Studies on Green Tea and Remarkable Benefits
Epidemiological studies indicate that people who drink six or more cups of green tea a day have lower levels of damage from inflammation, even DNA damage. In fact, the University of Maryland Medical Centre (UMM) lists numerous health benefits from green tea consumption:
"Green tea can help prevent dental cavities [and] may also be useful in inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, by reducing inflammation and slowing the breakdown of cartilage. Chemicals in green tea may help treat genital warts, treat dermatologic conditions and prevent symptoms of colds and flu …
Green tea may play a role in preventing Parkinson disease, cognitive decline, and osteoporosis. Studies also show that drinking green tea is associated with reduced risk of dying from any cause."
In China and India, people drink green tea to get rid of excess bodily fluid, control bleeding, heal wounds and improve their heart health. Green tea is also used to regulate blood sugar levels, improve mental clarity and promote digestion. Studies reported a number of other benefits, including cancer inhibition:
- Atherosclerosis, as studies show green tea consumption reduces heart disease risk by lowering triglyceride levels
- Bladder cancer, as women who drank green tea were less likely to develop bladder cancer and kidney cancer
- Breast cancer, as researchers found that women who drank the most green tea had a 22 percent lower risk
- Colorectal cancer: Studies show regular green tea consumption may reduce colorectal cancer risk in women by 57 percent
- Diabetes, helping to prevent type 1 from developing and slowing progression
- Inflammatory bowel disease, as green tea may reduce inflammation associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
- Liver disease, as catechins may help treat viral hepatitis, a type of liver inflammation
- Lung cancer, as green tea polyphenols have been shown to inhibit the growth of human lung cancer cells in test tubes
- Oesophageal cancer, as animal studies have found that green tea polyphenols inhibit oesophageal cancer cell growth
- Ovarian cancer, as patients experienced decreased occurrence rates
- Pancreatic cancer, as a large clinical study found that those drinking the most green tea were less likely to develop pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer, as men who drink green tea have a 48 percent lower risk
- Skin cancer, as EGCG polyphenols have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent the development of skin tumours
- Stomach cancer, researchers found green tea drinkers were about half as likely to develop stomach cancer and inflammation
- Weight loss, by boosting metabolism and burning fat
Did You Know: Green Tea Fights Acne?
People who struggle with acne have more systematic inflammation than is common, but once again, drinking green tea has been found to be very beneficial. Anecdotal evidence — in short, people who noticed improvement and reported it — has been very encouraging.
Studies have shown that people with severe acne had more problems with inflammation and fewer antioxidants than those with mild acne. One study comments that “the notion that lipid peroxidation is a 'starter gun' in acne is not a new one.”
Inflammation of this order can come from a number of sources, but several to pay close attention to include gut health (or lack thereof), getting inadequate sleep and high levels of stress.
Without a doubt, people with acne should consider what they eat in relation to their skin problems, as more than one study has explored acne being due to consuming unhealthy foods.
There must be something to be said about the fact that in many indigenous societies, acne is virtually unheard of, while in so-called "enlightened" populations, it's a big problem. The above study noted:
“How could we ever rule out the possibility that diet has no effect on acne? Especially when diet influences the absorption of a nutrient or a drug that affects the mitigation of that disease? Maybe we cannot treat acne with nutrition but we can certainly influence it.”
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