Experts believe that powerful antioxidants in Green Tea help to disarm free radicals which are believed to contribute to many degenerative diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
The American Journal of Epidemiology has reported that a study of 35,369 women and their incidence of cancer during an eight ear period, linked regular Green Tea-drinking with a lower risk of cancers of the upper digestive tract, colon and rectum.
In Britain, positive results have been attributed to using Green Tea to combat tumors of the colon, pancreas and breast.
It is interesting to note that the amounts of Green Tea used were not mega-doses, but only about four cups daily.
Cancer researchers have concluded that some cancers are the consequence of the accumulation of cell damage caused by free radicals, it has been particularly important to discover the antioxidants that can fight these damaging free radicals.
Green Tea is loaded with powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, the most powerful has the ability to block an enzyme that helps tumors grow.
Polyphenols’ antioxidant ability helps cell DNA to reproduce itself accurately, rather than in a mutated form, and Chinese medicines from green polyphenols have long been used to treat nephritis, hepatitis and even leukemia.
British researchers have discovered that four to five cups of Green Tea a day might help reduce high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Green Tea seems to work not only in reducing LDL cholesterol oxidation but also in lowering overall blood cholesterol levels.
Another benefit is its ability to promote healthy teeth and gums, by blocking the growth of Streptococcus Mutans, a leading cause of cavities and gingivitis.
New research is supporting the use of Green Tea as a weight loss aid, in a double blind study using Green Tea, caffeine and a placebo, only the Green Tea extract increased metabolism and energy use.