Green Tea – Goodness in a Cup
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on September 30, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
To counter the harmful effects of free radicals, those unstable molecules created when we are exposed to pollution, cigarette smoke, stress and other toxins and that contribute to chronic inflammation and premature aging, Nature provides us an abundance of protective antioxidants. Some of the most powerful of these are found in Green tea.
Popular in Japan and China for thousands of years, Green tea is rich in a group of plant compounds called polyphenols. The most active of these in Green tea are its catechins, of which epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most abundant and scientifically reviewed.
Catechins are 40 to 200 times more effective at destroying free radicals than vitamins A, C, or E – that’s some serious antioxidant power! Their beneficial properties include:
• Reducing inflammation
• Normalizing cell growth and division
• Promoting cardiovascular health
• Normalizing blood glucose
• Boosting metabolism and burning fat
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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