Green Tea – Bursting with Health Benefits!
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on July 26, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Everyday our bodies are exposed to the damaging effects of free radicals – unstable molecules created when we are exposed to pollution, cigarette smoke, stress and other toxins. Even the emotional stress associated with our hectic, fast-paced lives has been shown to tip the balance in favor of free radicals. These byproducts of oxygen metabolism cause major damage to the cells in our bodies, and are a major contributing factor to the aging process and chronic disease.
To counter the harmful effects of free radicals, Nature gives us protective antioxidants which have the ability to neutralize free radicals. One of the most powerful sources of antioxidants is Green Tea. Popular in Japan and China for thousands of years, Green Tea is rich in polyphenols, and one group in particular called catechins. Catechins are 40 to 200 times more effective at destroying free radicals than vitamins A, C, or E and include several different types.
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most abundant and scientifically reviewed of the catechins. By virtue of its antioxidant effects, EGCG has been shown to exert a number of beneficial actions including:
• Reducing inflammation
• Normalizing cell and tissue functions
• Promoting cardiovascular health
• Normalizing blood glucose
• Boosting metabolism and burning fat
• Naturally supports detoxification and the elimination of toxic substances
For more information on Green Tea or to purchase Green Tea (concentrated tincture extract) from Natural Wellbeing
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan