Longevity: Live Longer with Green Tea Health Benefits
Green Tea Increases Life Expectancy: Why the Japanese Live Longer
Study: A National Cohort study monitored 40,000 participants between the ages of 40 to 79. These participants were free of heart disease, cancer and stroke. Monitoring and data was collected for 11 years. The primary collection of data monitored green tea consumption and cause of death. The majority of the participants drank about 5 cups of green tea on a daily basis.
- The participants which consumed the highest amount of green tea, daily, were less likely to have died from cancer, stroke or cardiovascular disease.
- The female participants showed greater longevity.
Green Tea and a Longer Life
Green tea has been consumed in Asia on a regular basis for many generations. The Asian population has been shown to have a longer life expectancy than their non green tea drinking neighbors. There have been a variety of studies researching the health benefits of green tea. Green tea has been found to prevent:
- cardiovascular disease
- Parkinson's Disease
All of these illnesses and disease can greatly impact one's life expectancy.
Another added benefit of green tea is its lack of toxicity. This is to say, its regular consumption does not cause inadvertent toxins to build up and negatively affect body functions and cells.
What is Longevity?
Longevity basically means, long life. However, when speaking about health and nutrition, it also entails good health, a strong immune system, a body free of disorders, illness and disease. All of these elements together would provide one with a long and healthy life filled with energy, cognition, overall clarity and a genuine sense of well-being.
Health Benefits of Matcha: Powdered Green Tea: Matcha is a strong form of green tea. Instead of being brewed in tea bags, the whole leaf is consumed. This is because matcha is prepared from powdered green tea leaves. Matcha is said to be ten times stronger than regular green tea.
The beauty of matcha is that it can be used in a variety of recipes. Including baked goods, sauces and cocktails.
Interesting Findings and Facts about Green Tea
Green tea has been identified as being: antiviral and antibacterial
Green tea has been found to prevent cardiovascular death: A green tea study suggests that regular green tea consumers (those that drink several cups a day) avoided the development of cardiovascular diseases and therefore, prolonged their life.
Cancer: Positive outcomes in green tea studies show regular consumers of green tea have greater cancer protection than non green tea drinkers.
- Green tea is rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols such as catechins, are known to be potent antioxidants. A commonly known catechin is Epigallocatechin gallate.
- Epigallocatechin gallate is often referred to as EGCG. EGCG is vital to maintaing and promoting good health.
- EGCG blocks certain cancers. Green tea contains significant levels of EGCG.
- EGCG has been found to intervene in preventing cancerous cell growths in cancers of the breast, pancreas, mouth, colon and prostate.
The common cold and influenza: Green tea drinkers have a greater resistance to the influenza virus and the symptoms related to the common cold and the flu. This is most likely due to an improved immunity.
Cholesterol: Green tea has shown positive results in reducing bad cholesterol levels.
Cardiovascular Health: The EGCG in green tea has improved cardiovascular health by positively affecting issues such as: inflammation of blood vessels, factors affecting arteriosclerosis, blood flow, platelet function and improved levels of cholesterol.
Diabetes and Obesity: Patients that have been long term drinkers of green tea tend to have lower body fat, have a smaller waistline and are less susceptible to being diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. A reduction of belly fat reduces the risk of developing diabetes and insulin resistance.
Catechins and Brain Cells: Catechins (EGCG) are the antioxidants that have shown impressive outcomes in improving health and maintaining healthy functions in the brain and heart. Promising research shows the catechins in green tea may help stop the cognitive decline found in Alzheimer's. The mice that were repeatedly fed green tea had significantly better cognitive function and memory. Impressively, brain atrophy was also suppressed in the tea group. It is not clear if the catechins are the sole reason for the positive effects or if other ingredients in green tea also play a role in maintaining cognitive function.
Green Tea Consumption and Mortality Due to Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, and All Causes in Japan, JAMA, Sept. 2006
A New Function of Green Tea: Prevention of Lifestyle-related Diseases, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Jan. 2006
Antioxidative Activity of Green Tea Polyphenol in Cholesterol-Fed Rats, Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry, May, 2002
Daily consumption of Green Tea Catechin delays Memory regression in Aged Mice, Biogerontology, 2007
Disclaimer: Information in this hub is research based. The author is not a physician and does not diagnose or treat health issues. The information provided in this hub should not be construed as personal medical advice or instruction. Please consult a physician for medical and dietary advice.
© 2012 Marisa Hammond Olivares