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Health Benefits of Green Tea

Updated on February 22, 2013

Some health benefits of green tea are...

  • Green tea may have more health benefits than black tea because green tea is dried instead of fermented like black tea. The fermentation process destroys certain beneficial polyphenols.
  • CBS's The Early Show mentions ...

"Researchers in Japan conducted a study of 40,000 people ages 40-79. They followed people over 11 years and found that people who consume five or more cups of green tea a day, were 16 percent less likely to die from anything during that time compared to people who drink one cup a day."[4]

  • Some mice studies are finding that green tea catechins may be good for the brain by preventing oxidative damage of brain cells.[3]

The book The Chemistry of Calmsays ...

"Make pure water your main beverage. ... If you like green tea, you can drink it throughout the day." [page 69-70]

Unsweetened green tea can contain zero sugar. Its health benefit comes from its antioxidant capabilities. Green tea contains catechins such as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which inhibits cancer growth. Green tea is also good for the heart since it helps dilate blood vessels.

In his talk about nutrition and cancer, Dr. Donald Abrams says he drinks 4 cups of green tea each day. See video above.

Although green tea has relatively low caffeine as compared to coffee. If you are concerned about caffeine, don't drink green tea before bed so as to not affect your sleep.

Anti-Cancer Potential of Green Tea

Some teas has anti-cancer potential and the benefits may be greater in green tea than in black. An article on Health24.com says,

"The health benefits of tea, ranging from a lower risk of certain cancers to weight loss, and protection against Alzheimer's, have been linked to the polyphenol content of the tea."[1]

Other articles such as on GreenTeaLibrary also has reported on green tea's anti-cancer potential through its anti-oxidant action, protection against DNA alterations, inhibition of tumor activation, cell cycle arrest, blocking the blood supply, and promoting self-destruction of cancer cells.[2]   The article says...

"Green tea fights cancer at nearly every stage of the cancer process"[2]

It is important to remember that this is not a cure for cancer and one must still follow the advice of your physician.

In addition, there are many books in publication that explain the health benefits of green tea.

In the book SuperFoods Rx, tea was listed as one of the fourteen superfoods.

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    • Dee aka Nonna profile image

      Dee aka Nonna 

      7 years ago

      I happen to like tea, all kinds of teas...green tea is one of my favorites --- I drink a lot of it and it is nice to know that I may be getting some real benefits for it.

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