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Announcement: A Cup of Green Tea and Its Amazing Polyphenols

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

                                               ~ (Ancient Chinese Proverb)



A cup of green tea.
One of life’s basic pleasures. People have been enjoying the taste and health benefits of tea for thousands of years. Tea was first cultivated by India and China but is now consumed around the world and is second only to water. It is grown around the world in tropical and sub tropical locations but is native to Southeast Asia. Camellia sinensis – green tea’s scientific plant name – comes from a type of evergreen shrub or laurel tree. The leaf buds and leaves are the parts used to make the tea. Plants have always been used in traditional Chinese medicine and now the Western medical community is taking notice. Can the claim be made that green tea heals?
A cup of green tea.
There is an entire science surrounding this basic and simple beverage. Tea has been touted as being the magic cure-all for everything, especially the green variety. It is said to hold curative properties for human illnesses and preventive health. There is proven truth to many of the claims and the jury is still out on many others. There are still studies to be done and analyzed but the ones that are completed paint a fairly impressive picture of the powerful benefits of this powerful tea.
Many of these medical headlines do have merit. The majority of the therapeutic health benefits attributed to the tea are due to the polyphenols, the potent anti-oxidant compounds found in it. Polyphenols contained in teas are classified as catechins. There are six primary catechin compounds found in the green version of the tea: catechin, gallaogatechin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, and apigallocatechin gallate (also known as EGCG). EGCG is the most studied polyphenol component in green tea and also the most active. Catechins are present in nearly all teas made from Camellia sinensis including white tea, green tea, black tea and Oolong tea. 
The National Cancer Institute has ongoing clinical trials on the health impact that this tea can offer in the fight against skin cancer. Two current studies are testing to see the effects of a green tea pill on sun-induced skin damage and another is making a determination whether a topical application shrinks pre-cancerous skin changes. These scientific studies suggest that EGCG and green tea polyphenols have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent the onset and growth of skin tumors. The catechins have a strong antibiotic effect and play a role is disrupting the replication of the DNA in bacteria. In in-vitro experiments the EGCG was able to reverse methicillin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. This could prove to be a treatment for such resistant bacteria.
There is another clinical study through the National Institute of Health to determine the effect of the tea as an extract in preventing cervical cancer in patients with Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Dental caries, dental plaque formation and bad breath – which are bacterial infections – have been treated successfully with green tea. Aside from being a powerful antioxidant, green tea promotes healthy cholesterol, healthy blood pressure, good blood sugar and a healthy metabolism, cardiovascular health, younger looking skin, digestive health, and energy.
One of the more recent claims that has much interest is that green tea promotes weight loss and acts as a diuretic. As powerful as this tea appears to be, it is best to take a precautionary approach. With any herbal or plant based supplement there could be interactions with medications being taken so it is always advised to consult with your physician before implementing any dietary changes that include green tea beverages or its supplement and extract forms. People with heart problems, kidney disorders, stomach ulcers, and psychological disorders (particularly anxiety) should not take green tea. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also avoid this tea.
A cup of green tea.
Who knew? Can the claim be made that green tea heals? It may be the new powerhouse miracle that could prove to change lives and improve health just as penicillin or the invention of aspirin. Something so simple yet so promising.


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7 Reasons to Drink Green Tea and Can a 12 year old kid drink GREEN TEA?

7 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

The steady stream of good news about green tea is getting so hard to ignore that even java junkies are beginning to sip mugs of the deceptively delicate brew. You’d think the daily dose of disease-fighting, inflammation-squelching antioxidants–long linked with heart protection–would be enough incentive, but wait, there’s more! Lots more.


Several polyphenols – the potent antioxidants green tea’s famous for – seem to help keep cancer cells from gaining a foothold in the body, by discouraging their growth and then squelching the creation of new blood vessels that tumors need to thrive. Study after study has found that people who regularly drink green tea reduce their risk of breast, stomach, esophagus, colon, and/or prostate cancer.


Got a cut, scrape, or bite, and a little leftover green tea? Soak a cotton pad in it. The tea is a natural antiseptic that relieves itching and swelling. Try it on inflamed breakouts and blemishes, sunburns, even puffy eyelids. And that’s not all. In the lab, green tea helps block sun-triggered skin cancer, whether you drink it or apply it directly to the skin – which is why you’re seeing green tea in more and more sunscreens and moisturizers.


Having healthy blood pressure – meaning below 120/80 – is one thing. Keeping it that way is quite another. But people who sip just half a cup a day are almost 50 percent less likely to wind up with hypertension than non-drinkers. Credit goes to the polyphenols again (especially one known as ECGC). They help keep blood vessels from contracting and raising blood pressure.


Green tea may also keep the brain from turning fuzzy. Getting-up-there adults who drink at least two cups a day are half as likely to develop cognitive problems as those who drink less. Why? It appears that the tea’s big dose of antioxidants fights the free-radical damage to brain nerves seen in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.


The younger and healthier your arteries are, the younger and healthier you are. So fight plaque build-up in your blood vessels, which ups the risk of heart disease and stroke, adds years to your biological age (or RealAge), and saps your energy too. How much green tea does this vital job take? About 10 ounces a day, which also deters your body from absorbing artery-clogging fat and cholesterol.


Oh yeah, one more thing. Turns out that green tea speeds up your body’s calorie-burning process (metabolism). In the ‘every-little-bit-counts’ department, this is good news!

I got this article from Yahoo Health or some category of Yahoos! I recently can’t remember it…… Can a 12 year old kid drinks GREEN TEA?  means rarely?? Please tell me how often? THANK YOU VERY MUCH, RABIA 🙂 actually I am12 & was very curious after reading this article…….but then I thought it can be injurious to me! Actually I still did not get what I want to know….. CAN A 12 YR KID DRINK GREEN TEA? IF SO, THEN HOW MANY TIMES A DAY, WEEK?

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Green Tea: The Japanese Secret to Weight Loss and Longevity – EGCG


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http://naturalhealthsherpa.com/green-tea-japanese-secret-weight-loss-longevity/52450 – The Japanese have for centuries consumed this beverage to help keep them slim, fit and young. Discover the amazing health benefits of this delicious treat now.

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Green Tea for Skin Care and Acne

How long does it take for green tea to make differences on my skin?  Also, what does it do to it? (as in the health benefits) and how long does it take to cure acne? What other things can I use it for on my face? How am I supposed to use it? Do I take the tea leaves out of the bag and rub it on my face? Do I wash it off? Does it dry out my face?  How long does green tea take to work?


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Green Tea and the Miracle of Polyphenols

Over the last decade or so, you have no doubt been witnessing the proliferation of green tea products on grocery shelves, in health food stores, and in the vast amount of content written on the subject. For your benefit, this article will serve to summarize, in regular folk-speak, why an obscure, polyphenol-laden, plant leaf, discovered thousands of years ago in China, has suddenly become the health miracle of the new millennium.

While tea has long been known to be a healthier alternative to the daily drink preferences of today such as coffee, sports and energy drinks and sugar-laden soda, green tea is relatively new on the scene. Widely published studies on green tea and its remarkable healing properties have catapulted it to near miracle status as a drink alternative as well as an herbal supplement.

At the heart of this beverage are health and healing properties called Polyphenols. Found in green tea are these powerful chemicals that have potent antioxidant properties which, according to studies, far exceed the antioxidant effects of Vitamin C. Evidence indicates that just one cup of green tea packs more punch than single servings of antioxidant powerhouses such as broccoli and spinach.

Just What Does a Polyphenol Do Anyway?

Without getting deep into the weeds on this, it is important to know that your body, through both natural processes (breathing) and unnatural processes (i.e., smoking, stress, weight gain, excessive sun exposure), produces something called free radicals. While naturally produced free radicals have a healthy function in cell growth, those that are generated from unhealthy sources have been found to damage your body’s cells which, in some cases, can lead to disease such as cancer.

Antioxidants are your body’s defenses against renegade free radicals and, when in plentiful supply, can neutralize their potential damaging effects. Antioxidants are found in many different food and nutritional sources. Plant-based antioxidants, or polyphenols, are considered to be the best source for optimum protection against free radicals.

The science is pretty well settled that, through a steady diet of antioxidant rich foods, will produce long lasting health benefits through disease prevention. Occurrences of incurable or life threatening diseases such as cancer, diabetes, HIV, obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s have been significantly reduced among populations rich in polyphenol sources.

Green tea is also known to eliminate bad breath, excess fat and acne. With so many options – bottled cold, tea bags or even green tea capsules – why wouldn’t you add it to your diet regimen and reap the health benefits of the polyphenol miracle?

Adding green tea to your diet may be a good step toward healthier living. Combined with a commitment to an exercise program and healthy food choices will give you the best possible chance at reaching your personal health goals whether it be weight loss or just feeling better.

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