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Green Tea Uses – The Extract Appears Even More Helpful to Our Bodies

June 17, 2013
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When my grandfather started rapidly aging I can remember the countless procedures that he had due to him dealing with macular degeneration.  The detachment of the retina can occur later in life and when it starts the entire central field of your peripheral vision starts to go.  It was horrible to watch, and scary to find out that this affliction was probably passed down through his genetics to me.  When I started looking into this unfortunate ailment I was shocked to find that there was a preventative measure I could take to at least slow down the occurrence or possibly improve my chances of living my life without it.  The antioxidant lutein, commonly found in yellow vegetables, is a good start.  However, some of the most protective antioxidant compounds for the retina, and for that matter the entire body, come from green tea extract.
The information I listed below covers a wide range of uses and benefits, however as with all supplements, a little bit goes a long way.  No more than five cups of green tea per day is recommended for anyone, and if you have a deficiency like anemia you certainly should back that off.  You have to source your tea and extract carefully, as I’ve recently seen reports on the internet of high levels of pesticides showing up in cups of tea all over the world.  Here’s a recent article on the subject that takes aim at Lipton, owned by the international conglomerate Unilever. http://english.caixin.com/2012-04-28/100385341.html

The extract of green tea contains something called EGCG or Epigallocatechin gallate.  It is a catechin or type of tannin that comprises between nine to thirteen percent of the tea’s net weight.  Apparently it has the power to latch on to the receptors of cells that have become cancerous and prevent them from communicating with others around them  In essence this means that it may hold the power to thwart the growth of certain tumors.  For more on EGCG look here: http://www.mightyleaf.com/tea-and-health_egcg-catechins-antioxidants-and-green-tea/  I take two capsules per day of the extract not for the slightly higher metabolic enhancement it provides, but to save my eyes and definite damage to the rest of my body I did when I was a smoker.  Hopefully it works!

GREEN TEA OVERVIEW INFORMATION

Green tea is a product made from the Camellia sinensis plant. It can be prepared as a beverage, which can have some health effects. Or an “extract” can be made from the leaves to use as medicine.

Green tea is used to improve mental alertness and thinking.

It is also used for weight loss and to treat stomach disorders, vomitingdiarrhea,headaches, bone loss (osteoporosis), and solid tumor cancers.

Some people use green tea to prevent various cancers, including breast cancer,prostate cancercolon cancer, gastric cancerlung cancer, solid tumor cancers andskin cancer related to exposure to sunlight. Some women use green tea to fight human papilloma virus (HPV), which can cause genital warts, the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix (cervical dysplasia), and cervical cancer.

Green tea is also used for Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diseases of theheart and blood vessels, diabeteslow blood pressurechronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), dental cavities (caries), kidney stones, and skin damage.

Instead of drinking green tea, some people apply green tea bags to their skin to soothe sunburn and prevent skin cancer due to sun exposure. Green tea bags are also used to decrease puffiness under the eyes, as a compress for tired eyes or headache, and to stop gums from bleeding after a tooth is pulled.

Green tea in candy is used for gum disease.

Green tea is used in an ointment for genital warts. Do not confuse green tea with oolong tea or black tea. Oolong tea and black tea are made from the same plant leaves used to make green tea, but they are prepared differently and have different medicinal effects. Green tea is not fermented at all. Oolong tea is partially fermented, and black tea is fully fermented.

How does it work?

The useful parts of green tea are the leaf bud, leaf, and stem. Green tea is not fermented and is produced by steaming fresh leaves at high temperatures. During this process, it is able to maintain important molecules called polyphenols, which seem to be responsible for many of the benefits of green tea.

Polyphenols might be able to prevent inflammation and swelling, protect cartilage between the bones, and lessen joint degeneration. They also seem to be able to fight human papilloma virus (HPV) infections and reduce the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix (cervical dysplasia). Research cannot yet explain how this works.

Green tea contains 2% to 4% caffeine, which affects thinking and alertness, increases urine output, and may improve the function of brain messengers important in Parkinson’s disease. Caffeine is thought to stimulate the nervous system, heart, and muscles by increasing the release of certain chemicals in the brain called “neurotransmitters.”

Antioxidants and other substances in green tea might help protect the heart and blood vessels.

One Comment
  1. I have read this post that gives us information about the benefits of Green Tea for our body. It helps to secure our body from different type of cancers and many other diseases. I have also know that it is also gives our body freshness.

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