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Faalik Zahra

The Benefits of Green Tea

by Faalik Zahra

Green tea is a popular beverage that has been around for decades. It is a tea that originates from East Asia. It comes from the plant Camellia sinensis. This is the same plant that makes up black tea. Recently green tea has become increasingly popular in the form of matcha. Matcha is green tea powder made from leaves of Camellia sinensis that have been grown in the shade. This has sparked increased conversations on the drink's benefits as many replace their daily cup of coffee with one of matcha.

 

There are numerous reasons why individuals consume green tea. Some individuals enjoy its taste and the caffeine in the beverage. Caffeine helps increase the alertness that an individual may experience and helps them feel increasingly awake. The National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health highlights other benefits that green tea has:

-     Improving mental alertness

-     Relieving digestive symptoms

-     Relieving headaches

-     Promoting weight loss

 

Penn Medicine highlights additional benefits of green tea,” green tea is exceptionally high in flavonoids that can help boost your heart health by lowering bad cholesterol and reducing blood clotting. This tea variety has also shown to be anti-inflammatory, which helps keep your skin clear and glowing.”

 

Research is still being done on the impacts of green tea and its possible relationship with being able to combat cancers. Though for now, the beverage has been associated with many benefits that go beyond providing the individual with caffeine. It is vital to ensure that you are limiting the caffeine you consume to ensure it is a healthy amount.

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Faalik Zahra studies neuroscience and journalism at the University of Cincinnati and plans on becoming a physician. She has always had a strong inclination towards writing and sharing stories which have led her to pursue a journalism degree as well as founding an online media portal, Bearcat Voice. As a Senior Contributor, Faalik combines her passion for writing and her interest in medicine to explain medical issues to patients in a way they can clearly understand.

March 2023  page 11

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