The Power of Green Tea

 

Green Tea’s Powerful Antioxidants

Green tea’s antioxidants, called catechins, scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA and contribute to cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis. Grapes and berries, red wine, and dark chocolate also have potent antioxidants.

Because of green tea’s minimal processing — its leaves are withered and steamed, not fermented like black and oolong teas — green tea’s unique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), are more concentrated.

But there’s still a question of how much green tea you need to drink to reap its health benefits. EGCG is not readily “available” to the body; in other words, EGCG is not always fully used by the body.

“We must overcome the issue of poor bioavailability [and other issues] in order to get the most out of their benefits,” says Tak-Hang Chan, PhD, professor emeritus in the department of chemistry at McGill University in Montreal. Chan has studied the use of a synthetic form of EGCG in shrinking prostate cancer tumors in mice, with success.

Read more from Web MD: http://bit.ly/NQjluA

 

Green Tea May Help Prevent Cancer

Green tea is a drink made from the steamed and dried leaves of the Camellia sinesis plant, a shrub native to Asia.  Compounds taken from green tea can be useful in humans. Some researchers believe green tea may protect against certain types of cancer because it contains antioxidants.  Many laboratory studies have shown green tea acts against cancer cells in cell cultures Some reports indicate green tea may have the ability to help prevent cancers of the skin, esophagus, stomach, colon, pancreas, lung, bladder, prostate, and breast.

Read more from the American Cancer Society: http://bit.ly/LoKHZg

 

Green Tea May Support Weight Loss

Consuming green tea as part of a healthy diet can help, as the chemicals in green tea may boost metabolism. In a small study, green tea appeared to raise metabolic rates and speed up fat oxidation. “Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se,” says Abdul G. Dulloo, a researcher at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and lead author of the study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Thermogenesis is the calories the body burns while digesting and absorbing food as it’s being eaten.

Read more from Web MD: http://bit.ly/LN97QJ

 

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