The Many Health Benefits of Green Tea

by Mel on September 23, 2014

“Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.”

-Ancient Chinese Proverb

 

The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. Today, scientific research in both Asia and in western culture is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. Here are a few reasons that may be a reason to start:

 

It Boosts Your Immune System. Green tea boosts the number of regulatory T cells in the body, which are important for the immune system. This could provide an easy and safe way to help control autoimmune problems and address various diseases within the body.

May Lower Risk Of Heart Disease. Drinking three or more cups of green tea per day is linked with lowering your risk of coronary heart disease, potentially because of the amount of antioxidants found in tea.

Could Shrink Tumors. Researchers in Scotland have found that applying a compound in green tea shrinks tumors in lab tests. Extracts from green tea applied to the tumor daily have reduced the size of many tumors, in some cases removing them altogether.

Potential Prostate Cancer Treatment. Combined with radioactive gold, green tea was a delivery mechanism to fight prostate cancer at a study conducted by the University of Missouri. The gold was then able to kill the cancer cells. The research, showed that this method was able to reduce tumor size by 80 percent in mice. Who knew that green tea and gold could be so powerful against cancer?

Boost Functioning In Old Age. A research study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that adults over the age of 65 experienced better functioning for basic activities like bathing or dressing. The research, which included 14,000 adults over a three-year period, showed that those who drank the most green tea had the best functioning in old age compared with those who drank the least. Green tea consumption is significantly associated with a lower risk of incident functional disability, even after adjustment for possible confounding factors.

Aids Weight Loss. Drinking green tea could help you reach your weight loss goals, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers found that drinking five cups a day is linked with weight loss, particularly in decreasing belly fat.

In order to burn fat, it must first be broken down in the fat cell and moved into the bloodstream. The active compounds in green tea can aid in this process by boosting the effects of some fat burning hormones. The main antioxidant in tea, EGCG, can help inhibit an enzyme that breaks down the hormone norepinephrine.

When this enzyme is inhibited, the amount of norepinephrine increases. This hormone is used by the nervous system as a signal to the fat cells, telling them to break down fat. Therefore, more norepinephrine leads to a stronger signal being sent to the fat cell and more fat gets broken down.

Mel

Mel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I always look forward to expressive my passions in life to others and helping people make lasting changes. I live a busy life like the rest of us with kids, work, and everything else that can get in the way. Making time for exercise, and making good decisions about what we eat can often be a challenge. We sometimes lack the motivation and momentum to make lasting changes in our lives. I've been fortunate enough to really get my life in order and have some simple strategies to help you do the same. Mel's favorite product is Garcinia Cambogia 1234
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