Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The miracle of green Tea

I am a firm believer of the Ancient Chinese Proverb: "Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one." From the ancient times (4,000 years ago), the Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea that treat everything from headaches to depression. Modern scientific research have demonstrated that the drink has been effective against many kind of diseases, including cancer and cardiac conditions.
Vast amount of literatures exist on the health benefits of green tea. Listed below are few I rememebered (but sorry I can't find original links).
1) in 1994, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published an article indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly 60%.
2) University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
3) there is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.
What makes green tea so special? The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.
In addition, the great news also hold for 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. Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay. Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea - from deodorants to creams - are starting to appear on the market.


Catita said...

Very good article.
Thanks so much

qfunk said...

awesome info... my mom has done a 3 year degree program on ayurveda and natural therapies... this is the first time i 've come across detailed scientific explanations for the same...thanx

another_little_darlin said...

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Earnest said...

It's nice to know that such a plasant drink is actually good for the self.


z4yd said...

Thats pretty amazing, i'm glad i drink alot of it :P

kat said...

I love green tea. Whats the best way to sweeten it? I usually use stevia. Are its beneficial properties diluted or cancelled by sweetening it?

theeaz said...

if I drink it with sugar, could I still get the same benefit of drinking it ? which one is better, drinking it with sugar or without sugar ?
I'm from Indonesia, so sorry if my English is bad. Can it help prevent / heal any kind of tumor / cancer ?

Rhodent said...

Can you offer any dietary suggestions for someone who has hepatitis C? I have a friend who has it and is undergoing treatment AGAIN. He is already skin and bones and I have doubts he will be able to make it through the treatment. He has a very difficult time eating due to the nausea. He contracted the problem from contaminated blood during stomach durgery a number of years ago. Sad, sad, sad... Anyway, if you were to suggest something htat might be helpful... if nothing else, at least to keep his strength up so he can stand the treatments.