Why it works.
Green tea comes from the same plant as black tea. It is a large shrub with evergreen leaves. The leaves are less processed than black leaves so it keeps more of the chemicals of the fresh leaf.
The secret lies in the fact the tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, mostly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant. It inhibits the growth of cancer cells, and kills them without harming healthy tissue. It has also helps to lower LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibits the abnormal formation of blood clots. Reducing your risk of blood clots cuts your risk of heart attack and stroke.
What makes it different from the black variety is the way it is processed. The leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.
The tea has been taken by mouth to:
- Reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease.
- Lower the risk of high blood pressure.
- Lower lipid (cholesterol/fat) blood levels.
- Help prevent dental cavities.
- Help with weight loss.
- Prevent certain types of cancer.
- Improve alertness.
- Treat edema (fluid retention).
- Treat diarrhea and vomiting).
- Treat Crohn's disease.
- It can even help prevent tooth decay!
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Benefits for dieters
New evidence is emerging that it 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.
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.
I got this from the "real age" newsletter as one of their "Tips of the day" I loved it so much I thought I would pass it along to you.
For a green-tea face refresher, soak a cotton ball in green tea (cooled to room temperature), and swab it over your face. Apply antioxidant-rich moisturizer, place cucumber slices over your eyes, and lie down for 15 minutes. Voila -- you've got an instant skin pick-me-up.
Do a allergy test first just in case. Wait 24 hours before applying it to the rest of your face.