Green Tea has been known for thousands of years to have many benefits. Read about them here.
Green Tea comes in many guises, mainly from the East. Chinese and Japanese green teas have similar benefits. Green tea is just black tea without the fermentation process. Black tea contains many benefits too, just not as many as green tea, plus milk blocks the flavanoids (active health promoting components in green tea).
Green tea contains antioxidants, polyphenols (active plant components) catechins and EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), these are the bits which give Green tea it’s unique properties. Many of the health benefits and claims of green tea are the subject of ‘hype’ but it does seem to have a proven track record for helping almost all causes of mortality in some bigger well constructed studies, so maybe we should believe the ‘hype’
Green Tea for The Athlete
Next to fish oils green tea is a wonder food, drink it regularly, drink it lots – get a version you enjoy the taste of. The best product is Matcha ceremonial green tea used in the orient for 1000’s of years to improve mediation and meetings between people, but any type of green tea will contain some of the beneficial effects.
One of the reasons for it’s traditional use in ceremonies is its effect on brain neurotransmitters, specifically it has a calming and focusing action due to raising dopamine and GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) at the same time. Dopamine is responsible for motivation and drive, whilst GABA regulates brain rhythm. The effect is you feel calmer and more focused at the same time. Only a few natural substances can do this and generally these assist with reaction time when nerves are an issue. Green tea also affects alpha waves; these are highest when the brain is relaxed and alert.
Green Tea; calms the brain
Increases both GABA and Dopamine
Excellent for decision making when under fire
Increases alpha waves
Protects against lots of diseases
So if you want to avoid being stressed, fat and prone to disease make sure you drink green tea!