Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. 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. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol. It has also shown fantastic results in contributing to weight loss and is included in many weight loss formulas.
Green Tea has long been valued in China for its miraculous medicinal properties for the maintenance of good health. It has been said in China "it is better to drink Green Tea than take medicine".
Green Tea has been receiving much attention lately. As a result, we now have many medical reports and studies by accredited institutions concluding that Green Tea does contain many healthful and healing properties. Drinking Green Tea has been shown to provide the human body with numerous health enhancing components. Green Tea contains a very high value of Catechin polyphenols that have antioxidant properties that are known to fight against cancer. In addition, Green Tea provides Polysaccharides, Flavonoids, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C (there's more vitamin "C" in one cup of green tea than in an orange), Vitamin E, R-Amino Butyric Acid and Fluoride in it's natural state.
Recent studies conducted by Dr. Lester Mitscher, medicinal chemistry professor at the University of Kansas, concluded that green tea contains high concentrations of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the strongest antioxidant. EGCG is over 100 times more effective in neutralizing free radicals than vitamin C and 25 times more powerful than vitamin E, which are great antioxidants for preventing cellular damage that leads to certain diseases, especially cancer. EGCG tops other antioxidants, such as butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and resveratol.
Mitscher's comparison of green to Oolong and black tea showed green tea had a superior concentration of ECGC. The fact that processing of green tea is by a steam method is the influencial factor resulting in this diffenence. Although the amount of green tea consuption to prevent degenerative diseases aahs not been extablished, China and Japan have incidence of these type diseases. Most Orientals drink an average of four cups daily, however.
It is my opinion that American diet and life style may have a more negative effect in cellular degeneration compared to Orientals and this is why it may be more challenging to conduct studies properly in the USA. I believe a study should be conducted to identify various life styles to the consumption of green tea.
Did you know that drinking tea can help you lose weight? It's true. Some teas can even help burn fat and calories. A recent scientific study supports green tea's ability to burn fat and increase metabolism. What's more, other studies show that, when combined with other sensible lifestyle choices like maintaining a healthy body weight, both green and black teas can help reduce the risk of heart disease, the #1 health risk for women. There are many flavored and herbla varieties of green tea available which make watching your weight a pure pleasure. Or kick the caffeine with a decaffeinated green tea. Delightful hot or iced, green tea is a delicious way to help lose weight!
Green tea boost your energy level and ability to burn calories with the delicious ruby red grapefruit flavor. This naturally caffeine free combination of key herbs and other ingredients can help your body burn calories more efficiently.