Are there any other food or drink reported as much as the health benefits of green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it for everything from headaches to depression treatment.
Currently, research in Asia and the west provides strong evidence for health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. Researchers from Purdue University recently concluded that compounds in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea in total cholesterol, and increase the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol (LDL) cholesterol decreased.
* Rheumatoid arthritis
* High cholesterol
* Cariovascular disease
What makes green tea so special?
The secret of green tea lies in the fact that rich catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, kill cancer cells without damaging healthy tissue. It is also effective in lowering LDL cholesterol, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the major cause of heart attacks and strokes.
Links are made between the effects of drinking green tea and the "French Paradox." For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite eating a diet high in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer seems to lie in red wine, resveratrol, a polyphenol that the negative effects of smoking and dietary fat contains limited.
New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November 1999, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of research at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. The researchers found that men who received the combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.
Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! As bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, can also kill bacteria that cause dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea - from deodorants to creams - began to appear on the market.
For now, the only negative 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 about 30-60 mg. caffeine in 6-8 ounces of tea, compared with more than one hundred mg. In eight grams of coffee