6 Green Tea Skin Benefits
Aug13

6 Green Tea Skin Benefits

Promoted as the miracle drink of modern times, green tea has become very popular all over the world. Over the last decades scientists have uncovered a variety of health benefits attributed to the natural ingredients of green tea. You may already be aware that it works wonders when it comes to cancer and weight loss, but do you know that it is also good for the skin? All modern skin and hair products use green tea as one of their main ingredients.  Used either as a cream, lotion or shampoo, or simply drunk on a daily basis, this anti-oxidant packed natural product helps fight free radicals that can cause premature aging or disease. Here is what green tea can do for your skin health: 1.  Fights free radicals Free radicals naturally occur in the body following the exposure to excess sunlight, pollution and smoking. Green tea skin benefits are explained by the potent antioxidants found in this drink, that increase the antioxidant capacity of tissues and blood. 2. Rejuvenates skin cells A 2003 study conducted by the Medical College of Georgia proved that green tea was able to rejuvenate old skin cells. It reported that in certain concentrations, EGCG stimulated aged keratinocytes (cells whose main function is to form a barrier against environmental damage) to generate biological energy and synthesize DNA, for renewed cell division. This is indeed an amazing finding. It has been proven that products based on the extract of this type of tea reverse the aging process at a cellular level, so with that in mind, you should start using these products to prevent your skin cells from deteriorating. Remember it’s easier to prevent than to fight the effect of aging. Used regularly, the skin products based on green tea increase the elasticity of the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles. 3. Neutralizes UV light There are a number of studies that have indicated that green tea extract neutralizes the damaging effects of UV rays on human skin. At a concentration level of 4 mg per 2.5 cm square of skin, subjects have received complete protection from sunburn. The sun protection benefits of green tea are well documented so you may want to apply a product based on it your regular sunscreen the next time you go to the beach.  And since the exposure to sunlight is a major aging factor for the skin, this is one way green tea creams can prevent premature aging. 4. Prevents skin cancer The positive effects of green tea when it comes to preventing and fighting cancer are well-known.  The rich polyphenol content in it fights...

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How Does Green Tea Diet Work?
Aug08

How Does Green Tea Diet Work?

If you are trying to lose weight and improve your overall health, I am sure you would be interested in a green tea diet. Dieters are always looking for a quick and easy, possibly effortless way to shed extra pounds and the closest they can come to this is green tea. Studies have shown that the catechins in green tea significantly encourage weight loss. What is a green tea diet? No, a green tea diet plan doesn’t mean you have to go on a liquid diet and drink tea all the time. In fact, it’s quite simple, what you need to do is start drinking green tea on a daily basis. Green tea can be found in many forms: loose leaves, tea bags, pills, powders that may contain different amounts of the active ingredients in green tea. You should follow the instructions on the boxes. If you make your own tea, three to five cups a day would be the recommended dosage in order to take advantage of the many benefits of green tea. Your diet should be a regular balanced diet, without any excesses. It’s not a must to count your calories, a small calorie deficit will suffice. At the same time, start doing some cardio or weight training to make sure you burn off the fat faster. Drink green tea in the morning, during the day and in the evening to boost your metabolism. How does green tea help in a weight loss diet Various studies have already proven that catechins – more precisely epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, offer a lot of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure to lowering cancer risk. Because green tea is obtained through the process of steaming the freshly picked leaves and there is not a lot of processing of the raw leaf, it has a high catechin content of over 25%. The reason why green tea is such an efficient calorie burner, the fact that EGCG  has the property of increasing thermogenesis – heat production – by influencing certain enzymes that play an important role in the metabolic process. This heat production does not mean you’ll start feeling hot after drinking the tea; it means that the number of calories you burn during a day doing your daily activities is increased. EGCG boosts the metabolism and accelerates weight loss. But that’s not all… green tea also suppresses the appetite and gives you more energy. Green tea’s ability to suppress the appetite is attributed mainly to the effect of norepinephrine and dopamine – two peptide hormones that activate the sympathetic nervous system which triggers a reduction in the desire for food and...

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Does Green Tea Really Speed Up Metabolism?
Aug05

Does Green Tea Really Speed Up Metabolism?

Green tea is the most popular drink today and some of its popularity is definitely due to the fact it helps with weight loss. Now, we are all looking for the miracle solution to shed extra pounds without any effort, but the big question is…Does green tea speed up metabolism? Does it really work? Metabolism is a series of biochemical processes within the body to maintain life. Your body is constantly burning calories when you’re eating, drinking, walking, or even sleeping. These calories are taken either from your food intake that day, or – in case you ate less calories than needed – from the fat reserves on different parts of your body. The big question is, can green tea influence the metabolic process? The answer is “Yes!” It has been scientifically proven that the ingredients in green tea help boost the metabolism and promote healthy weight loss. Several studies have been made and they all indicated that green tea consumers managed to lose more weight than the control group. But how does it work? One of the ingredients in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a type of catechin and it is to this ingredient that the beneficial properties of green tea are attributed. In a 1999 study of the University of Geneva, results proved that EGCG speeds up metabolism by 4% a day; so the body burns 4% more calories for everyday activities. Green tea increases thermogenesis – the process through which the body burns calories in order to produce heat. This means your body will start burning its fat reserves for “fuel”. If you can control your diet so as to create a small calorie deficit and drink green tea, you will soon see significant improvement in your weight. An added bonus to the thermogenetic effect of green tea is the fact that the coffee content in it will give you plenty of energy, so you can be active throughout the day and burn even more calories. Don’t worry, this caffeine is different from that of coffee, you it’s very unlikely you’ll get any of caffeine’s side effects. The symptoms of a slow metabolism include: fatigue low blood pressure constipation dry skin Green tea helps you improve all these as it gives you energy, raises blood pressure, and solves the constipation and skin problems. So you can’t go wrong with a cup of green tea. REFERENCES: http://jn.nutrition.org/content/139/2/264.short Effectiveness of green tea on weight reduction in obese Thais: A randomized, controlled trial...

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6 EGCG Benefits You Can’t Ignore
Jul01

6 EGCG Benefits You Can’t Ignore

EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate or 3-gallate) is the ester of gallic acid and epigallocatechin, a type of catechin. Present in tea, among other plants, it is a strong antioxidant with many therapeutic properties. Along with several related catechins it is believed to be responsible for the many health benefits associated with the regular consumption of green tea. If you want to be healthier, have more energy and prevent many diseases and illnesses, you should take advantage of this powerful antioxidant and start drinking tea to improve your health. There are multiple benefits associated with EGCG and no side effects. Photo Credit: Ravages The potential health benefits associated to EGCG and indirectly to green tea include among others cancer prevention, the improvement of cardiovascular health, neuronal disorders, diabetes, the protection of the skin from damaged caused by radiation and weight loss. So what are EGCG benefits? 1. Cancer prevention This powerful antioxidant fights off the free radicals in your body, prevent cell mutations that may cause cancer. With so many pollutants out there and the ever increasing threat of cancer, drinking green tea on a daily basis has proven to be effective in preventing (brain, prostate, cervical and bladder) cancer  and improving cellular health. 2. Cardiovascular health EGCG is an anti-inflammatory compound. This means it prevents the heart arteries from becoming swollen and clogged and it lower blood pressure. With a lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels will be lower and blood circulation better. Studies have shown in order to maintain cardiovascular health you should drink 5-6 cups per day containing 200-300 mg of EGCG. 3. Neuronal disorders and anxiety Huntington’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder has been proven to respond to EGCG if it is introduced at an early stage. The onset and progression of this disease has been delayed by 3-gallate as studies have demonstrated. Studies on animals have also proven the positive effect of this substance on anxiety. Behavioral tests on mice showed that EGCG has an amnesic and anxiolytic effect, much as benzodiazepine drugs. 4. Diabetes Researches from the University of Dundee, Scotland have proven the insulin-like properties of epigallocatechin gallate (it lowers glucose preventing renal injury). 5. Protection of the skin EGCG provides a broad-spectrum protection against UV light and immune system dysfunctions of the skin. It has been proven that although it does not block UV rays, it works by reducing inflammation and quenching free radicals. It is also believed that it helps prevent skin cancers resulting from the exposure to sun radiation. 6. Weight loss Studies suggest that 3-gallate boosts the metabolism and helps burn fat. It lowers the amount of fat stored on the body...

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20 Health Benefits Of Drinking Green Tea
May22

20 Health Benefits Of Drinking Green Tea

People have discovered the health benefits of green tea more than 4,000 years ago and in recent years they have scientifically tested them to discover that this drink has indeed miraculous properties. Its many benefits are mainly due to the anti-oxidizing properties coming from its of Theonone, Catechin Polyphenols and caffeine content. The limited oxidation or fermentation of the tea leaves during processing preserves their antioxidant properties from breaking down, thus making it more beneficial than the black or oolong varieties. Here are the most important benefits of green tea. 1. It boosts immunity. Studies have shown that people who drink this type of tea regularly are more resistant to viral and bacterial infections than those who don’t.  The antigens it contains prepare the body for bacterial invasion. The Catechin prevents the bacteria and viruses from attacking healthy cells and infecting them. It also fights the toxins released by various microbes. Numerous researches have proven that drinking tea promotes a strong immune response. 2. It has anti-aging properties. Our bodies are worn down in time by free radicals. The free radicals damage healthy cells by braking down the collagen levels and depleting them of oxygen. The main task of anti-oxidants is to neutralize the free radicals or oxidants present in the body. Green tea has high anti oxidizing properties, the Catechin Polyphenol present in it being the main responsible for the anti-oxidizing effect that slows down premature aging. This Catechin, in fact, contains 25 – 100 times more antioxidants than vitamins C or E. The products derived from the plant of Camellia Sinensis work great when taken internally or applied externally on the skin. Recent studies have proven that the skin benefits of the teas derived from this plant are real, and that they delay the development of some signs of aging due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 3. It helps fight cancer. The free radicals are also responsible for various types of cancer. The Cathechins in green tea neutralize these free radicals, preventing the formation of carcinogens and reducing the chances of cancer. Animal studies have suggested that this type of tea decreases cancerous cells multiplication, increases cancer cell death and prevents blood vessel spread in tumors. During one such study non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cells were transplanted into lab mice, green tea prevented 50% of tumors from taking hold and significantly inhibited the growth of such tumors. This type of tea inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells, colorectal cancer, skin cancer, bladder cancer, lung, pancreatic, stomach and prostate cancer. In all cases, EGCG has proven to be the most powerful biologic inhibitor of cancer cell proliferation. 4....

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