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Have you heard about the health benefits of organic green tea? I had heard about green tea being very good for you, but I didn’t know about some of the others like white tea, Oolong tea, or black tea. They all come from the same plant camellia sinesis. However, the difference between them is how they are processed. Organic green tea is very popular, so I’ll talk about the health benefits associated with it.
Benefits of Green Tea
Let’s get straight into the health benefits of green tea. First, I have to tell you about the active ingredients. Like coffee, green tea contains chlorogenic acid; tea also contains elements known as catechins. They are both antioxidants. Antioxidants protect us by neutralizing the damaging effects of free radicals in our bodies.
Catechins are found in great abundance in the leaves of organic green tea. Another important element in tea is guercetin. It is a powerful antioxidant that can protect you against cancer.
Green Tea and Protection from Cancer
There is a component in green and white tea called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG for short. It is the anti-cancer catechin in tea. Studies have shown that EGCG can help prevent a variety of cancers:
· Breast cancer
· Prostate cancer
· Ovarian cancer
· Lung cancer
Organic Green Tea and Heart Protection
The health properties of the EGCG can improve the blood flow in your arteries and lower blood pressure. The research has shown that it can also reduce atherosclerosis caused by the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol. This disease hardens the arteries because of the plaque build up caused by fat and cholesterol.
Drinking green tea has also been shown to stop collagenase from forming. This is an enzyme that weakens the collagen strength of our blood vessels. The risks of developing hemorrhoids, varicose veins and leg edema are reduced. Organic green tea also protects the heart from cardiac hypertrophy. This condition causes the heart to enlarge, because of hypertension, inflammation and free radical damage.
Organic Tea Protects the Brain
The research shows that EGCG in tea reduces the toxic effects of beta-amyloid. This substance is produced by our brains, but sometimes too much can be produced and our bodies can’t process it. Scientists believe this is what causes Alzheimer’s disease. The beta-amyloid accumulates around the brain. The substance clogs the brain. The EGCG reduces the beta-amyloid and causes it to be non- toxic.
The health benefits I spoke of come primarily from green and white organic teas. There are many more health benefits and I’ll talk about those later. There is one other however I feel I should tell you about now.
Studies done by the Japanese are showing that green tea extract inhibits HIV infection. It prevents the HIV virus from attaching itself to our cells. That’s really great news, don’t you think? The studies on tea are well over a 1,000. I did not include any specific institutions that have conducted studies, because I know you will have no trouble finding the information. Please enjoy your tea.
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