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Start Sipping! Benefits of Green Tea That Are Essential For Your Health

In Health on September 28, 2011 at 4:33 am
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People have been talking about green tea benefits for many years now, and with over a decade of research on the health benefits of green tea, it’s easy to see why so many people regularly drink it.  From it’s potential as a cancer cure and fighting off heart disease to lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and strokes–green tea has a lot of use in a healthy, balanced diet.

Green tea’s impact on cancer and heart disease seems very promising, and many people have experienced life changing benefits as a result of taking it daily.  Below is a comprehensive list of benefits you will attain with a regular dose of green tea.
1. Lowers your risk of cancer.  Although the studies of how green tea affects cancerous cells are still infancy, there have been human trails which indicate that it does inhibit cells from developing cancer.  EGCG in green tea regulates and inhibits cancer growth by killing cells that are growing inappropriately.  In Japan, a study of 500 woman with Stage  I and Stage II breast cancer found that increasing their green tea consumption before and after surgery significantly lowered the risk of recurrence.  Another analysis of 22 studies of the correlation between tea and lung cancer concluded that by increasing your intake of green tea by two cups a day may reduce the risk of developing lung cancer by 18%.
2. Boosts your immune system. Research conducted by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2003 revealed that theanine, found in green tea, boosted the activity of the gamma delta T cells that form part of our adaptive and innate immunity.  The study followed a group of coffee drinkers and a group of tea drinkers who each drank 600ml of their drink daily.  Blood samples taken four weeks later quite clearly showed that production of these anti-bacterial proteins were five higher in those drinking tea.
3. Promotes weight loss. Both green tea and green tea extract have been shown to fight obesity and lower LDL cholesterol-both of which ultimately lead to a reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes.  
4. Reduces tooth decay. Antibacterial properties found in green tea are also used by your body to kill the bacteria that causes plaque on your teeth. Research by the Journal of Periodontology has also shown that for every cup of green tea you drink, there is a decrease in indicators for gum disease. Fluoride is also found in green tea which helps to protect against cavities.
5. Reduces and prevents acne. Green tea benefits acne in a number of different ways. It’s antibacterial properties attack and kill the acne bacteria while the anti-inflammatory benefits of green tea reduce the swelling and redness. Antioxidants fight against free radicals which damage the skin and make it more susceptible to acne also help to balance hormone levels to help prevent future breakouts from happening.
6. Slows the aging process to prevent wrinkles. One of the latest benefits of green tea is the effect it has on your skin and the aging process. It is again down to the antioxidants that prevent cell oxidation and damage that can make you look older than you really are. Studies are mixed on this particular green tea benefit as new research has come to light which suggests the full benefits can only be had by applying green tea topically to your skin. However, many people have found that potent green tea extracts do have a positive effect on their skin, leaving it softer, more supply and younger looking.
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