February 28, 2024

The Chinese have known about medicinal green tea benefits since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression.

I originally didn’t like green tea very much but it has certainly grown on me. The big reason that Green tea is really good for you is because they are really high in antioxidants and healing anti inflammation polyphenols.

Green Tea Benefits

In fact, Chinese Green tea benefits have been researched and linked to helping all of the following conditions.

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  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Infection
  • Impaired immune function
  • Cognition
  • Stopping certain neurodegenerative illnesses such as Alzheimers
  • Treating Arthritis
  • Treating MS

Preventing Lowered T-Cells Due To HIV

In lab tests, EGCG, found in green tea, was found to prevent HIV from attacking T-Cells.

Scientists in Japan have found a component of green tea can stop HIV from binding to healthy immune cells, which is how the virus spreads.

Their laboratory tests suggest a chemical called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) protects cells.

Writing in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the scientists said the discovery could lead to new treatments to fight the disease. Although it is not known if this has any effect on humans yet.

Green Tea Benefits – Cancer

For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent.

University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells.

In fact, they said many laboratory studies have demonstrated inhibitory effects of tea preparations and tea polyphenols against tumor formation and growth.

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This inhibitory activity is believed to be mainly due to the antioxidative and possible antiproliferative effects of polyphenolic compounds in green and black tea.

Green Tea Benefits – Weight Loss

New evidence is emerging that green tea benefits can even help dieters.

In November 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.

Green Tea Increases fat oxidation (helps the body use fat as an energy source) and raises metabolism. These are two things that are predictive of loss.

Green Tea Benefits – Teeth and Skin

Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea benefits are shown everywhere – from deodorants to creams – are starting to appear on the market.

Scientists have even discovered that applying green tea to the skin can help cure and prevent some forms of skin cancer and other skin disorders, protect the skin from long- and short-term damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and act as an antibacterial agent when applied to skin infections.

Many of the broad health benefits of green tea are derived from its rich supply of plant nutraceuticals called polyphenols, of which epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most powerful.

A respite for parents of children consuming too many chocolates has reason to cheer up. The consumption of green tea has been linked to reduced incidence of tooth decay.

How Does Green Tea Work?

The secret of green tea benefits lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.

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The reason Green tea & White Tea have more polyphenol antioxidants than other teas is because of the way they are processed.

Preventing the degradation of cell membranes by neutralizing the spread of free radicals (which occurs during the process of oxidation).

The health benefits of these teas are derived from the light processing of the leaves which maintain the ingredients like Catechin that research is now demonstrating to be beneficial.

White & Green tea are often steamed or pan fired rather than being semi-fermented (oolong) or fermented (black tea). Fermentation leaches out some of these beneficial ingredients in the same way that frying food tends to reduce nutrient value that steaming does not.

It should be no surprise that steamed green tea also maintains more of its polyphenol antioxidant profile than pan-fired green tea as well.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected claims of green tea health benefits.

“There is no credible scientific evidence that drinking green tea reduces the risk of heart disease”.
“FDA concludes there is no credible evidence to support qualified health claims for green tea or green tea extract and a reduction of a number of risk factors associated with CVD” (cardiovascular disease).
The FDA previously has said that green tea likely does not reduce breast, prostate or any other type of cancer risk.

In spite of the FDA’s claims, Green Tea’s medicinal benefits have been described for over 1000 years.

The Kissa Yojoki, or Book of Tea written by Zen priest Eisai in 1191, describes how drinking green tea can have a positive effect on the five vital organs, especially the heart.

The book discusses tea’s medicinal qualities which include easing the effects of alcohol, acting as a stimulant, curing blotchiness, quenching thirst, eliminating indigestion, curing beriberi disease, preventing fatigue, and improving urinary and brain function.

Part One also explains the shapes of tea plants, tea flowers and tea leaves and covers how to grow tea plants and process tea leaves.

In Part Two, the book discusses the specific dosage and method required for individual physical ailments. Objectively speaking, skepticism of green tea’s medical benefits would not be the first time an ancient medical remedy practiced successfully in Asia was initially called into question by the Western Medical establishment.

Health Risks of Green Tea

To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine.

However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six – eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.

Avoid drinking green tea or at least talk to your doctor before taking green tea if you have:

  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Nervous disorder

You can see that there is a lot of anecdotal research on this. What is your personal experience with green tea? Do you believe in green tea benefits?

13 thoughts on “Green Tea Benefits for Health

  1. green tea has lots of anti-oxidant that is really needed by our body to combat free radicals-“`

  2. I’ve found one great skin care product which contains green tea extracts. I even reviewed this product, and I’m happy to know that other people knows that green tea is great ingredient.

    Your beauty begins from the inside.

  3. I had no clue that Green Tea contained a component capable of ‘preventing’ the spread of HIV within one’s body. That’s groundbreaking, to say the least. Further testing and studies need to be conducted in order to ascertain whether of not this could be the cure to this epidemic.

  4. I just love Green Tea! Here’s a great way of finding the best tea: First, make sure when you buy your tea, that when the packaging says “ORGANIC”, double check it’s price… if it’s “Organic” and cheap..then it’s not going to taste good.. Second, Alot of the cheaper teas ironically will end up tasting better than the more expensive tea… So I recommend, is write the names down, and research those products in question.. Last but not least! Ask around! Ask your tea drinkin’ friends which teas taste better than others! Because the first thing you need to consider in ANY beverage (especially green tea) is it’s natural taste!

  5. I have been drinking Green Tea as well as white tea for quite a few years now. I feel great enjoy the taste of both of these teas. Of the two white tea has more antioxidents than the geen but they are both so healthy and good for you.

    There are many flavors to try, so enjoy a cup of green or white tea today. If you are trying to lose pur ah is the tea to drink.

  6. Did you know that thyroid health is a concern for nearly 11 million Americans? And, a healthy thyroid supports healthy and cholesterol?

  7. Are there any side effects associated with green tea. I have been drinking it for several days and are experiencing stomach cramps, is this associated?

  8. My doctor gave me green tea two time a day in the afternoon with horse tail…vinegar diluted with water plus olive oil and lemon juice first thing in the morning with any type of berry. I feel great. No pain in my joins. Much stronger. Now I am drinking one teaspoon of organic coconut oil in the morning and at night. Believe me, I feel good.

  9. You know, I am not really sure. I know that my wife has been drinking lots of decaf green tea as well as green tea infused Ginger Ale.

    I think that Green Tea really is good for you and has all the antioxidants that are going to make you more healthy but I am just not too sure about all of these other products that we are going to see all with Green Tea in them but with just little bits of the Green Tea goodness in them.

  10. I am trying to find out if a cream containing green tea would also have caffeine as I am allergic to caffeine.


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