Benefits of Green Tea

November 24, 2008 by  
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Green tea has been used in China and other parts of the Far East for centuries as a healing food. More recently, Western research has confirmed its many remarkable properties. Green tea is truly a “superfood” and there are many benefits to be derived from consuming it. You can drink green tea, of course; it makes an excellent coffee substitute. Green tea has only about half the caffeine of coffee and is better for you in countless other ways. You can also take green tea leaf extract or other forms of green tea supplements.

 

Anti-Cancer Properties

Green tea has shown promise if preventing, and possibly even curing many types of cancer, including breast, stomach, Ovarian pancreatic, colon and esophagus. The powerful antioxidant epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which apparently inhibits the growth of cancer cells. To give you an idea of how powerful this is, one study found that woman who drank as little as one cup of green tea per day cut their risk of ovarian cancer by 54%, more than half! Another study, done in China, showed that the risk for esophageal cancer in men was reduced by almost 60% by drinking green tea.

 

Good For Cholesterol and the Heart

Lowering cholesterol is another important health concern that green tea can help with. EGCG, in addition to its anti-cancer properties, helps to lower cholesterol and, perhaps even more significantly, improves the ratio of “good” (HDL) to “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. It is believed by many researchers that green tea accounts for the low rate of heart disease among Japanese men, even though the majority of them are smokers.

 

Green Tea for Weight Loss

In addition to promoting general health, green tea is good for people trying to lose weight. It is a healthy and natural stimulant, which makes the body burn fat more efficiently. It may also help to give you more energy to exercise and curb your appetite.

 

Teeth and Gums

As if all the above isn’t enough, green tea is also effective in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Green tea contains catechins, which kill bacteria that cause plaque. You can get this benefit from drinking or otherwise consuming green tea, but it is also used in some toothpastes and mouthwashes for this purpose.

 

Green tea is one of the rare foods that is good for you in almost every way. The only possible “side effect” would be for people who are sensitive to caffeine, though the caffeine content in green tea is not very high compared to coffee or even black tea. If you are very sensitive to caffeine, you may want to consume your green tea before the evening or choose a decaffeinated blend. The benefits to consuming this ancient health tonic are numerous.

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