Since 2006, Americans have consistently consumed over 29 billion gallons of caffeinated beverages annually. That’s a lot. But the real concern is that these beverages were primarily sodas or energy drinks packed with sugar, or an unhealthy source of caffeine.
This article shows a great comparison of the amount of sugar in various sodas and energy drinks, and it’s one reason why sugar consumption has increased dramatically.
There are better alternatives to get you through the day without the weight-gaining and yawn-inducing side effects of traditional sodas. And that has a bit of green to it. Green Tea Extract (GTE) provides a gentle “pick-me-up” without the undesirable effects of soft drinks and energy drinks. You might also be surprised to know that GTE may have many added health benefits.
Here are 13 reasons why choosing an energy drink with GTE over traditional sugar and caffeine is the best choice you can make.
- Green Tea Extract Contains Cellular-Health Supporting Polyphenol Catechins
GTE contains polyphenol catechins which are anti-oxidants shown to fight and even repair cell damage caused by free radicals in the body. Free radicals and oxidation contribute to many of the common problems people experience.
- Green Tea strengthens the immune system
- Green Tea Helps Reduce Inflammation
- Green Tea Lowers Cholesterol
- Green Tea Extract Improves Circulation and Brain Activity
GTE has been shown to improve blood flow and support healthy cholesterol levels. If it’s good for the heart, it’s good for the brain. In one Swiss study, MRIs revealed that people who drank green tea had greater activity in the working-memory area of their brains.
- Green Tea Aids Proper Digestion
- Green Tea Promotes Respiratory Health
- Green Tea Possess Anti-Bacterial Properties
- Green Tea Extract Lowers Blood Sugar
When taken with meals, GTE may help normalize blood sugar levels at an already healthy level. EGCG (also known as epigallocatechin gallete, a catechin) in green tea changes how glucose is absorbed. EGCG mimics insulin and inhibits the liver’s production of glucose, subsequently supporting healthy blood sugar levels.
- Green Tea Helps Clear Up Acne
- Green Tea Helps In Reducing Weight
- Green Tea Lowers High Blood Pressure
- Green Tea Extract Contains Stress Reducing L- Theanine
L-Theanine is unique in that it helps promote good health and eases stress, all while providing sustained energy. It’s used in certain energy drinks because it energizes without the jitters and overstimulation of traditional caffeine. It helps to improve mood and promotes a feeling of confidence and security. It may also improve one’s ability to learn more quickly and focus more intently.
Green tea is so inexpensive and offers so many health benefits, everyone should at least give it a try.