Green tea is a very healthy beverage full of antioxidants, anti inflammation compounds and other nutrients. It comes from a plant called camellia sinensis originally found in the warmer climates of East Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Next to water, green tea is the most consumed drink worldwide. It has a polyphenol called EGCG as one of its major components. EGCG, a catechin of green tea, is the most researched and thought to have the most health benefits.
Some Green Tea Health Benefits
- boosts the immune system
- promotes brain health
- supports heart health
- increases weight loss
- lowers inflammation
- helps reduce cell damage
- enhances cell health
- improve skin health
- regulates insulin and blood sugar levels
Boots the Immune System
Having more polyphenyl antioxidants in the body boosts the immune system and lessens the effects of oxidative stress in the brain and heart. This compares to slowing down the browning of an apple. Many athletes use green tea in season and off just to keep their body healthy and lessen colds and flu like symptoms. Also, ECGC regulates the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) that causes inflammation. TNF is an inflammatory cytokine reaction of the immune system.
Promotes Brain Health
ECGC promotes brain health by protecting brain cells from oxidative stress and heavy metals. Green tea extract also has been shown to help memory by improving the connectivity of brain cells.
Supports Heart Health
Green tea supports heart health. ECGC reduces risk factors for heart disease such oxidative stress that increases fat build up in the blood, inflammation of arteries and lowering blood pressure.
Increases Weight Loss
By consuming green tea and green tea extracts some studies say thermogenesis, the process by which the body burns calories to digest food, is increased up to 33%. Weight loss is naturally boosted with the catechins and caffeine found in ECGC. It increases fat burning longterm and fat oxidation while inhibiting fat cell development.
ECGC has anti-inflammatory compounds that regulate digestive and bowel movements. Green tea extract also lowers inflammation and oxidative stress in some liver diseases.
Helps Reduce Cell Damage
Professional athletes, bodybuilders, and nutritional expert’s all have made green tea a part of their diets. The antioxidants in ECGC helps reduce cell damage due to exercise.
Enhances Cell Health
ECGC enhances cell health by supporting cell reproduction and death (apoptosis) which can aid in decreasing some cancers. The antioxidants found in green tea can lessen the free radicals that can cause uncontrolled growth of cancer cells. Studies have been conducted that show green tea lessens the following cancers: bladder, cervical, breast, lung, Esophageal, Colorectal, osteosarcoma; pancreatic, prostate, skin, and stomach cancer; and leukemia. (1)
Improves Skin Health
Green tea can either be used as a supplement or topically to improve skin health.
Regulates Insulin and Blood Sugar Levels
ECGC has a positive effect on the regulation of insulin and lowers blood sugar levels.
Green tea can be added to your diet easily in capsules (usually more powerful than drinking a cup of tea), liquid or powder form. Recommended dose is 250-500 mg a day. Whether you drink green tea or supplement with green tea extract, you should experience some of its health benefits such as decreased inflammation, shielding against carcinogenics, increased antioxidants, and protection against oxidative stress.