stream of good news about green tea is getting so hard to ignore
that even java junkies are beginning to sip mugs of the
deceptively delicate brew.
You'd think the daily dose of
disease-fighting, inflammation-squelching antioxidants
long linked with heart protection
would be enough incentive, but wait, there's more! Lots more.
Your Cancer Risk
the potent antioxidants green tea's famous for
seem to help keep cancer cells from gaining a foothold in the
body, by discouraging their growth and then squelching the
creation of new blood vessels that tumors need to thrive. Study
after study has found that people who regularly drink green tea
reduce their risk of breast, stomach, esophagus, colon, and/or
Got a cut,
scrape, or bite, and a little leftover green tea? Soak a cotton
pad in it. The tea is a natural antiseptic that relieves itching
and swelling. Try it on inflamed breakouts and blemishes,
sunburns, even puffy eyelids.
And that's not all. In the lab,
green tea helps block sun-triggered skin cancer, whether you
drink it or apply it directly to the skin - which is why you're
seeing green tea in more and more sunscreens and moisturizers.
Your Blood Pressure
healthy blood pressure –
meaning below 120/80 –
is one thing. Keeping it that way is quite another. But people
who sip just half a cup a day are almost 50 percent less likely
to wind up with hypertension than non-drinkers. Credit goes to
the polyphenols again (especially one known as ECGC). They help
keep blood vessels from contracting and raising blood pressure.
Protect Your Memory, or Your Mom's
may also keep the brain from turning fuzzy. Getting-up-there
adults who drink at least two cups a day are half as likely to
develop cognitive problems as those who drink less. Why?
appears that the tea's big dose of antioxidants fights the
free-radical damage to brain nerves seen in Alzheimer's and
and healthier your arteries are, the younger and
healthier you are. So fight plaque build-up in your blood
vessels, which ups the risk of heart disease and stroke, adds
years to your biological age (or RealAge), and saps your energy
too. How much green tea does this vital job take? About 10
ounces a day, which also deters your body from absorbing
artery-clogging fat and cholesterol.
one more thing. Turns out that green tea speeds up your body's
calorie-burning process. In the every-little-bit-counts
department, this is good news!
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