Most of us know that Green Tea has many health benefits. In a new article, Dr Mercola has provided a comprehensive update and some findings from new research published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Not only does tea rehydrate as well as water does, most teas also have additional health benefits.
Dr Mercola suggests you drink 3-4 cups a day of quality green tea. As some people find Green and other teas cause tiredness, I recommend you start with one cup in the morning and build from there, observing the impact it has on your alertness and tiredness.
You should drink your green tea “straight” – adding sugar or milk will counter many of the benefits. If you haven’t tried it, drinking tea without milk and sugar is an acquired taste, and it actually allows the true flavour of the tea to come through; having drunk it like that for many years, personally I can’t drink it any other way, it just doesn’t taste right. To boost the benefits of green tea, and add another healthy flavour, try adding a squirt of lemon juice.
In summary, without getting into the technical jargon, the article and research indicate the following benefits:
- A specific polyphenol (a type of organic chemical) in green tea, known as EGCG, has been shown to shut down the production and spread of tumour cells. It also discourages the growth of the blood vessels that feed tumours.
- Study results also show that EGCG can be helpful for the prevention of arteriosclerosis, cerebral thrombosis, heart attack, and stroke – in part due to its ability to relax your arteries and improve blood flow.
- Besides its beneficial effects on your circulatory system, previous studies have demonstrated that EGCG in particular has a regulatory effect on fat metabolism, thereby increasing fat oxidation and preventing obesity. It can even help improve exercise performance.
- In one study,published in 2005, researchers injected pure EGCG into mice genetically programmed to develop Alzheimer’s; the results showed a decrease of as much as 54 percent in the plaque associated with Alzheimer’s
- The review published in the British Journal of Nutrition in October concluded that long-term tea intake significantly improved blood pressure.
- Drinking three to four cups of green tea daily has been shown to promote heart and cardiovascular health, again courtesy of its ability to relax blood vessels and protect against blood clots.
- Researchers have also discovered that green tea has the potential to enhance the function of your brain, and prevent age-associated brain degeneration.
Green tea catechins (a type of antioxidant) have also been found to:
- Lower breast cancer risk.
- Ease inflammation and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Reduce your risk of autoimmune diseases
- Promote healthy gums
- Improve digestion, and
- Help protect against glaucoma and other eye diseases.
Besides being an excellent source of antioxidants, green tea is also packed with vitamins A, D, E, C, B, B5, H, and K, manganese, and other beneficial minerals such as zinc, chromium, and selenium.
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