Green tea is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks and contains one of the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea. Researchers commonly speak highly of green tea – Christopher Ochner, PhD, a research scientist in nutrition at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, is quoted by health website WebMD as saying, “it’s the healthiest thing I can think of to drink.”
It has anti-aging properties, protects the lungs, has a stimulating effect, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, stimulates the immune system, it is an anticancer agent, reduces cholesterol, promotes heart and arterial health, prevents diabetes, increases the rate of metabolism, increases endurance, relieves stress and it is inebriating.
There are studies showing that green tea is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which prevent the destructive action of free radicals molecules that degenerate cells, supporting for example, cancer prevention, it also participate in anti-aging effect and fat burning.
Green tea or coffee may reduce stroke risk. Drinking green tea or coffee on a regular basis is associated with a reduced risk of stroke, according to a study published in the journal Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.5
Green tea may help fight prostate cancer. British researchers have scientifically proven that broccoli, turmeric, green tea and pomegranate help fight the most common cancer in men in the United States and the United Kingdom – prostate cancer.6
Green tea may boost our working memory. New research published in the journal Psychopharmacology suggests green tea can enhance our brain’s cognitive functions, particularly the working memory.7
Green tea component upsets cancer cell metabolism. A study reveals how an active component of green tea disrupts the metabolism of cancer cells in pancreatic cancer, offering an explanation for its effect on reducing risk of cancer and slowing its progression. The researchers believe the discovery signals a new approach to studying cancer prevention.
Green tea is also rich in tannin that lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and strengthens the arteries and veins favoring prevention of heart and circulatory diseases. It contains bioflavonoids and catechins: substances that block the cellular changes that give rise to tumors.
A study performed in the United States indicates that green tea extract can suppress the growth of Helicobacter pylori (in vivo and in vitro). Another study in South Korea suggests that an acidic polysaccharide found in green tea is significantly effective in preventing the adhesion of H. pylori to human skin cells in culture.