Health Benefits Of Green Tea
Green tea has been consumed for ages in countries like India, China, Thailand or Japan. Traditional Chinese and Indian medicine has recognized the benefits of green tea for centuries.
Practitioners have used this tea as a stimulant diuretic, helping in excretion of urine, or an astringent, that can control bleeding and heal wounds faster. It has been prescribed to improve heart health, treat flatulence, regulate body temperature, promote digestion and controlling blood sugar and improving brain health.
The processing method of green tea is accountable for the higher concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols. Polyphenols are substances that can help us by protecting against common health problems and can slower certain effects of the aging process.
They act as antioxidants and can also block the action of enzymes that are favorable for cancer growth, while at the same time deactivating the compounds responsible for cancer growths.
Antioxidants are compounds that fight free radicals, which are responsible for tissue damage by altering DNA material in our cells, causing cell death.
Free radicals are formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. They start chain reactions with DNA or the cell membranes. As a result, cells function improperly and finally dies. In order to limit the damage caused by free radicals, our bodies have a defense system of antioxidants. These molecules interact with free radicals and stop the chain reactions before vital damage to the cell occurs. But environmental toxins such as ultraviolet rays, radiation, air pollution, cigarette smoke alter our bodies’ capacity to fight free radicals.
Free radicals are largely responsible for the aging process, thus antioxidants can slow down this process and also help in preventing health problems such as heart disease and stroke, while also reducing the risk of cancer.