Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green Tea Health Benefits

Did you know that drinking green tea can help fight cancer and heart disease, lower cholesterol, burn fat, help prevent diabetes and stroke, improve memory, minimize the effects of Alzheimer’s, and help reduce inflammation? It’s hard to imagine one beverage can be attributed to so many health benefits, but the science is there. So grab yourself a nice cup of green tea and read about the health benefits:

Fight Cancer with Green Tea

According to a wide range of studies (the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Columbia University Medical Center, University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, etc..), regular consumption of green tea results in a lower risk of many cancers. These cancers range from throat, stomach, colon, pancreatic, lung, skin, and breast cancer.

These studies identify the polyphenols in green tea as the cancer fighting agent. More specifically, one compound—epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) appears to inhibit cancer cell growth and also trigger apoptosis, also known as programmed cell death.

Heart Disease, Cholesterol and Green Tea

Heart health is important for a long and healthy life. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Green tea helps promote a healthy cardiovascular system in a variety of ways.

According to a study in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation , drinking green tea rapidly improves the health of the delicate cells lining the blood vessels and helps lower the risk of heart disease.

A 2011 study found that green tea significantly lowered LDL or “bad” cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Another 2011 study found that people who drank the most green tea had a 28% lower risk of coronary artery disease than those who drank the least green tea.

Prevent stroke with Green Tea

The formation of abnormal blood clots (thrombosis) is the leading cause of heart attack and stroke, and green tea has been shown to inhibit abnormal blood clot formation as effectively as aspirin.

Hypertension and Green Tea

A major cause of hypertension (high blood pressure) is an enzyme secreted by the kidneys called angiotension- converting enzyme (ACE). Many hypertension drugs act as ACE inhibitors. Green tea is a natural ACE inhibitor, and several medical studies show lowered blood pressure in animals and humans given green tea extracts.

Lose Weight Drinking Green Tea

Green tea helps burn fat by increasing metabolic rate. A recent U.S. study of overweight men found that, with no other changes to their diet or exercise regimes, drinking green tea three times a day burned up 200 extra calories a day. The green tea drinkers also found that their energy levels were greatly increased.

Protect against Diabetes with Green Tea

Green tea can help protect against diabetes by inhibiting amylase, an enzyme that breaks starch down into simple sugars, which are then absorbed in the bloodstream. Green tea polyphenols inhibit amylase, thus lowering blood sugar levels. High blood levels of glucose and insulin predispose people to diabetes.

Arthritis and Green Tea

A recent study found that antioxidants in green tea may prevent or reduce the severity of symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Antioxidants in the tea inhibit the Cox-2 gene that triggers inflammation, working in much the same way as anti-inflammatory drugs.

Alzheimer’s and Green Tea

Alzheimer’s is caused when plaques, or misshapen clusters of proteins, interfere with the neurons of the brain. Researchers at the University of Michigan discovered that the EGCG in green tea prevented the aggregation of this plaque and even helped the plaque break down. EGCG has also been found to prevent against other forms of dementia.

Green tea and Immunity

Gargling with green tea boosts immunity to influenza and flu, according to a study in Japan.

Research at Harvard University also indicated that green tea chemicals stimulated gammadelta T-cells, which bolster immunity against bacteria and viruses.

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Herbal Tea for Allergies

Herbal Tea For Allergy

Tea for Allergy Season

With the approach of allergy season, many reach for over the counter medication for relief from sinus aches, runny nose, and itchy eyes. However, relief can be found in a good cup of herbal tea.

There are certain herbs that provide natural antihistamine benefits in addition to other anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, herbal tea is an excellent way to stay hydrated and fill up on antioxidants.

What herbs are good for allergies?

The following herbs help alleviate the symptoms associated with allergies. All these ingredients can be found in our Organic Allergy Tonic tea.

Rooibos:

Rooibos is a naturally caffeine free herbal tea from South Africa. It has smooth, full bodied, and slightly sweet flavor that makes it a popular beverage. South Africans have used Rooibos for centuries for the treatment of a variety of ailments, including allergies, cramps, colic, insomnia, and eczema.

Rooibos contains two bioflavonoids called rutin and quercetin. These compounds block the release of histamine, a chemical the body produces in response to allergens. These compounds work both inside and outside of the body. A tea infusion can be consumed to prevent and relieve allergies. As used in South African hospitals, infusions can also be rubbed on the skin to treat irritations.

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Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate is an herbal shrub or tree that’s found in places such as Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Yerba Mate stimulates the adrenal glands to produce corticosteroids. This helps suppress overactive immune system responses to allergens, suppress inflammation, and creates more oxygen flow by opening the respiratory passages. It is important to note that Yerba Mate contains caffeine, which may keep people awake at night if consumed too late in the day.

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Ginger

Ginger is a natural antihistamine, so it relieves allergy problems in the sinus. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can provide relief to any aches accompanying a bout of allergies. In addition, ginger is traditionally consumed for relief of digestive disorders and to calm the stomach.

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Lemon Balm

Lemon balm, named for its lemon scent, is a member of the mint family and is considered a “calming” herb. It has many medicinal qualities including being used to fight colds, settle sore stomachs, ease headaches, lower blood pressure and ease menstrual and respiratory problems. It has also been found that Lemon Balm has helped decrease stress and agitation in patients with Alzheimer disease and dementia.

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Other Herbs:

Stinging nettle and peppermint are traditional herbs for relieving the symptoms of allergies. Nettle is particularly effective in treating allergic rhinitis, relieving the symptoms of itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose. The essential oil of peppermint acts as a decongestant, and substances in peppermint contain anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial constituents. Nettle and peppermint can be found in our Organic Orange Detox Tea.

When to drink your herbal tea:

Don’t wait for symptoms to develop, drink allergy relieving herbs daily to prevent the onset of allergies. In addition to allergy relieving benefits, these herbal teas will provide other nutritional benefits that compliment a healthy lifestyle.

Did you know: We created a tea just for allergy relief? Organic Allergy Tonic tea.