Thursday, April 21, 2011

Green Tea Revealed

What’s so good about this stuff?

By word of mouth I’ve always heard that green tea was some sort of miracle substance; but never really sure why. I conducted some research and here’s what I found:

  • Cancer Fighting and Immune System Support:
Green tea contains polyphenols called catechins; a strong antioxidants. Catechins inhibit the growth and reproduction of certain cancerous cells. Studies have shown green tea to help prevent: bladder, colon, esophagus, pancreas, rectum and stomach cancers. These polyphenols also help protect our cells from daily oxidative stress; increasing the strength of our immune system.

  • Lowers the Risk of Strokes and Blood Clots:
Green tea helps to decrease the development of fibrinogen in the body. Overproduction of fibrinogen in the arties leads to strokes and blood clots; blood clots disrupt efficient blood circulation in the body; leading to tingling numbness or loss of strength.

  • Stimulates the Metabolism:
Green tea helps the body detoxify the liver; increasing the body’s efficiency in protein synthesis. Green tea also helps to stabilize the body’s blood sugar levels; resulting in a more stabilized metabolism. The more stabilized the metabolism, the more efficient and quickly it works!

  • Feel Good:
Green tea contains theanine. Theanine triggers the release of dopamine in the body. Dopamine is the body’s feel good hormone! Yes, tea is caffeine but it will not leave you with the post coffee jitters; instead a calm feel good energy.

Who knew one little tea leaf could contain so much?! I don’t know about you but I am definitely adding it to my daily diet.

**Resource: “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth” – Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S

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