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Drinking Green Tea. . . . .

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the "French Paradox." For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was found to lie in red wine, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers.

Why don't other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.

Other Benefits

New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November, 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.

Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea - from deodorants to creams - are starting to appear on the market.

Harmful Effects?

To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six - eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.

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Now my take on green tea? I think its gross. I am going to have to learn to like because the taste does not outweigh health benefits. So join me in drinking to your health & well being! I have enough for everyone! lol

Today's workout: Walking 30mins, Nonstop Step Patrick G. 60mins, QFC (200 calves raises) & tonight Cathe's Kick Punch Crunch 61mins God willing. I mean, I am still recouping from the step aerobics this morning but I have a 50th birthday party & wanted to look good. Well you know what I mean Sparkfam! Then the next thing is just being healthy on a daily basis.

God bless & Happy Thursday!


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  • KITT52
    I drink it everyday, about 6-8 mugs..I love it
    2235 days ago
    i drink green tea daily and have been for many years. Thanks for reiterating the health benefits. I'm so glad that God provided all of our needs...fruits, veggies, water, green tea. he gave us all we needed to stay healthy! :)
    2758 days ago
    I heated my water up an hour ago so I have to heat it again and put my green tea in it. My sister and I drink this special green tea for Diabetics that she gets from a Chinese lady and it cost over $100. It helps to lower the blood sugar and stabilize it. It also takes away that appetite for sweets. I love Green Tea and I don't even add sweeteners...real or artificial. Thanks Dee. emoticon
    2759 days ago
    I like green tea and have been comduming it for a few years now. thanks for sharing the information as a lot ot what you listed I did not know.
    2759 days ago
    Thanks for posting this Great blog about Green tea Dee! I did not know all the beneficial things it can do for you! I think I am going to become a green tea drinker! Keep up the great work Dee, You are rocking it girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2759 days ago
  • TEMEKA97
    I love green tea. I drink it without adding sugar... I used to be a smoker and I started drinking it to counter the negative affects of smoking. Now that I don't smoke I still drink it because it keeps my system cleansed LOL
    2759 days ago
    Dee... I drink green tea, but I mix it... I mix it with black pekoe, or herbal teas... they even have flavored teas and a great website to check out is:

    ... there are lots of teas to chose from depending on your palate... Check it out and let me know what you think!....

    ~ Dee ~ emoticon

    ... Great workout... don't you just love Patrick and that "Non Stop Step workout?...
    emoticon GO Dee GO emoticon
    2759 days ago
    Have you heard about the link between green tea and reduced risk of breast cancer? Look it up :-)
    2759 days ago
    Have been a green tea lover for years! emoticon emoticon
    2759 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/27/2010 12:08:54 AM
    I love green tea it comes in many flavores. I may have a splash of soy milk or with a stick of cinnimon. I've even learned to drink it without sugar substitues. Now that is saying something!! LOL! me and green tea. I have heard it aids in weight loss.
    2759 days ago
    Yes, I love green tea. I don't like hot drinks at all, so I brew it and pour it over ice. It's helped me recover from my diet soda addiction.
    2759 days ago
    I like Green Tea with a little honey in it. I'm glad to hear it is healthy for me.
    2759 days ago
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