Green Tea isn’t just for Dieting: Benefits of Green and Black Tea

Green Tea isn’t just for Dieting: Benefits of Green and Black Tea

There are many benefits to drinking green tea besides weight loss.  Black tea is a form of green tea, and they both have many benefits to one’s health.

Green Tea Benefits                                 Black Tea Benefits

Antioxidants                                                           Antioxidants

Fights bacteria                                                        Cancer fighter

Prevents dental cavities                                       Lowers cholesterol

Helps with GI problems                                        Heart benefits

Prevents some forms of cancer                         Weight loss

Fights cancer                                                          Stimulates immune system

Lowers cholesterol                                                 Soothes arthritis

Cardiovascular benefits                                      Fights viruses

Weight loss                                                               Anti inflammatory

Prevent diabetes

Prevent strokes

Fights dementia

These are some of the many benefits of green and black tea. For the best health benefits drink both.  Know your medical history and if you can consume caffeine before drinking these teas.  Green teas tend to have about 40 mg of caffeine with black tea having slightly more.  This will vary on the brand, and can be a challenge to find out, as many aren’t labeled.

I recommend finding a certified organic brand to get the most health benefits. You can buy them in bulk online to save money. You can alternate days you have green tea and black tea.  On days when I want more caffeine I put a bag of each in my cup and steep it.  Tea can be simple, and doesn’t have to be a production like using a tea kettle or coffee pot for coffee drinkers.  Simply pour clean water into a mug and microwave it, then steep your tea for three to four minutes and you are on your way to improving your health. Also keep in mind that drinking these teas is most beneficial when eating a healthy diet and exercising. For folks who are prone to anxiety, limit your caffeine intake and drink more black tea.  Even if it has more caffeine, it has a more calming effect on the central nervous system, and is a must for people with chronic pain and inflammatory problems. Many of you may be indulging in cookies and eggnog this time of year, and green tea might help prevent some weight gain, and will certainly help you when you go on a diet January 1, as many people tend to do.  So drink up!



Dr. Umfer is a licensed clinical psychologist and forensic psychologist in Tampa Florida. She specializes in weight loss and forensic evaluations, such as sex offender risk assessments, psychological evaluations for substance abuse, competency, fitness for duty, immigration etc. She has certifications in fitness and nutrition, clinical hypnotherapy and as a meditation instructor. She identifies herself as a Forensic Evaluator and Weight Liberator and strives to help clients become "Umferized" aka empowered and fulfilled.

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