Is your health being threatened by poor diet and lack of exercise? Are you in less than excellent health or do you suspect your immune system is not up to par? There is a world-wide green tea and health connection research-a-thon in progress. A mountain of data suggests that green tea and health are linked together in many ways.
Green tea benefits are thought to be primarily attributed to the polyphenol compounds in this beverage. Catechins, one of the polyphenols, are proving to be powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals that harm your body. Free radicals promote chronic diseases and a host of other ailments.
There are vast amounts of information available about the types of tea, their different production methods, and their health benefits.
This article is focused on imprinting a picture in your mind. The picture should be a snapshot of how many diseases and health conditions research has shown to be controlled by the antioxidant powers of these catechins found in green tea.
The following clinical research with the polyphenol compounds are examples of the scope and variety of studies that have been done.
- A Chinese study indicated the more green tea consumed, the less the risk of stomach, esophageal, prostate, pancreatic, and colorectal cancer.
- Another study with two cups per day consumption reduced the risk of lung cancer by 18 percent.
- Cleveland’s Western Reserve University concluded that drinking four or more cups of this beverage per day could help prevent rheumatoid arthritis or reduce symptoms in individuals already suffering from the disease.
- Japanese scientists at the Saitama Cancer Research Institute discovered that there were fewer recurrences of breast cancer and the disease spread less quickly in women with a history of drinking five cups or more of this beverage daily.
- Several studies have shown reduced severity of heart disease among men and less clogging of the heart’s blood vessels, especially in women.
- A 1994 published report said that drinking this ancient beverage reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by 60 percent.
- Other research indicated it lowers total cholesterol and improves the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.
- A recent study at the University of Hong Kong found that catechins in this beverage are absorbed by the lens, retina, and other parts of the eye. These absorbed catechins reduced oxidative stress in the eye for up to 20 hours, suggesting that they might be effective in preventing glaucoma or other eye diseases.
This sampling of research data connects the dots between green tea and health. It seems clear that the known antioxidant properties in this tea fight free radicals in the entire body.
Studies from universities world-wide show that the properties in this tea have the potential to control or help prevent many different diseases. I believe the take-away from this is that the relationship of green tea and health improvements are widely recognized.
Do yourself a favor and consider adding green tea with its health-improving powers to your diet. If for some reason the brewing process or the taste is not for you, the antioxidants are still available in an extract of the green leaves. The extract captures the catechins, and is sold in a capsule or as part of a quality nutritional supplement.