The health benefits of green tea are vast!  This healthy, warm or cold beverage contains a number of antioxidants that protect your body from disease.  So how exactly are you treating your body well by drinking green tea?  Read on to find out.

1)    Heart Healthy
Keeping green tea a regular part of your diet may protect against coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, high triglycerides and hypertension; all are problems that could eventually lead to a heart attack.  It is also known that green tea acts as a blood thinner, reducing risk for stroke and brain damage, and may help speed recovery from a heart attack.  Green tea can also help decrease cholesterol levels in the blood.

2)    Decreases Cancer Risk 
Because green tea has such high antioxidant content, it may protect against some cancers.  Certain substances in the beverage may prevent the formation of new blood vessels that feed tumors.  Cancers that green tea has shown to be protective against include: prostate, pancreatic, lung, ovarian, breast and bladder cancers. 

3)    Prevents Diabetes 
Those who consume green tea have a lower risk for developing type 1 diabetes due to green tea’s bility to control blood sugar levels. 

4)    Good for your Teeth 
Green tea acts as an antibacterial and contains fluoride; both characteristics that help prevent gum disease and cavities.
5)    Aids in Weight Loss 
It is known that certain compounds in green tea may increase metabolism and burn fat more efficiently.  Green tea also helps with hydration which is a factor that contributes to successful weight loss.

6)    Keeps the Brain Healthy 
Consuming green tea regularly may reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and other cognitive issues as you age.  This is due to the antioxidant properties of the tea that attack free radicals and keep cells functioning at an optimal rate.

7)    Fights Bacteria and Viruses 
Some research shows that drinking green tea may help prevent and/or speed recovery from illnesses like influenza.  

So as you can see the health benefits of green tea are great and should give your more than enough reason to start drinking green tea.  You should look for the all-natural kind that doesn’t contain any added sugar or preservatives.  It can be used as a replacement for sugary drinks that you consume to keep yourself awake during the day.