It seems that every few weeks we read another study about the health benefits of green tea. And here’s this week’s: Elderly people who drink the most green tea (five-plus cups a day) are less likely to suffer “functional disabilities” later in life. In other words, problems with daily living activities like getting dressed or bathing.
This report, published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, illustrates the powerful effect the antioxidants in green tea have on preserving cells. When it comes to beauty, healthy cells are paramount. Once cells are damaged, the skin pays the price with dullness, fine lines and sagging. Here are a few of the roles green tea plays in skin health, specifically:
Stops wrinkles: The antioxidants in green tea defend against the oxidative damage that causes wrinkles, discoloration and loose skin. In one green tea study, it was found that used topically in a lotion with light-emitting diode technology (LED) treatments, participants saw a dramatic reduction in wrinkles in just a month.
Heals wounds: Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used to heal injured skin.
Eases eczema: Drinking green tea helps to moisturize the skin and drinking three cups a day has shown to reduce eczema symptoms.
Boosts metabolism: Consuming green tea will help your body better oxidize fat and drop excess weight by speeding up your metabolism.
Those are enough reasons for us to brew up a cup right now!
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