Tea-drinking is an integral part of being Irish. It’s a ritual in virtually most Irish households that when a guest arrives you promptly offer them cup of tea. And if you don’t have any teabags left, well, then shame on you.
Around exam time students always manage to schedule enough tea breaks to keep them within their sanity. But is a cup of regular tea really that helpful? Filled with small amounts of caffeine, milk and usually sugar, are we really drinking the right stuff if we want to boast our energy levels and our creativity?
What if we ditch our all faithful and take up drinking…wait for it…green tea?
Now, while the flavour of green tea mightn’t agree with everyone (as one mate put it, “It tastes like dirt; are you trying to poison me?”) it has steadily become a favourite over the years for its health benefits and nutrients. If you still not convinced here are a few reasons why you should consider at least having a few cups of green tea each week.
1. Green tea will make you smarter
While there is a small amount of caffeine in green tea (substantially less than coffee and tea), the mixture with amino acids creates a different type of stimulant than higher dosages of caffeine. The energy boast is less jittery than you drink higher laden caffeinated drinks and your brain is able to function and focus at a higher level. A new study has also revealed that green tea boasts memory function. The study by Stefan Borgwardt, MD, PhD, from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Basel, Switzerland shows that drinking a green tea extract enhances memory performance.
2. Boosts your physical performance
Green tea has been shown to increase metabolism and fat burning. With no added sugar present, the body feel less tired and the system does not feel as tired as it would with other beverages consumed. Since it speeds up your metabolic rate, green tea is beneficial to weight loss. Various studies have shown that green tea in particular can help with getting rid of abdominal fat. Most people stress eat during exams and when completing assignments so at least if there is one drink on your side then that’s a happy bonus.
3. Great for detox
Green tea contains numerous antitoxins that cleanse and flush any bad toxins that have invaded the body (particularly after a night of heavy drinking). While it may not rid the body of the hangover completely, it certainly helps.
4. Abundance of flavours
While you pretty much know what you are going to get with a normal cup of tea, you aren’t limited just one type of green tea, different flavours such as mint, berry, vanilla, strawberry and orange allows you to regularly mix it up and experience as many as you want before you find one that suits you.
So next time you stock up on teabags, make sure to keep in mind that your next guest may be a green tea lover. Don’t judge or get offended; they will have the last laugh.