global elixir. Although it doesn’t get the spotlight often, it’s an underrated superhero. Especially when it comes to hormone health. Time to get steeped in knowledge and start sipping this liquid gold.
6 reasons to drink green tea
Menstrual well-being aside, green tea is loaded with health benefits:
- High in antioxidants: Green tea is rich in polyphenols and catechins—otherwise known as powerful antioxidants. These help protect the body against free radicals and oxidative stress, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
- Maintains a healthy heart: Regularly drinking green tea has been linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases (it may help reduce cholesterol levels).
- Supports brain function: The combination of caffeine and L-theanine (an amino acid) can have a positive impact on overall brain health, focus, and cognitive performance.
- Improves skin appearance: Green tea’s antioxidants can help protect the skin from damage caused by UV radiation and reduce the signs of aging, promoting a healthier and more youthful appearance.
- Enhances oral health: That’s right. Green tea's antimicrobial properties can help combat bacteria and reduce the risk of dental cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.
- Provides an energy boost: …but without jittery side effects! While caffeine stimulates alertness and concentration, green tea’s L-theanine promotes mental clarity, resulting in a more balanced and sustained energy increase. This unique combination offers a smooth and calming energy boost.
How green tea supports a healthy menstrual cycle
Green tea is more than just a delightful beverage—it's a hormonal heroine. Packed with antioxidants, it can help balance hormones and promote overall well-being. It contains polyphenols, such as catechins, which have been shown to regulate estrogen levels and support a healthy menstrual cycle.
- Sayonara, PMS
IYKYK: dealing with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can feel like a rollercoaster ride. Fortunately, green tea can save the day. With antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it can potentially reduce bloating, menstrual cramps, and even improve mood swings. Like seed cycling, it’s a nourishing and gentle way to support your overall menstrual health.
- Flow with ease
Tired of cramps and period-related discomfort? Green tea might just be the secret weapon you've been searching for. Some studies suggest that the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea can help ease menstrual cramps and reduce the severity of pain. Consider green tea a warm hug in a mug. Most research points to 3-6 cups of green tea, per day, to max out its benefits.
Brewing the perfect cuppa
In many ways, brewing green tea is an art—a beautiful ritual worth weaving into your day. Take a moment out of your day and treat it as such! First and foremost, don't scorch those delicate leaves. Instead, opt for water around 160-175°F (70-80°C). Steep for 2-3 minutes and let the flavors gradually release. Whether you’re using green tea bags—or loose leaf tea leaves—opt for organic when possible.
Traditionally, green tea isn’t sweetened or mixed with milk. In many cultures, the emphasis is on its natural flavors and aromas. However, experiment with different ways to enjoy your green tea. To mellow out its slight bitterness, you can add a dash of cream, unsweetened nut milk, raw honey, or a blood sugar-friendly option, like monk fruit drops.
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Green tea vs. matcha—which is superior?
Rest assured, both are hormone helpers. In fact, it’s difficult to definitively categorize one as far superior than the other. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference.
For context, they’re derived from the same plant. However, green tea is made by steeping the leaves of the plant in hot water. Matcha, on the other hand, is made by grinding the whole green tea leaves into a fine powder. This powder is then used in everything from lattes to smoothies!
While they’re both rich in antioxidants, matcha contains a higher concentration of certain compounds, including catechins. Additionally, matcha provides a concentrated source of chlorophyll, which has been linked to potential detoxifying effects. Lastly, matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to promote relaxation and mental clarity.
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