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G is for green tea ๐Ÿƒ

Green tea contains B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium, antioxidant catechins and caffeine.

In recent years it has been alleged to help with weight loss, lower cholesterol, and prevent cancer and dementia but is this really the case?

  • Cancer: Although studies are ongoing there is currently no strong evidence that drinking green tea protects you from cancer.

  • Weight loss: It is thought that caffeine and the antioxidants catechin found in green tea may have a role in helping the body burn more calories however the amount of green tea that would need to be drunk to have any effect means in reality it's not a practical way to lose weight!!

  • Dementia: Unfortunately the evidence that it prevents dementia is also weak at present.

  • Reduce blood pressure and cholesterol: There is better evidence to show that drinking green tea or taking a green tea capsule may help to reduce blood pressure and reduce cholesterol however these results were also shown with black tea.

So the bottom line is it's perhaps not the super drink that has been claimed but in moderate amounts it certainly won't do any harm if you enjoy drinking it! ๐Ÿต๐Ÿƒ Personally I prefer Earl Grey... ๐Ÿ˜†

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