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The Miracle of Green Tea

The miricle of green tea

What makes green tea so special?

Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression.

Scientific Research Says...

Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea.

For example, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent.

University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells.

There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Cup of Green Tea To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:

  • Cancer.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • High blood cholesterol levels.
  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • Infection.
  • Impaired immune function.

You can purchase Green Tea in a liquid extract, or in a green tea fat burner soft-gel tablet form. Many green tea extracts are available, but not all are equal. The best green tea products will contain the optimal level of 50 percent naturally occurring catechins. A European phytopharmaceutical company produces Vitabase's Green Tea Extract. It is manufactured under strict European quality-control standards without the use of harsh solvents.

Quality Green Teas

And of course, one can always drink a good quality Green Tea such as Kirkland Signature Ito En Matcha Blend (Green Tea). Sencha green tea with matcha blend! Great Taste - noticeable sweeter than other brands.

Ito En Oi Ocha Japanese Green Tea Bottles Brisk refreshing, and a natural green tea authentic Japanese taste.

Yogi Green Tea Kombucha, Herbal Tea Supplement. Green tea with kombucha aids immune and digestive function.

The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols (also found in the acai berry), particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful antioxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the "French Paradox." For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was found to lie in red wine, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers.

Why don't other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.

Other Benefits of Green Tea

New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland in which Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.

Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea -- from deodorants to creams -- are starting to appear on the market.

Harmful Effects?

To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six to eight ounces of tea, compared to over one hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.

Green Tea Eye Treatment

Green tea is filled with inflammation-fighting antioxidants. Chill damp tea bags in the fridge and put on eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. Green tea contains tannins, which act as an astringent when applied to skin and can help reduce puffiness.

Do Drink Green Tea!

Sip at least 3 big mugs of green tea every day for an antioxidant boost. When you add a generous squeeze of citrus juice, such as lemon, lime or orange, the tea's antioxidants get a boost of staying power, so they remain in and benefit the body longer, rather than being digested quickly and having much of the goodness go down the drain, says Purdue University Researchers.

Iced Green Tea with Honey Recipe

Cold water
Four bags of green tea
2 (1/2-inch) pieces ginseng root (optional)
1/2 cup honey, or to taste

Fill kettle with cold water and heat over high until steaming but not boiling. Place tea bags and ginseng root, if using, in heat safe pitcher or teapot. Steep for 15 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags and ginseng. Stir in the honey.

See also: Green Tea with Honey Recipe

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