GREEN TEA CAN MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL!

SAIMA IBRAHIM
June 8 - 14, 2009

Nature has kept many blessings in her lap for human beings to heal their concealed and revealed pains. The effect of nature's extract is green tea. You probably already know that drinking green tea has plenty of health benefits - but do you know that it can make you more beautiful?

Here are some of the facts that green tea researchers have found:

- It helps your gums stay healthy so your teeth don't fall out.

- The Vitamin C in green tea helps your gums heal. Acids and bacteria in your mouth are the main causes of periodontal disease (soft, bleeding gums). Green tea contains "catechins." It keeps the acids in check and they prevent the bacteria from reproducing and your gums stay nice and healthy and pink, and your teeth stay in.

- It prevents cavities and bad breath. (Cavities and bad breath are caused by acids and bacteria)

- It helps you look young by smoothing out your wrinkles and by reducing damage to your skin from UV rays. They also reactivate dying skin cells. Green tea contains anti-oxidants (cancer-fighters) that reduce the damage that the UV light in normal sunlight does to your skin. This slows down the aging process and helps you look younger, longer.

- It helps you lose weight. Catechins help to decrease body fat and speed up fat oxidation.

Green tea is an extract of "camellia sinesis" bush. It is neither yellow nor green, or of any color. It is also called Chinese tea, Japanese tea.

FERMENTATION PROCESS

Ordinary tea comes from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. There are three main types of tea: green tea, oolong tea, and black tea, categorized according to their oxidation levels (called the fermentation process). Green tea is steamed, baked, or pan heated to prevent oxidation and thus the leaves remain green. Unlike green tea, oolong tea is partially fermented, and black tea is fully fermented.

The best thing to acknowledge about green tea is its effect in lowering cholesterol as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, which pays hazardous role in deposition of fats in peripheral tissues.

In 1994, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has showed the results of an epidemiological study indicating that green tea decreases the risk of esophageal cancer by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells, Epigallocatechin gallate, EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant. Besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue, improving mental alertness and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clot like thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) leading cause of heart attacks and stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, infection, and impaired immune function. It also assists in weight loss and fighting the build-up of atheromatous plaque in the arteries as well.

Why is green tea getting all the attention in the science world? It's mainly because of the antioxidant epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG ), the main component considered good for one's health which is preserved in green tea but lost in oolong and black varieties when fermented. Antioxidants are thought to prevent free radicals.

What exactly is a Free Radical? A free radical is any molecular species capable of independent existence that contains one or more unpaired electrons not contributing to intermolecular bonding, and is, in that sense, "free". They are produced by oxidation/reduction reactions.

In the human body, oxidized free radicals are believed to cause tissue damage at the cellular level, causing damage to our DNA, mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell), and cell membrane, and have often been referred to as one of the causes attributed to aging, cancer, heart disease, and other human ailments harmful to one's health.

Excessive alcohol intake, smoking, and various chemical exposures only serve to increase the amount of free radicals present in the body. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants.

What exactly is an Antioxidant? Antioxidants are molecules, which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged (as in Vitamin C), or seek out and scavenge free radicals (as in Vitamin E).

Antioxidants found in green tea ( Epigallocatechin 3-gallate a.k.a. EGCG ) has been found to be much more powerful than both Vitamins C and E. Compared to other known antioxidants, EGCG was found to be 100 times more effective than vitamin C, 25 times more effective than Vitamin E and twice as powerful at neutralizing free radicals.

Green Tea and Weight Loss - One pound of fat is equivalent to approximately 3500 calories. In order to lose one pound of fat over the period of a week, a person must maintain a calorie deficit of 3500 below their normal "set point", that "set point" being the amount of calories consumed in one's diet where a person neither loses nor gains fat. This calorie deficit can come through the modification of diet, through exercise, or a through a combination of both. In the case of a pound per week weight loss, that works out to a needed calorie deficit of 500 calories per day.

Research by Japanese and other researchers suggest that if the average person were to drink five cups of green tea a day, they would burn an extra 70 to 80 extra calories through an effect known as thermogenesis - the process of heat production in organisms.

Regardless, 70-80 calories per day does not quite come close to the 500 calorie deficit needed per day to lose a pound a week.

If a person is to change nothing outside of adding five cups of green tea to their diet per day, then over the course of 43 days one could expect to lose 1 pound. Over the period of one year, one could expect a loss of about 8 pounds. Yes, there is some correlation between green tea and weight loss. Clearly, drinking green tea alone is not going to be satisfactory for significant weight loss. If you are serious about losing weight, we still definitely do recommend green tea as a complement to a sound nutrition and exercise regime.

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Green tea has been used for centuries in Asia and extensively studied in the Western world and provides the most powerful protection to your cells as one of the best free radical scavengers in existence.

Here are the benefits of Green Tea:

Lowers total cholesterol
Reduces blood pressure
Lowers blood sugar
Reduces the risk of cancer
Reduces the risk of heart attack
Decreases the risk of stroke
Decrease the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis
Protects against Parkinson's disease
Enhances immune function
Acts as an antibacterial and antiviral agent
Helps burn extra calories
Prevents dental cavities and gum disease
Builds stronger bones
Boosts longevity

Green tea has increasingly become a very popular drink worldwide because of its immensely powerful health benefits. If you're not drinking 3 to 4 cups of green tea today, you're definitely NOT doing your health a big favor. Here Are the 25 Reasons Why You Should Start Drinking Green Tea Right Now:

1. GREEN TEA AND CANCER

Green tea helps reduce the risk of cancer. The antioxidant in green tea is 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times better than vitamin E. This helps your body at protecting cells from damage believed to be linked to cancer.

2. GREEN TEA AND HEART DISEASE

Green tea helps prevent heart disease and stroke by lowering the level of cholesterol. Even after the heart attack, it prevents cell deaths and speeds up the recovery of heart cells.

3. GREEN TEA AND ANTI-AGING

Green tea contains antioxidant known as polyphenols, which fight against free radicals. This means it helps you fight against aging and promotes longevity.

4. GREEN TEA AND WEIGHT LOSS

Green tea helps with your body weight loss. Green tea burns fat and boosts your metabolism rate naturally. It can help you burn up to 70 calories in just one day. That translates to 7 pounds in one year.

5. GREEN TEA AND SKIN

Antioxidant in green tea protects the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, which cause wrinkling and skin aging. Green tea also helps fight against skin cancer.

6. GREEN TEA AND ARTHRITIS

Green tea can help prevent and reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Green tea has benefit for your health as it protects the cartilage by blocking the enzyme that destroys cartilage.

7. GREEN TEA AND BONES

High fluoride content of green tea helps to keep your bones strong. If you drink green tea every day, this will help you preserve your bone density.

8. GREEN TEA AND CHOLESTEROL

Green tea can help lower cholesterol level. It also improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol, by reducing bad cholesterol level.

9. GREEN TEA AND OBESITY

Green tea prevents obesity by stopping the movement of glucose in fat cells. If you are on a healthy diet, exercise regularly and drink green tea, it is unlikely you'll be obese.

10. GREEN TEA AND DIABETES

Green tea improves lipid and glucose metabolisms, prevents sharp increases in blood sugar level, and balances your metabolism rate.

11. GREEN TEA AND ALZHEIMER'S

Green tea helps boost your memory. And, although there's no cure for Alzheimer's, it helps slow the process of reduced acetylcholine in the brain, which leads to Alzheimer's.

12. GREEN TEA AND PARKINSON'S

Antioxidants in green tea helps prevent against cell damage in the brain, which could cause Parkinson's.

13. GREEN TEA AND LIVER DISEASE

Green tea helps prevent transplant failure in people with liver failure. Researches showed that green tea destroys harmful free radicals in fatty livers.

14. GREEN TEA AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Green tea helps prevent high blood pressure. Drinking green tea helps keep your blood pressure down by repressing angiotensin, which leads to high blood pressure.

15. GREEN TEA AND FOOD POISONING

Catechin found in green tea can kill bacteria, which cause food poisoning and kill the toxins produced by those bacteria.

16. GREEN TEA AND BLOOD SUGAR

Blood sugar tends to increase with age, but polyphenols and polysaccharides in green tea help lower your blood sugar level.

17. GREEN TEA AND IMMUNITY

Polyphenols and flavenoids found in green tea help boost your immune system, making your health stronger in fighting against infections.

18. GREEN TEA AND COLD AND FLU

Green tea prevents you from getting a cold or flu. Vitamin C in green tea helps you treat the flu and the common cold.

19. GREEN TEA AND ASTHMA

Theophylline in green tea relaxes the muscles, which support the bronchial tubes, reducing the severity of asthma.

20. GREEN TEA AND EAR INFECTION

Green tea helps with ear infection problem. For natural ear cleaning, soak a cotton ball in green tea and clean the infected ear.

21. GREEN TEA AND HERPES

Green tea increases the effectiveness of topical interferon treatment of herpes. First apply green tea compress, and then let the skin dry before the interferon treatment.

22. GREEN TEA AND TOOTH DECAY

Green tea destroys bacteria and viruses that cause many dental diseases. It also slows the growth of bacteria which leads to bad breath.

23. GREEN TEA AND STRESS

L-theanine, which is a kind of amino acids in green tea, can help relieve stress and anxiety.

24. GREEN TEA AND ALLERGIES

EGCG found in green tea relieves allergies. If you have allergies, you should really consider drinking green tea.

25. GREEN TEA AND HIV

Scientists in Japan have found that EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) in green tea can stop HIV from binding to healthy immune cells. Thus, green tea can help stop the HIV virus from spreading.

Green tea is highly recommended for aged, obese, smokers and heart patients to consume green tea on daily basis as it keeps primarily beneficial effects for their health.

DRAWBACKS

Despite of its many advantages green tea does contain some drawbacks. A very little amount of caffeine is also present in it which can cause bit insomnia, but that amount is not equal to the caffeine in coffee so it's less hazardous. The caffeine in green tea may cause irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias), worsen existing anxiety disorders, or increase the blood pressure. So, it is advised not to take it before bedtime. Caffeine can cause insomnia, restlessness, irritability, stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea, or frequent urination.