OK, thats not to disrespect those pretty awesome benefits of drinking green tea, but, come on, weve heard them all before. And if you still arent drinking green tea (tsk, tsk), a reminder that it can help prevent cancer probably isnt going to make you want to brew a cup.
But these four little-known benefits of green tea might.
It Can Help You Get It Up
Heres one thing most guys forget when they hear that green tea improves cardiovascular health. A healthy erection requires healthy blood flow, notes dietician Jaime Mass, RDN, LDN, president of Jaime Mass Nutritionals. Erectile dysfunction can be a symptom of oxidative damage throughout your entire body, your penis erectile tissue included. And research published in The Journal of Urology suggests that antioxidants, by fighting free radicals in that tissue, could serve as prophylactics. Meanwhile, another study from Boston University found that bunnies that munched on antioxidant-rich foods had better blood flow south of the border. Need we remind you that green teas epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is one of the most powerful known antioxidants?
It Lets You Hit the Gym Harder
Huffing and puffing wont do any good if your body doesnt actually use the oxygen youre taking in. Your VO2 max, your maximal oxygen uptake, is a huge factor in how hard and long you can perform aerobic exercise. And research published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that consuming EGCG, green teas most powerful antioxidant, can increase how much oxygen your body can use for fuel per minute. Harder workouts mean better results.
It Can Unfunk Your Junk
OK, so you might not reap this benefit by drinking it or pouring it on your wiener, but the fact that green tea extract can clear up genital warts is still pretty cool. VEREGEN, an FDA-approved prescription product for genital warts, is a botanical ointment made from the extract of our miracle tea’s leaves. While research hasnt proven why it works, it apparently does. Just make sure to wash it off before you put your penis in anything.
It Clears Skin
One day you sprout one honker of a zit on your nose. The next, you discover a wrinkle that you swear wasnt there before. Drinking green tea can fight both — and more. Antioxidants have the ability to scavenge free radicals; free radicals can cause damage to our precious collagen and cause inflammation from the inside out, says Mass. Damaged collagen and inflammation equals poor skin health and rapid aging. In fact, research in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that drinking our wonder drink not only prevents skin cancer but reverses the visual effects of baking in the sun (think: wrinkles, age spots, acne) as well.