There are four primary polyphenols in green tea and they are often collectively referred to as catechins. Powerful antioxidants, catechins have been shown in recent studies to fight viruses, slow aging, and have a beneficial effect on health. Clinical tests have shown that green tea catechins destroy free radicals and have far-reaching positive effects on the entire body. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules and fragments of molecules that can damage the body at the cellular level leaving the body susceptible to cancer, heart disease and other degenerative diseases.
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant found in green tea, is at least 100 more times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than vitamin E at protecting cells and DNA from damage believed to be linked to cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses. This antioxidant has twice the benefits of resveratrol, found in red wine.
Green tea polyphenols and polysaccharides are effective in lowering blood sugar.
Improves cardiovascular health
Green tea increases the antioxidant capability of your blood, which protects your LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation. Drinking Japanese green tea improves your circulatory system.
There have been many studies that have shown that green tea catechins are effective at preventing cancer. Several researchers in the American clinical nutrition journal say that drinking several cups of tea daily not only prevents cancer, but also has the benefit of reducing several risks such as osteoporosis, hypertension, and diabetes.
When free radicals attack collagen, the skin's structural proten, skin loses its elasticity. Antioxidants including green tea polyphenols protect your skin.
Good for your gums and teeth
Green tea catechins have been tested in Japan and has been shown to prevent periodontal disease. The astringency of green tea and anti-bacterial qualities make green tea beneficial to oral hygiene.
Improves memory and cognition
Most people experience some decline in memory as they get older. Brain cells become damaged because of free radicals. Antioxidants- including the green tea polyphenol EGCG- are a great way to protect brain cells from free radical attacks and improve memory and cognition. Studies at the Science University of Tokyo have shown EGCG is very effective.
Several recent studies in Japan have suggested that tea is beneficial for reducing the risk of dementia, particularly improving cognitive function and improving working memory.
In Japan the Journal of the Physiological Anthropology published test results. 18 students tested the relationship between the influence of green tea and stress, and that green tea had the effect of reducing stress. Green tea contains L-theanine which is a potent amino acid that relieves stress.
High grade green teas contain more polyphenols than ordinary teas. They are also delicious! Unfermented green tea leaves are the least processed form of tea. Drinking green tea from 100% quality tea leaves is the natural way to obtain these health benefits.