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The Benefits Of Tea Catechins By Marcus Stout

In recent years, tea has attracted a lot of attention for its many health benefits. For years Asian cultures have used tea for many medical purposes, and science is proving out what Asians seem to have known all along – tea has many healthy benefits. Among tea, green tea seems to provide the most health benefits. This is because green tea, unlike black tea is not fermented during its processing. Green tea leaves are left in their more natural state, compared to the leaves that are fermented. In their natural state, tea leaves retain all of their natural anti-oxidants, known as catechins. Anti-oxidants are important to our health because they protect our bodies from free radicals. Free radicals are oxygen containing molecules that are created as a by-product of our digestive processes. Free radicals left unchecked damage our cells and DNA, leading to disease and aging. Anti-oxidants keep these free radicals in check, ensuring that they’re wiped out of our bodies before they can do damage. Anti-oxidants are found in many plant products, including fruits, vegetables, cocoa and coffee. But, it seems that the most potent anti-oxidants may be those found in the tea plant. The primary protective anti-oxidant, or catechin, in tea is a substance known as EGCG. EGCG is associated with a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. It also appears to naturally regulate blood sugar, so it may have potential in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. EGCG has also been associated with assisting in weight loss. For years it was assumed that green tea was beneficial to weight loss simply because it contains caffeine. Caffeine has been shown to speed up the metabolism, helping you burn more calories each day. However, there have been studies that indicated that green tea is more effective than other caffeinated beverages in aiding weight loss, suggesting that something in addition to caffeine is doing the trick. In addition, green tea is lower in caffeine than black tea, coffee and colas, yet it aids weight loss more than any of these beverages.
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It is believed that this magic ingredient that makes green tea a more effective weight loss aid than its more caffeinated counterparts is the tea catechins – primarily the EGCG. To further advance this theory, a study was conducted in Japan, evaluating healthy Japanese men who were overweight. The participants in this study were divided into groups with similar weights and body mass indexes. During the twelve week study, the participants were fed either a bottle of tea containing 690 mg of tea catechins or a bottle of tea containing just 22 mg of tea catechins. At the end of the study, the group ingesting the larger amount of tea catechins each day had lost significantly more weight than the group ingesting the smaller amount of tea catechins. In addition, their BMI, waist circumference and overall body fat were reduced significantly compared to the control group. Not only did the group lose more weight and reduce their body fat significantly, but their cholesterol levels were also significantly reduced. This is just another in a long list of research studies outlining the benefits of the catechins found in green tea. And, one of the great things about using green tea as a health supplement, whether for weight loss, or overall health protection, is that green tea has no side effects. Green tea is an overall healthy beverage, and is well tolerated by most people, even those who are caffeine sensitive. So, even if green tea doesn’t help you lose weight, you can rest assured that you’re consuming a perfectly healthy and safe beverage. Plus, you’re protecting your body from many serious diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. Many studies have linked green tea with a reduced risk of heart disease. This risk reduction is likely due to the fact that green tea can reduce your cholesterol levels, and seems to prevent the cholesterol that is circulating in the blood from turning into arterial plaque. This is significant because this arterial plaque narrows the arteries, leading to blockages. Once arteries are blocked, this can lead to heart attack and stroke. In addition, green tea has been linked to a reduction in the risk of some cancers. Cultures where green tea is widely consumed have significantly lower incidences of breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and gastrointestinal cancers. In some studies, green tea has even been shown to be an effective adjunct treatment for some forms of cancer. So, as you can see, drinking green tea is a good idea, even if you don’t need to lose weight. However, particularly if you are trying to drop a few pounds, a regular dose of green tea may be able to help you shed those pounds more quickly and easily. Marcus Stout is President of the Golden Moon Tea Company. For more information about tea, green tea and wu long tea go to

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Green Tea Extract, Proven Benefits & Clinical Studies By Valerie Rosenbaum

The green tea extract benefits may be many, but there are still ongoing studies concerning effectiveness and unwanted side effects. Establishing a safe and effective dosage has been one of the primary concerns. The studies began years ago, in an attempt to explain the Japanese paradox; a reduced incidence of heart disease and various types of cancer among the Japanese community, despite a high incidence of cigarette smoking. A similar paradox is seen in the South of France; a lower than expected incidence of heart disease, despite a diet that is high in fat. We know, without a doubt, that cigarette smoking is bad for you and that a high intake of saturated fat increases your risk of heart disease. There are, however, many things that we do not know. For example, we don’t know what causes the build up of plaque in the brain that leads to Alzheimer’s. We have learned that some compounds seem to have a protective effect on the cells of the body. That could reduce the risk of a variety of degenerative and life threatening diseases. The possible green tea extract benefits have to do with the compounds that it contains, as a group, they are called catechins. Catechins are antioxidants that are only found in a few plants. The leaves of the camellia sinensis or tea plant and some cocoa plants are the best known sources. It is thought that the catechins explain the Japanese paradox, because the average green tea consumption in the country is 1.5 liters per day. There are some researchers that believe it could be due to the caffeine or the gallic acid in the beverage. Others think that it could be a combination of the various compounds present in the leaves. One research group has shown that the green tea extract benefits could be outweighed by risk, if the dosage is too high. Some antioxidants cause oxidative stress to the cells, at high concentrations. So, when you are shopping for a supplement, be sure that the dosage does not exceed 500mg per day. A generally healthy person need only consume about 100mg per day to get a dose of catechins equivalent to drinking 1.5 liters of the beverage. One of the areas of ongoing study concerns the green tea extract benefits as a cancer preventative. In test tubes and animal models, it has been shown to inhibit the development and growth of cancer cells and tumors. Other plant extracts have the same effect. Curcumin, derived from turmeric, is the subject of several ongoing studies. It may become a treatment for pancreatic and other forms of cancer. When combined with catechins, researchers believe it will be effective for treating leukemia. It will of course be years before any of these treatments are standardized and readily available. But, for those of us that are interested in a supplement to reduce our risk of heart disease and cancer, we don’t have to wait. There are excellent supplements on the market that provide the green tea extract benefits, along with those of curcumin and over 70 other nutrients. They may even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. There’s always hope. Valerie Rosenbaum has spent several years researching every anti aging supplement she could find. As a result of that effort she has found what she believes to be the best anti-aging supplements

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