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One cup of green tea provides more antioxidant effects than one serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots and strawberries!

Lynn Griffith
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Tea purchases have risen in the past 20 year; annual supermarket sales yield more than 2.2 billion dollars.  The Tea Association of the U.S. reports that on any given day, 160 million Americans drink tea! (1)

How did tea come into origin?  An ancient Chinese legend reports that 5,000 years ago, an emperor noticed a fragrant smell coming from a container of boiling water that leaves fell in.  The emperor was unable to resist tasting the water and was delighted by the flavor.  During the Teng Dynasty, tea became a household staple.  It was purchased in bulk and ground in a mortar.(2)

160 million Americans drink tea on a daily basis, causing tea sales to rise each year

Tea has been associated with numerous health benefits.   The EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), a compound in green tea, may help trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells.  In the study, researchers found that EGCG kills the cell’s mitochondria and causes cancer cells to “reduce the expression of anti-oxidant genes, further lowering its defenses.” (3)

Green tea is a great source of antioxidants and alkaloids.  It is also packed with vitamins A, D, E, C, B, B5, H, K, and manganese.  In regards to minerals, green tea supplies zinc, chromium, and selenium to the body.  Fresh tea leaves are plentiful in polyphenols, which help kill free radicals in the body. (2)

EGCG found in green tea kills oral cancer cells

ECGC is known as the most powerful catechin in green tea.  A single cup supplies the body with 20 to 35 mg of EGCG.  One study reports that EGCG is 25 to 100 times stronger than vitamins C and E.  Another study reports that one cup of green tea has a higher antioxidant impact than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots, and strawberries. (2)

Green tea is useful for obtaining mental clarity, preventing diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer and other illness.  One study examined the impact of green tea on preventing and progression of ovarian cancer.  Researchers noticed significance between green tea consumption and the decline of ovarian cancer.  Another study saw the same results when assessing green tea’s ability to protect against breast cancer. (2)

Green tea also effective in killing ovarian and breast cancer cells

Another study found that green tea consumption may be helpful for post-menopausal women who suffer from bladder dysfunction.  The study found that this can be linked to hormone deficiency, and that the catechin content of green tea was helpful due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties. (2)

If you do not consume green tea on a regular basis, it may be time to stock up.  If you are not a tea drinker, try using it as a liquid base to a smoothie, cooking your quinoa or other grain in green tea, or adding tea leaves to a soup.  If you find that you still struggle to maintain regular tea consumption, perhaps consider a high quality supplement.

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.washingtonpost.com
(2) foodfacts.mercola.com
(3) www.sciencedaily.com

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 "Bee's Knees Vintage Cafe Green Tea Latte" by kawaiikiri (Featured Image)
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