A lot of women have been found to respond especially favourably to green tea, particularly women who happen to be menstruating. Let’s face it, girls, that time of the month isn’t exactly the most pleasant of times, but the good news is that as far as green tea and menstruation goes, the research in general is looking very positive indeed as it looks as if green tea is currently able to provide numerous benefits to menstruating women. Here’s a more in-depth look.
What exactly is menstruation?
Menstruation is generally a monthly cycle in which women will discharge blood as their bodies gently shed the lining of their womb (uterus). Each month this cycle occurs (on average) and menstrual blood will flow through the uterus and pass out of the body via the vagina. A typical menstrual period will last around 3 – 5 days on average, though the entire process can be pretty unpleasant as it can result in mood swings, hormonal imbalances, painful cramping, iron deficiencies due to a loss of blood, and much more besides.
Green tea and menstruation
Any female readers out there will tell you that whilst menstruating, life isn’t quite as pleasant as it normally is for the remaining 3 weeks of the month, and so any ingredient which can make life easier whilst menstruating is only going to be beneficial. Well, good news, ladies, because studies have found that green tea could provide a number of benefits to women whilst menstruating.
For women experiencing a heavy menstrual flow, green tea is ideal because it is rich in magnesium, as well as vitamin K. Why is this so beneficial? Because both compounds have been found to help improve blood coagulation and can help the blood to clot, which in turn, will greatly reduce your menstrual flow.
On top of this, green tea is also beneficial because it helps to replace nutrients which are naturally lost during the blood loss, iron for example.
A lot of women also report that green tea has a great effect on the pain that is sometimes experienced during menstruation, and it furthermore also has a calming and soothing effect.
So the next time it’s ‘that time of the month’ you might consider drinking a cup or two of green tea and enjoy the benefits.