Thursday, February 28, 2008

7 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

From the webpage

The steady stream of good news about green tea is getting so hard to ignore that even java junkies are beginning to sip mugs of the deceptively delicate brew. You'd think the daily dose of disease-fighting, inflammation-squelching antioxidants--long linked with heart protection--would be enough incentive, but wait, there's more! Lots more.

Several polyphenols - the potent antioxidants green tea's famous for - seem to help keep cancer cells from gaining a foothold in the body, by discouraging their growth and then squelching the creation of new blood vessels that tumors need to thrive. Study after study has found that people who regularly drink green tea reduce their risk of breast, stomach, esophagus, colon, and/or prostate cancer.

Got a cut, scrape, or bite, and a little leftover green tea? Soak a cotton pad in it. The tea is a natural antiseptic that relieves itching and swelling. Try it on inflamed breakouts and blemishes, sunburns, even puffy eyelids. And that's not all. In the lab, green tea helps block sun-triggered skin cancer, whether you drink it or apply it directly to the skin - which is why you're seeing green tea in more and more sunscreens and moisturizers.

Having healthy blood pressure - meaning below 120/80 - is one thing. Keeping it that way is quite another. But people who sip just half a cup a day are almost 50 percent less likely to wind up with hypertension than non-drinkers. Credit goes to the polyphenols again (especially one known as ECGC). They help keep blood vessels from contracting and raising blood pressure.

Green tea may also keep the brain from turning fuzzy. Getting-up-there adults who drink at least two cups a day are half as likely to develop cognitive problems as those who drink less. Why? It appears that the tea's big dose of antioxidants fights the free-radical damage to brain nerves seen in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

The younger and healthier your arteries are, the younger and healthier you are. So fight plaque build-up in your blood vessels, which ups the risk of heart disease and stroke, adds years to your biological age (or RealAge), and saps your energy too. How much green tea does this vital job take? About 10 ounces a day, which also deters your body from absorbing artery-clogging fat and cholesterol.

Oh yeah, one more thing. Turns out that green tea speeds up your body's calorie-burning process. In the every-little-bit-counts department, this is good news!


At 3:31 PM, Blogger Oh great One said...


At 6:11 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Green Tea! Hooray! I'm getting me some today!

Thanks for the heads up about "FRACTURE". I will put it on my Netflix list.....! I have not heard of this, I Thank you so much for telling me about it!

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I am drinking iced green tea/spice tea right now!!
I make iced tea often, and I either do it all green tea or mix another tea with it. I am a true believer in its health benefits. Thanks for confirming all its great benefits. Drinking green tea is such an easy way to get lots of anti-oxidants into our bodies plus all the other health benefits you mentioned.

Also, thanks for another crock pot recipe. It sounds yummy. I am such a fan of good crock pot recipes.

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I'm finally getting around to updating my blog roll.
You are now on it. It's about time, I know, but I don't update it very often.

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

I know all about the health benefits of green tea, but there's a reason you "sip" tea. It just doesn't taste as good as a latte. Like most, I can only take tea in small doses.

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Jim said...

I'm sold! Now, to make a list of who all has green tea so as that I can go visiting.

At 8:04 AM, Blogger Merle said...

Dear Lucy ~~ Great post about the benefits of green tea. You always have such interesting things on your blog. Thanks for your comments and I am so glad your grandson was so well-
behaved. Take care, Love, Merle.

At 8:47 AM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Lucy, if you do decide to participate in the "sign" Meme, do let Laura know over at CITAMIN SEA....If you click pn her name on my post...It will take you to her blog....! Good Luck!

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

I've been drinking green tea but it's decaffeinated. I wonder if it will do as much good?


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