Although tea drinking has been associated with health benefits for centuries, only in recent years has its medicinal properties been investigated scientifically.
Wellness In A Kettle
Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals — damaging compounds in the body that alter cells, tamper with DNA (genetic material), and even cause cell death…Many scientists believe that free radicals contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health problems, including cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants such as polyphenols in green tea can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause. (Source: Green Living Ideas)
Tea's health benefits are largely due to its high content of flavonoids — plant-derived compounds that are antioxidants. Green tea is the best food source of a group called catechins. In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties. Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.
EGCG is one of the most potent antioxidants in Green Tea. According to the American Chemical Society, EGCG proved to be 100 times more effective in neutralizing free radicals than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than vitamin E.
The Benefits of Tea are Numerous
Additional benefits for regular consumers of green and black teas include a reduced risk for heart disease. The antioxidants in green and black teas can help block the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase HDL (good) cholesterol and improve artery function. Read related article -
The Acclaimed Benefits of Green Tea
Catechins in Green tea serve as antioxidants, which remove free radicals, help prevent and slow down tumor formation and help prevent heart disease by repressing LDL cholesterol levels, easing hypertension.
Catechins are helpful for dieters as they promote neutral fat and carbohydrate metabolism. They also help prevent allergic reactions by retarding histamine release. Overall, green tea help fight against arteriosclerosis, hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, tumors, infectious disease, and aging.
Green Tea contains fluoride and is known to help prevent cavities and tooth decay, strengthen bones. It kills bacteria which causes gum disease and gingivitis.
Other acclaimed benefits include aiding digestion, blood purification, boost immune system, enhance heart function, suppress aging, deter food poisoning, lower blood sugar levels and fight viruses.