Active ingredients: the incredible health benefits of green tea

Green tea has become synonymous with a healthy lifestyle in recent years and can now be found in various forms at your local coffee shop. Green tea latte, anyone? There’s a reason that this traditional Chinese tea has been on the receiving end of so much praise. Here are just some of the many reasons why you should swap your cappuccino for a green tea at least once a day.

What are the health benefits of green tea?

Green tea has uncommonly high levels of polyphenols, which shield both the immune system and the collagen in your skin from harmful free radical damage. It's these polyphenols that keep skin looking healthy and youthful. Antioxidants found in the extract, called catechins, also help to prevent cell damage, meaning your skin can stay smoother for longer. And because green tea isn't heavily processed before reaching your cup, your daily mug should contain quite a lot of these catechins. It’s even been found that the tea boosts metabolism and improves blood flow – helping you to burn a few extra calories.

How can I incorporate more green tea into my diet?

Instead of that milky coffee first thing, reach for the green tea instead, or whizz up a smoothie using green tea powder with some yoghurt and fruits. Don’t worry – green tea still contains caffeine so you don’t have to sacrifice that early morning buzz!

Matcha (a type of fine-milled green tea harvested from specific tea leaves) has caught on in the Western world in recent years, and offers an alternative way to get your dose of the extract. Stir a teaspoon of matcha powder into smoothies, salad dressings and sauces to give them an easy health boost. If you’re feeling creative, try experimenting with it in your baking too – give cookies and macaroons a twist by adding some green tea powder.

Green tea extract is also one of the active ingredients in our beauty-boosting Enhance Me supplement. Packed full of ingredients, this supplement is another way you can retain healthy, smooth and youthful skin.