Green Tea Benefits

September 06, 2012

Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, its uses have ranged from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. It is considered superior to black tea because of the different method of processing which causes black to to ferment. Green tea does not go through this fermentation process, which allows it to maintain the maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols, the source of its many benefits. Now a new benefit has been ascribed to green tea!  A report published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research found that it may also benefit memory and spatial awareness! Scientists looked at EGCG (epigallocatechin-3 gallate), an organic chemical and one of the main ingredients in green tea. EGCG is an anti-oxidant that researchers believe may protect against degenerative diseases that develop as we age.  They found that ECGC helps to promote the making of neural progenitor cells, which are similar to stem cells and can turn into many different kinds of cells. Using mice, they wanted to demonstrate whether or not the rise in the production of cells was beneficial to spatial learning or memory. Tests were run on two groups of mice, one which had been given ECGC and a control group, which was not given the supplement. The mice were trained for three days to find a visible platform in their maze, then they were trained to find a hidden platform. Mice that were given ECGC found the hidden platform faster than the ones that were not, indicating that EGCG boosted memory and learning, helping the mice to recognize objects and improve spatial memory. We already know that there are a lot of reasons to drink green tea:
  • Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating, preventing high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
  • Scientists think green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure.
  • Green tea may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
  • Green tea can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, it is widely believed to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
  • Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood.Studies have shown  that green tea protects brain cells from dying and restores damaged brain cells, delaying the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • Provides a relaxing and tranquilizing effect.
  • Green tea is known to assist in the lowering of bold cholesterol.
  • Green tea can even help reduce wrinkles and the signs of aging, thanks to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Animal and human studies have shown that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.
This new research adds yet another great reason to add green tea to your beverage menu! With fall quickly approaches, unwind in the evening with a hot cup of green tea, it's relaxing, it tastes good and is good for you!

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