5 Reasons to add green tea to your diet

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Updated 05 July 2020

5 Reasons to add green tea to your diet

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Most of us love a nice cup of tea, in fact it’s the second most popular beverage in the world after water. But how about swapping your usual brew for an antioxidant-rich, zero-calorie, low caffeine green tea instead? Available from supermarkets and specialist shops alike, green tea comes in a variety of types and flavors and is stacked with health benefits.

Treatment for skin disorders

This little “super” tea not only eases skin irritations when you drink it but can also be applied directly to the concerned area. Green tea is rich in a powerful antioxidant called EGCG that some people think might help to prevent skin cancer and is high in catechins that are lauded for their anti-inflammatory properties. It can combat acne, psoriasis, dandruff and patches of dry, red flaky skin.

Increases lifespan

This might sound strange but a study of 40,000 healthy Japanese people aged between 40 and 79 showed that those who were drinking five cups of green tea a day lived longer than those who were consuming one cup or less.

Good for your body

Swapping a milky, sugary cuppa for a calorie-free green tea has obvious benefits, but this super drink also contains antioxidants that can help to increase metabolism and caffeine that can aid in fat burning and also improve exercise performance. Drinking three to five cups a day could have you on your way to losing weight.

Good for your brain

Research suggests that green tea can enhance our cognitive functions, particularly the working memory. It could also have a role in the treatment of dementia, as studies using green tea extract have shown positive effects on a key protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Good for your heart

Drinking four cups of green tea a day might reduce your risk of suffering a stroke by up to a massive 20 percent. It could be down to the catechins which help regulate blood pressure and help improve blood flow. The results were found in a study on 82,369 men and women in Japan. Research in the US has also shown reductions in heart disease in those consuming green tea.

New York outshines lead stars in festive season offering ‘Dash and Lily’

Updated 23 November 2020

New York outshines lead stars in festive season offering ‘Dash and Lily’

CHENNAI: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has proved to be a boon to streaming giants and the usual string of holiday movies and shows have captured a captive audience due to stay-at-home measures still in place in many countries. One of Netflix’s latest offerings in the festive feel-good category is “Dash and Lily,” a series comprising eight short episodes. It is based on Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s novel, “Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares” and was repurposed for TV by Joe Tracz. In true teenage style, it is a little sweet, a little sour, with laughs and tears along the way. Cynical Dash (Austin Abrams) and bubbling-with-optimism Lily (Midori Francis) find themselves all alone in their respective homes having been abandoned by their parents, who go off on holidays they have been dreaming of for years. The plot kicks off when Dash finds a notebook written by a mysterious girl at his favorite bookstore in New York. What follows is a mad dash across the city as the pair communicate via the little red notebook, leaving it at various spots throughout the city for each other to find. What is more, Dash and Lily find that the notebook helps them discover things about themselves — it becomes a voyage of self-discovery and both realize that had they met face-to-face, they would have never been able to reveal so much. Other characters, such as Lily’s stern grandfather and Dash’s friend who works at the bookstore, add variety to the narrative and they have also been smartly written. While the series offers a novel take on teenage romance, there is not very much that is new or unexpected about the storyline. The performances are nothing to write home about in this saccharine story, but New York, in all its festive season flair (the series was shot in December 2019), stands in as an appealing lead character and will, at the very least, offer travel-starved viewers the chance to enjoy winter in the Big Apple.