Written byÂ Muhammad Adenowo
Every man whoâ€™s concerned about staying healthy and living long should make green tea an essential part of his daily routine. He should drink around 3 to 5Â cupsÂ each day.
Numerous studies have shown that green tea containsÂ certain nutrients which hold massive health benefits for men. Even more recently in the Western world, it has been widely regarded as one of the healthiest drinks on earth.
However, most men would naturally just grab a cup of coffee for an early-morning refreshment in place of green tea, because theyâ€™re unaware of the harmful effects1 that the caffeine in coffee has on their health.
In the case of green tea, itâ€™s a healthy and refreshing drink with a high concentration of catechins; highly-potent antioxidants which help neutralize the effect ofÂ free radicals2 within the body.
Even more, studies relate that the catechins are over a 100-times more effective and 25 times more powerful3 than vitamins C and E respectively, despite being essential nutrients that naturally help neutralize free-radicals within the body.
As a result, many global healthcare companies now add green tea extract to their products, especially the ones theyâ€™ve specially formulated for men.
Men who drink at least 3 cups of the tea daily are less likely to develop prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction and even low sperm count which is mostly caused by the actions of free radicals in the body.
Green tea holds numerous health benefits for men. Â Some notable ones include:
1. Boosts the Clarity and Function of the Brain
Green tea contains a certain type of amino acid, L-theanine, which crosses the blood-brainÂ barrier, thereby helping men who drink it to increase focus, boost clarityÂ and maximise the optimum concentrationÂ facility of their brain.
A 2017 study4Â that examined the effects of green tea extracts (L-theanine and epigallocatechin gallates) on human neuropsychology and brain function concluded that the tea also helps reduce anxiety.
The tea is also rich inÂ polyphenolsÂ which are capable of reducing inflammation in the brain cells, thus helping to fight brain cancer tumours.
Although green tea contains caffeine, itâ€™s in a very mild concentration compared to that in coffee. The combination of the amino acid L-theanineÂ with the small amount of caffeine provides men who drink the tea with a much more stable level of energy. It helps them stay more awake and productive throughout the day, without any ill effect on their health.
2. Reduces Cholesterol Levels in the Body
Green tea may help burn body fat and thatâ€™s the reason why most workout supplementÂ formulators add green tea extracts to their products, especially for men.
There have been studies5Â that have shown the positive effects of green tea extract on fat metabolism, both at rest and during exercise, when the extract was consumed both short and long term. Not all studies have observed the same effects, but this may be simply due to the way they were conducted.Â Overall, the literature is inconclusive and more studies are needed to confirm this positive effect of green tea.
In the body, LDL cholesterolÂ (also called â€˜bad cholesterolâ€™) is the harmful type. When there is an excess of it in the body, it blocks the blood vessels. Drinking green tea daily helps lower its harmful effect6, reducing the concentration and easing the flow of blood.
Ultimately, green tea results in a significant reduction of total cholesterolÂ within the body.
3. May Prevent Heart Disease
According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseasesÂ are the number one killers of menÂ in the world.
Most men love red meat. Â Although itâ€™s a great source of protein in the body, itâ€™s also been suggested that it raises the concentration of LDL cholesterol7.
High LDL concentration has been noted as a risk factor for heart disease, as well as having the ability to cause a heart attack8Â when it builds up in the blood vessels, thus blocking the flow of blood to the heart.
Some of the components9Â in green tea have been proven to help fight LDL cholesterol, thereby reducing the risk of suffering an early heart attack.
4. Increases Sperm Count
The sperm production rate, sperm countÂ and overall fertility of any male is influenced by several factors, including nutrition and lifestyle.
Itâ€™s also affected by the actions of free radicals within the body.
Sperm by its nature is very susceptible to free radicals3. Â These are highly reactive toxins in the body which cause oxidative damage to body cells and DNA.
Some of these free radicals can be neutralized by the actions of antioxidants present in green tea. As a result, the tea will help improve male fertility.
Men who drink green tea should naturally experience a higher sperm count10Â than those who avoid tea or drink it less frequently.