Recently, the fad of healthy “power foods” are coming in hordes into several peoples dietary people are suddenly becoming gluten-free or following a paleo diet. Along with the trend of matcha,
kale, and chia seeds, one that is finally becoming a huge trend is green tea. I have personally always loved green tea, just because I knew about all of its health benefits, but I prefer it hot with honey, or iced with a little bit of sweetener just because I do not enjoy the bitterness of the plain tea. Not only does it increase your metabolism and help you burn fat faster, it is also proven to improve brain functions.
Another incredibly surprising benefit is that is may lower the risk of cancer, because it has powerful amounts of antioxidants, thus lowering the risk of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer. However, it is important to keep in mind that it may be a bad idea to put milk in your tea, because some studies suggest it reduces the antioxidant value. In addition to those, the amino acid ‘L-theanine’ in green tea increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which has anti-anxiety effects. L-theanine also increases dopamine and the creating of alpha waves in the brain, aiding in relaxation, reducing stress, and helping to reduce depression.