Inhibits the growth of cancer cells. (without harm normal tissue)
Lowers LDL levels
Inhibits the abnormal formation of blood clots. (thrombosis-cause of heart attacks and stroke)
Green Tea vs. Red wine
The French have a lower level of heart disease than the U.S.
Polyphenol limits the negative effects of smoking and having a fatty diet.
Twice as powerful as resveratrol (red wine)
Heart disease in Japan is quite low despite 75 % of the adult population are are smokers.
Green Tea Health Benefits
Green Tea effects on Arthritis
- Finnish study of 6,800 people
drinking could increase risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis but only if you drink >11 cups/day (15 X RA )
Study in mice found the polyphenols prevents the onset of disease. Mice were given either green tea or water. The mice who drank green tea were less likely to develop arthritis and those did had much milder symptoms.
Green Tea effects on Stroke
Study of 550 men revealed that:
Drinking >5 cups tea/day, reduced the like hood of stroke by 69%.
Flavornoids and polyphenols are antioxidants that thought to be beneficial in prevent stroke
Green tea effects on Breast Cancer
Study in Japan (July 2001)
Breast cancer patients drinking >3 cups/day reduced the frequency of recurrence.
Polyphenols are fights breast cancer by clean out toxic free radicals from our bodies .
Study in rates showing those who drank green tea instead of plain water had a reduction in tumor size
- Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Green Tea effects on Skin Cancer
Mice were used and exposed to UV radiation to promote skin cancer. Some of the mice were coated with a cream heavy with caffeine.
These caffeinated mice developed 72 % fewer tumors than those not treated by caffeine
The caffeine did not just prevent the tumors from forming, it actually killed the cancer cells.
There is Limited research into of topical treatments for Humans. (Tea extract of polyphenols). The results are promising.
Green Tea effects on Parkinson’s Disease
A Hawaiian study in May 2000, shown: (30 years)
8,000 Japanese/American men drank >3 cups pf green tea/day were 5 times less likely to develop P.D.
Polyphenols act within the brain to improve the flow of dopamine between portions of the brain.
P.D. is caused by lack of dopamine in one part of the brain . Polyphenols helps prevent the depletion.
Green Tea effects on Bone Health
1200 British women were studied who considered themselves “tea drinkers” had stronger bones than those in the study who did not drink tea.
Tea improves the strength of bones in women. flavonoids and fluoride may be benefitial.
Adding milk to the tea adds an extra calcium boost.
Green Tea Effects on Diabetes
Dutch researchers discovered in Jan, 2004:
Drinking 6 cups/day, reduces chances of developing type II diabetes by 50%
Drinking tea can improve insulin activity up to 15 X
The active compounds could not stay in the body too long. So you would have to drink 8 cups or more of tea every few hours to maintain the benefit.
You should drink tea without milk.
Prevent Tooth Decay!
Just as its bacteria destroying abilities can prevent food poisoning.
Green tea can kill the bacteria that causes dental plague.
Green Tea effects on Liver Disease
A study examined 600 people in May 2004 found:
A link between caffeine intake and a reduced incidence of liver damage
Those who drank larger quantities of green tea were less likely to develop liver disease
The mechanism for this protection is that caffeine blocks a receptor in the liver that may have protective properties.
Weight Loss by Green Tea
University of Geneva found the Catechin may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decreasing body fat.
1210 Epidemiologically samples drank green tea for 3 months or more
Resulted in 19.6 % reducing in BF % and
2.1 % reducing in WHR
Increases noradrenaline which activates of brown fat tissue to fighting white fat located around our waistline, hips and thighs.
- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Nov.1999
Green Tea Increases Metabolic Rate
EGCG is a factor in depressing leptin and other hormone levels burns calories that important in regulating appetite.
In a animal study, rats injected with EGCG, loses up to 21 % of their body weight and consumed 60 % less food after 7 days injections.
- Jennifer Warmer, WebMD Medical news, Jan.2005
Green Tea effects on the Immune System
L-theanine from tea reacts in the liver to create another chemical that is involved in the production of T-Cells
T-cells are a large part of our bodies response mechanism to bacterial infection.
Both black and green tea contains L-theanine
Drink 5 cups/day could markedly improve your bodies response to infectious diseases.
How much green tea should you drink?
Herbs for Health magazine cites a Japanese report stating:
Men drinking 10 cups of green tea/day stayed cancer free for 3 years longer than men drinking <3 cups. (80-100 mg polyphenols/cup)
Clevelands Western Reserve University:
Drinking > 4 cups of green tea /day help prevent rheumatoid arthritis or reduced symptoms in individuals already suffering from the disease.
How many cups/day?
Saltama Cancer Research Institute:
-fewer recurrences of breast cancer and disease spreading less quickly.
University of California, study of cancer preventative qualities of green tea concluded:
You can attain the desired level of polyphenols by > 2 cups /day
Caffeine levels of various beverages (6 oz.)
Coffee 80 mg
Cola 45 mg
Black tea 40 mg
Oolong tea 30 mg
Green tea 20 mg
White tea 15 mg
Decaf tea 5-10 mg
Herbal tea 0 mg
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,1999
University of Geneva in Switzerland
Men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo study.
Only negative report is insomnia due to caffeine
Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee.
8 oz. of coffee contain 100 mg caffeine
8 oz. of green tea contain 30-60 mg caffeine
8 oz. of Beauty infusion green tea contains 18-25 mg caffeine