Little Known Health Benefits Of Green Tea

The Chinese have known for quite a long time about the health benefits of green tea. They have used it to cure everything from headaches to depression for over 4,000 years. Modern scientific research has now provided undeniable evidence of the health benefits of drinking green tea.

In 1994 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 60 percent. It has also been discovered that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. It can also help lower cholesterol and improve the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol. In fact, green tea has been found to contribute to the improvement of a number of other medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, infection and impaired immune function.

The science of tea

Green tea contains a very powerful antioxidant called catechin polyphenols, particularly one that is called "epigallocatechin gallate" (EGCG). EGCG is the most prevalent catechin of the several that are in green tea, and appears to inhibit, perhaps even destroy, cancer cells, all without harming and of the healthy surrounding tissue. Catechins in general have also been shown effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. This last property is extremely important, for in the Western world these aberrant clot formations are among the leading causes of both heart attack and stroke.

Another benefit to drinking green tea is that it can even help dieters. Researchers have conducted studies and have found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those only given caffeine with a placebo. It is not a cure-all for the obese, of course, since any effective weight-loss program has to address lifestyle issues, exercise, overall nutrition, metabolism, other medical conditions and so forth. However, as part of an overall plan of nutrition and wellbeing, the role of green tea should not be minimized. It has a range of salutary properties that can be of benefit to just about anyone.

Green tea’s constituents have also been shown to interfere with the DNA chain of bacteria, slowing the rate of infection at the very least and, in the best scenario, actually killing the bacteria. This also applies to the particular bacteria involved in tooth decay and the production of dental plaque. There are so many positive benefits of green tea that it has been called, by some, a "miracle tonic." It is not wise, of course, to pin health hopes on miracles, but that is not necessary in this case as there is ample scientific evidence of the benefits of drinking green tea – or using the products containing its more concentrated extract.

There are now deodorants, lotions, shampoos and creams that are beginning to appear on the market, all made from various preparations and extracts of green tea. In some cases the applications are based on presumptions, that is, the research is ongoing so the number, type and virulence of bacterial infections that are affected by green tea’s components is still being discovered. In the meantime, the antibiotic properties of green tea are being tried out against a whole range of conditions, with varying results. Since the product is a natural foodstuff, there is no reason people cannot try treating other conditions with it, assuming they have done the research and consulted medical professionals about the treatment plan.

How will you use it?

A final consideration, of course, is the amount and frequency of your consumption of this substance, whether as a beverage or a component of a pill, powder or other preparation. To date there have been no negative side affects reported from drinking green tea, so if it were to be analyzed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which it doesn’t because it is not a pharmaceutical product, it would most definitely be considered "safe and effective" for its clinically proven applications.

The only undesirable side effect that green tea may cause is occasional insomnia due to the caffeine that is does contain. However, green tea (like most tea except some "black" varieties) still contains less caffeine than coffee and has many proven and emerging health benefits. Considering the range of positive effects and the complete absence of danger in its use, there is no reason that green tea shouldn’t become a part of most people’s regular diet and wellness plans.

There are many preparations and products to choose from, and the only caveat for buyers is to investigate the manufacturers of the products in which they are interested. The Internet, of course, is the world’s biggest library, and checking out your supplements is a straightforward task. Do not assume anything about any product just because it claims it has green tea extract. Do your homework, take your time and find out what the quality products are before spending your money. When you make the right moves with green tea, you will be glad you did, and it won’t take long to notice the difference, either.

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