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                                                  4000 Year Old Secrets of Green Tea
                                                                 By Gary Gresham

  4000 Year Old Secrets of Green Tea
 by: Gary Gresham

The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea for over 4,000 years. But recent
studies are just starting to unlock these ancient secrets of green tea.

Today, a great deal of research is being carried out about green tea health benefits and the findings
are very exciting.

Here are just a few medical conditions that drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful with: Cancer
Rheumatoid arthritis High cholesterol levels Cardiovascular disease Infection Impaired immune
function Controlling high blood pressure Lowering blood sugar

Researchers believe the real secret of green tea lies in the fact that it is rich in EGCG which is a
powerful anti-oxidant. EGCG has been found to kill cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.

A University of Purdue study recently concluded that a compound in green tea actually inhibits the
growth of cancer cells.

Red wine has been long studied because it contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative
effects of smoking and a fatty diet.

But researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as
resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese and French men is quite
low, even though approximately seventy-five percent of them are smokers.

Research also indicates that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the
ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

But the health benefits of green tea don't end there. Green tea has been found to inhibit the abnormal
formation of blood clots which is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

New studies have actually shown that green tea can even help you loose weight. The American

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Journal of Clinical Nutrition performed a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers
found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories
than those given only caffeine or a placebo.

It has also been shown that drinking green tea can give your body a greater ability to fight infection and
kill bacteria.

Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay. Its bacteria-destroying abilities kill the bacteria that
causes dental plaque and aids the immune system with its antifungal properties by improving digestive

You may be asking if other Chinese teas offer similar health benefits. But the answer is no. Although
green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, the way green
tea is processed is what sets them apart.

Green tea leaves are steamed, and that prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. Black and
oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which converts the EGCG into other compounds.
This process makes oolong and black teas much less effective in preventing and fighting various

So how much green tea should you drink? There are as many answers to this question as there are
researchers investigating the health properties of green tea.

While some companies selling green tea say that ten cups per day are necessary to reap the
maximum benefits, a University of California study on the cancer-preventative qualities of green tea
concluded that you could probably attain the desired level of polyphenols by drinking two cups a day.

The research of this ancient beverage continues, and it may take decades to unlock all of the secrets it
holds. Although green tea should not be considered to be a magic bullet, researchers agree the
positive health benefits are very promising.

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                                 The Green Tea Diet Can Provide Vital Health Benefits
                                                                By Ann Marier

 It appears that a green tea diet has some of the same properties that golden elixirs, fountains of youth
and magic potions all have. If there is a risk for Alzheimer's in your family, then a green tea diet may
delay the onset of this disease.

This has been the conclusion of a recent study that was done in Britain. It discovered that a green tea
diet will inhibit the 3 chemical culprits that are associated with breaking down chemical messengers
and forming plaques and protein deposits in your brain.

Who Could Benefit From a Green Tea Diet

During the flu season you should incorporate a green tea diet into your daily routine because it will help
you to fight off the flu. This is because the substance in green tea that is known as L-theanine is able to
increase your virus-battling cells by 10 times. This will also work if you gargle with green tea.

Another great benefit of the green tea diet is that it will increase your metabolism and oxidize any fat
that you may have, without raising your heart rate. This has been proven in a recent scientific paper by
the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The reason why your heart rate is so important here is
because an increased heart rate can lead to adverse cardiac effects.

However, there are only 2 ways in which you can actually get rid of fat: by dieting or by exercising. If
you are unable to diet, then the green tea diet may be just what you have been looking for as it will
allow you to expend energy without a lot of exercise. Combine that with the fact that it is all natural and
you have got yourself a winner.

The Concluding Facts About a Green Tea Diet

If you love the idea of a green tea diet but simply cannot stand the taste of tea then you should know
that there are green tea pills that you can take as a dietary supplement. These usually come in 500
mg. capsules that you should take 2 or 3 times a day. There is no bitter aftertaste with these capsules

So, regardless of how you take green tea, the benefits of a green tea diet simply cannot be ignored. Of
course, it is possible to ignore these facts but why would you want to?

Ann Marier writes informative articles about family life and general health issues, Her lastest are about
the health benefits of green tea. Click on to read her green tea articles.
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