|Green Tea for Great
Health - The Borneo Post - NH/16/19
Studies in green tea's value in maintaining good health have been conducted and reported in medical
journals around the world.
GREEN TEA AND CANCER
Of particular interest are the studies, which indicate that green tea helps reduce the risk of cancer. Experts believe that its
powerful antioxidants help to disarm free radicals (highly reactive oxygen compounds that damage healthy cells), which are
believed to contribute to many degenerative diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
The American Journal of Epidemiology
has reported that a study of 35,369 women and their incidence of cancer
during an eight-year period linked regular green tea-drinking with a lower risk of cancers of the
upper digestive tract,
colon and rectum. In Britain, positive results have been attributed to using green tea to combat tumors of the colon, pancreas and breast. It
is interesting to note that the amounts of green tea used were not megodoses, but only about four cups a day.
GREEN TEA AND AGING
Because cancer researchers have concluded that some cancers are the consequence of the accumulation of cell damage often caused
by free radicals, it has been particularly important to discover the antioxidants that can fight these damaging free radicals. Green tea is
loaded with the powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, particularly EGCG, epigallocatechin
gallate, the most powerful. EGCG has the
ability to block the enzyme urokinase, which helps tumors grow by attacking neighboring cells. EGCG effectively destroys urokinase's
ability to destroy good cells. Polyphenol's antioxidant ability helps cell DNA
reproduce itself accurately, rather than in a mutated form,
and Chinese medicines from green polyphenols have long been used to treat nephri tip, hepatitis and even leukemia.
GREEN TEA AND HEART DISEASE
British researchers have discovered that four
five cups of green tea a day might help reduce both high cholesterol and high blood
pressure. Green tea seems to work not only in reducing LDL cholesterol oxidation but also in lowering overall blood cholesterol levels.
Scientists suspect green tea's antioxidants enter the bloodstream, attach themselves to
LDLs, and duplicate the body's own antioxidants
that the LDLs eliminate in the aorta. These positive antioxidants then protect LDLs from oxidation and protect the artery walls from
GREEN TEA FOR WEIGHT LOSS
research is supporting green tea's use as a weight-loss aid. In a double-blind study in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers tested the effects of green tea on 10 healthy men. They randomly gave the men one of three treatments at each meal - green
tea extract (90 mg EGCG and 50 mg caffeine), caffeine (50 mg), or a placebo. After 24 hours, researchers found that only the green tea
extract increased metabolism and energy use.