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A study of 2,000 Chinese women in March 2012, published in the International Journal Of Cancer, suggested that a diet rich in green tea may help slash the risk of cancer by up to 90 per cent. Green tea plays a significant role in reducing the risk of developing certain cancers thanks to its polyphenols that are effective cancer inhibitors capturing and neutralizing free radicals, before they can damage cells in your body.
According to an article from the journal “Life Science” October 2006, green tea helps prevent several types of cancers such as the skin, the breast, the prostate or the lung…
Heart Health
A study from the American Heart Association showed that drinking green tea three times a day cuts the risk of brain clots by 21% compared with people that are not drinking green tea. Green tea contains catechins and theanins that contribute to prevent blood vessel function and has a positive effect on the brain function reducing blood pressure.
Drinking green tea also reduces the risk of blood clots widening the artery and improves the blood flow around the body.
Live Longer
A 2006 study in Japan that ran over 11 years found that those drinking 5 or more cups of green tea a day had a lower risk of death due to all causes and that this effect was even stronger for women. Men had a 12% lower chance of mortality while women had a 23% lower risk of mortality.
Ease Inflamatory Conditions
According to the “Journal of Nutrition,” in addition to reducing cholesterol absorption, polyphenols have anti-inflammatory effects. Polyphenols such as those found in green tea have numerous positive effects on arterial health. “American Family Physician” adds that green tea consumption is associated with lower risk of heart disease.
More Endurance
A Japanese study on mice found that those who were fed a green tea extract not only lost more weight than those not fed green tea, they were able to increase their endurance by 8-24%. Most benefit was experienced by those who consumed green tea over a long period, suggesting that the age-related decline in endurance performance can be partly ameliorated by green tea consumption.
Boost Immunity
Flavonoids boost the body's immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells. Scientists conducting a study published in the journal “Immunology Letters” showed that EGCG found in green tea was responsible for a significantly higher number and frequency of regulatory T-cells helping to control the immune response. Researchers found a dual role for green tea polyphenols include boosting T-cell production and fighting cellular inflammation.
Protection Against Diabetes
According to a 2007 study conducted by Todd MacKenzie of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Dartmouth Medical School, New Hampshire, green tea is useful in the fight against diabetes because it helps to prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes or slow the progression. The hypoglycemic effect of green tea is largely attributed to polyphenols found in the tea.
Better Skin
A 2006 review of evidence in the "Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry" showed that green tea boots hydration, reduces skin inflammation and the risk of developing skin cancer thanks to its ingredients, including cell-protecting polyphenols. Green tea is made from the unfermented leaves and contains a higher concentration of polyphenols, a type of powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals responsible for altering cells and damaging DNA. Moreover, green tea's antioxidant EGCG protects your skin from ultraviolet radiation and prevents tumors from forming, and according to a 2007 study published in “Cancer Research” green tea boosts the production of chemicals which repair DNA.
Aging Disabilies
Drinking green tea cuts the risk of developing a disability by 25%, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. People who drink at least five cups a day were 33% less likely to develop diseases than other ones drinking less than one cup a day. Green tea represents a boost to health because it contains a high level of polyphenols known to cut cholesterol and protect DNA from aging damage found in much lower levels in coffee or any regular green tea.
Protection Against Stroke
A study from the American Heart Association showed that drinking green tea three times a day cuts the risk of brain clots by 21% compared with people that are not drinking green tea. Green tea contains catechins and theanine that contribute to prevent blood vessel function and has a positive effect on the brain function reducing blood pressure.
Green tea contains a powerful antioxidants called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), reducing the formation of plaque in the brain. This memory-destroying disease is caused by the production of a protein called beta-amyloid, which causes the formation of plaques that clogs the brains of the victims.
Eye Health
Drinking green tea can protect the eyes against disease such as glaucoma. The antioxidants compounds in green tea, such as catechins and theanine, help to improve the eye tissue penetrating it and helping neutralising free radicals that damage the eye molecules. A Chinese study, University of Hong Kong found that the antioxidants from green tea make their way from the gastro-intestinal tract to the cells of the eye. The effect reduced oxidative stress for up to 20 hours.
Oral Health
Green tea can help prevent from teeth and gums diseases according to a study led by the Journal of Periodontology. Drinking green tea helps to reduce the risk of tooth loss by 20% for those who drink at least one cup a day according to a Oshaki Cohort study in Jpaan. The antioxidants in tea, the polyphenols, help destroy the compounds causing tooth decay, bad breath and mouth cancer.
Tiredness and stress
Green tea helps feeling calm and mentally alert without feeling drowsy. A study from the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine found that people drinking up to five cups of tea a day showed less psychological stress than other ones drinking only one cup. Green tea contains an amino-acid called L-theanine which is an anxiety reducer and mood booster that doesn’t make you addictive such as caffeine in coffee. It also contains polyphenols, a type of antioxidants that also combats stress.
Helps Digestion
Green tea drinkers can have a better digestion than the ones who don’t drink it. Green tea compounds stimulate intestinal muscles contractions moving food from the system and the antioxidants it contain help the body function in an efficient way and help clear waste.
Bones Health
A study led by researchers in Hong Kong and published in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that drinking green tea can promote bone growth by up to 79%. This contains a group of chemicals that helps stimulating bone formation and prevents breakdowns. The beverage is recommended to prevent osteoporosis and other bone diseases.
Prostate Cancer Prevention
Green tea helps cause death in cancer cells keeping the other cells healthy. A study of the University of California in Los Angeles found that prostate cancer cells grew more slowly in the men who drank green tea for the previous few days than other ones who didn’t. Green tea stops cancer cells proliferation thanks to important amount of polyphenols according to Dr. Susanne Henning from the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.
HIV Prevention
Drinking green tea could reduce the risk of being infected by HIV according to a study of the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Sheffield. The molecule called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) could help the immune system and stop HIV from affecting the receptors that stimulate immune response.
Helps Reduce ‘bad’ Cholesterol
A recent study found that people who consumed high levels of green tea during three months have seen their cholesterol levels dropped by 2.2mg/Dl. Green tea is very effective in reducing ‘bad’ cholesterol due to its compounds, the catechins and polyphenols, which are very powerful antioxidants.