Anti-Inflammatory: Green Tea, Ginger, and the Athlete
Green tea is one of the most popular drinks among athletes because it contains anti-inflammatory properties. It helps prevent muscle cramps and other symptoms associated with intense exercise. Athletes often use green tea to treat their aches and pains during training sessions or competition.
Many sports teams use green tea as part of their recovery protocol after strenuous workouts.
There are many different types of green teas available. Some contain caffeine while others do not. There are two main types of green teas: black and oolong.
Black tea contains more antioxidants than white tea, but they don’t seem to work as well against inflammation. Oolong is made up mostly of polyphenols which may help reduce pain and improve performance when consumed in moderation.
The following is a list of some of the health benefits associated with drinking green tea:
It reduces blood pressure and improves circulation. It helps lower cholesterol levels and triglycerides. It lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, increases HDL (good) cholesterol levels, and decreases triglyceride levels.
It boosts your immune system and prevents infections such as colds, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, chicken pox etc. It reduces stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. It protects the skin from UV radiation. It helps prevent cancer, particularly liver cancer. It protects the kidneys and prevents kidney stones. It helps prevent heart attacks and strokes. It helps prevent macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. It reduces the risk of heart disease. It prevents and treats diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and ulcers. It kills bacteria and viruses that cause respiratory infections, strep throat, gonorrhea, Lyme disease etc.
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