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The Surprising Health Benefits Of Tea!

Tea is the most consumed drink in the world after water. Tea contains numerous antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. As compared to black or oolong tea, green tea contains less caffeine and more catechins. Catechins are a specific class of antioxidant, which include EGCG/ECG. These are some of the most potent antioxidants, which appear to be responsible for the beneficial health effects including the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea.

Studies suggest that green tea may reduce the risk of various cancers with the strongest evidence for reduced risk of breast cancer. Green tea appears to reduce the oxidative damage that can promote cancer and may assist in the repair function of damaged cells. Human studies have shown that drinking a minimum of 1 cup and up to 5 cups of green tea daily resulted in a reduced risk of breast cancer.

Regular intake of green tea may also reduce the risk of cardiovascular risk factors. Daily consumption of green tea may reduce blood pressure and the oxidation of harmful LDL cholesterol that promotes heart disease. In one study, green tea drinkers had a 44% reduction in the risk of heart attack after 1 year of daily consumption!

Lastly, green tea appears to have a positive effect on appetite, energy expenditure and the loss of fat mass. The catechins found in green tea coupled with caffeine have been shown to reduce appetite. Caffeine is also a well-known stimulant, which can increase thermogenesis or energy expenditure. These compounds together have positive effects on body composition, reducing fat while preserving muscle. Human studies have shown a modest reduction in weight and a greater ability to maintain weight loss with supplementation of green tea particularly in those that are not habitual caffeine drinkers.

Most individuals can incorporate green tea into their diet without risk. Certain individuals with chronic health problems or on prescribed medications may need to consult their physician prior to use. Caution should be exercised when purchasing over the counter green tea supplements as these supplements are not regulated by the FDA and have been known to be adulterated with harmful substances.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Dr. Adrienne Youdim

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