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What Green Tea Can Do For You

Green Tea

The benefits of green tea have been touted by doctors and green tea drinkers for many years. One look at the grocery shelves shows how popular this tea has become. Once, there were only a few green teas to choose from, and those always had to be brewed; today, however, there are many different brands of green tea as well as pre-brewed bottled versions. A look at the claims of green tea enthusiasts show that it is well worth getting up to speed on the topic, whether or not you ultimately add green tea to your diet.

Researching Green Tea Benefits

Green tea has been studied for many years to determine what, if any, health benefits it offers. The main segments of research have been in the areas of heart disease and cancer. However, it has also been studied, although not as extensively, for other health benefits such as lowering cholesterol, preventing stroke, and possibly preventing or delaying the onset of dementia. Regardless of whether or not the results are complete, one thing has been proven about green tea: it has many antioxidants that are helpful in maintaining a healthy body from the inside out.

Introducing Green Tea’s Beneficial Antioxidants

Antioxidants are chemicals that are able to fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals are the molecules in the body that cause aging, disease, tissue damage, and more. Many free radicals enter the body through pollution in the air, smoking, poisons, and more. Antioxidants neutralize these in the body and prevent them from causing damage. Antioxidants can be found in many foods and supplements, including green tea and even blueberries.

The antioxidants in green tea are catechins. These antioxidants are more concentrated in green tea than other teas because the leaves are not overprocessed. The main catechin, EGCG, is present more abundantly in green tea than in other teas; it is this catechin that has shown promising results in treating cancer, heart disease, and many other health issues. However, research is still necessary to determine why the human body is not able to use all of the EGCG and to find a way to make it more bioavailable (usable by the body). Regardless, even the amounts the body can use are very beneficial.

Green Tea Benefits for Health

Catechins have been shown to be beneficial and can aid in prevention and treatment of many health conditions, which makes green tea the perfect beverage for possibly treating a myriad of conditions.

These and many other health benefits are just a sampling of the benefits doctors and scientists have found in green tea. One thing to remember, however, is that the benefits do not come from having an occasional glass of green tea; it is from continual consumption of tea on a regular basis.

Forms of Green Tea

If you want to reap the health benefits from green tea, but you do not like the taste, you can go to your local pharmacy or health food store and purchase green tea in a capsule. These capsules are extracts of green tea and have the same antioxidants and catechins that are in the beverage. You do need to make sure you are purchasing a top-quality product and not one that has added ingredients. Look for pure green tea extracts, and you will have the best for your health.

Tea Time

Now that you know how green tea can benefit your health and possibly even be your fountain of youth, set yourself up with a tea time and reap the benefits for yourself.

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