The Magic Of Green Tea – Can 4,000 Years Of Research Be Wrong?

Green tea – you hear about it almost everywhere these days; it’s in shampoos, moisturizers and it’s in every other beverage you see sitting on the shelves at the grocery store. One could think that this seeming surge in popularity is just another health-craze, but take a look at what the experts are saying about green tea and see if it’s something that you should consider as part of your healthy lifestyle.

Tea has been brewed as a beverage for almost 5,000 years — and green tea, in particular, has been used as an enjoyable drink and for medicinal purposes in China as far back as 4,000 years ago. A Zen priest from the tenth century wrote a book all about the healthful benefits of green tea and believed it was helpful for maintaining many vital organs, including the heart. It sounds like they’ve known for a long time what we are just now discovering.

While the west has always had a love affair with coffee and black tea, Americans are now making room for the possibilities of green tea, in a big way. Recent studies support many of the antioxidant claims. A 2007 study by the United States Department of Agriculture shows that just one cup of green tea contains flavonoids in a higher content than many other foods and beverages considered to be healthy in nature. In addition, a recent study published at the University of Maryland indicates that green tea does have many antioxidant properties which may help support cardiovascular health, maintain healthy cholesterol levels and keep breast, lung, and other cells safe from the damage caused by oxidation and other stresses.

In addition to the traditional green tea drink, you can also find it as an extract. Green Tea Extract, made from unfermented tea leaves (Camellia sinensis), is an herbal concentrate containing powerful antioxidants; in fact, 20 times more antioxidant-active than Vitamin C. Sought after by health conscience humans, Green Tea Extract is associated with remarkable health benefits including cardiovascular and heart health, strengthening of the immune system, liver health, weight management, and keeping cells healthy.

While numerous research facilities continue to study the possible health benefits of green tea, initial findings make it a healthy inclusion into your daily diet. There are countless green tea products on the market right now, but consider your choices carefully, fair members. Many of the green tea beverages contain sugar and other additives that could sabotage a healthy diet plan.

So can 4,000 years of research be wrong? That’s for you to decide, of course.

Guido Housemouser, a pseudonym used by a team of health education professionals, is credited with authoring the bi-weekly newsletter entitled, “Our Health News” The publication serves the global community associated with Our Health Co-op that has provided affordable support for its members’ health for over a decade.

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