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Drinking a couple cups of green tea each day can benefit heart health, inhibit cancer, aid in weight loss and put you in a better mood. Read more about green tea and its health benefits.

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Green tea can fight heart disease

The antioxidants in green tea, called catechins, fight free radicals. These free radicals can do a lot of damage, including contributing to blood clots and atherosclerosis (the narrowing and hardening of the arteries). Therefore drinking green tea can actually help you avoid heart disease. Because green tea is minimal processed unlike other black and oolong teas, the catechins -- particularly epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) -- are more concentrated. The amino acids (such as L-theanine), chlorophyll and vitamins A, C and E in green tea also reap health benefits.

Green tea can inhibit cancer growth

According to many studies, that same EGCG can stop free radicals from damaging DNA and can inhibit cancer growth. We aren't saying that green tea is a cancer cure, but research has shown that drinking two cups a day may reduce your risk for some cancers.

Green tea can help you lose weight

According to studies in the Netherlands, Japan and around the world, people who drink green tea lose more weight and have lower LDL -- the bad cholesterol -- than those who don't. We all know that obesity and high LDL can be risk factors for the aforementioned heart disease, as well as other health conditions like diabetes. Green tea can improve your metabolism, making weight loss easier.

Green tea can put you in a better mood

Green tea, such as matcha, is rich in amino acids that combine with caffeine to allow you to be calm yet alert. The amino acid L-theanine helps put you in a relaxed mood, but you don't get sleepy because of the caffeine factor. Therefore, green tea can actually serve as a mood stabilizer.

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Kori Ellis
Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and three children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide, writing about everything from wedding planning to fantasy sports.
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