New studies on green tea show amazing improvement in a number of key health areas including your life span. A report released by Life Extension(1) put together many studies that shows how green tea(Camellia sinensis) effects DNA, osteoporosis, stroke risk, heart health, blood pressure, insulin resistance, and even how it prolongs life. Here are the groundbreaking results.
HEART HEALTH Studies show that as little as 4.5 grams(.16 oz) a day of ground green tea lowers LDL cholesterol by 40%. A large scale study found that heart attacks are lower by 32% and strokes by 36%. Those who consume the most have a 64% lower risk of narrowing of blood vessels that lead to heart attacks.
BRAIN HEALTH Loss of brain function is a result of aging and toxins. Green tea protects against Alzheimer’s by reducing abnormal proteins and inflammation. Learning and memory are shown to improve. Parkinson’s symptoms have also been reduced and even reversed in some cases. Tea protects against stroke by increasing oxidative enzymes and lowering artery inflammation.
BONE HEALTH Bone loss is caused by age and menopause that’s due to oxidative stress. Green tea catechins(antioxidants) stimulate new bone cells resulting in greater bone density. This is especially important for menopausal women to prevent osteoporosis.
METABOLIC SYNDROME This is defined as having three of these symptoms: excess abdominal fat, high blood pressure, abnormal lipid profiles or high glucose levels. 35% of all American adults and 50% of those over 60 years old have this problem. This is serious because it increases you chance of cancer, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. Green tea consumption results in lower blood pressure, greater insulin resistance and improved lipid profile.
LIFE EXTENSION All life depends on their genetic blueprint in their DNA that maintains healthy and renewable molecules. Green tea works on the mechanism of life by reducing oxidative stress(tissue damage) and DNA damage. Green tea was shown to reduced DNA damage in white blood cells by 30% after a single dose. Other studies show that tea prevents and even repairs damage caused by oxidative stress. In animals studies, they lived 14% longer with green tea. If you plan to live to 80, 14% is 11 extra years of life.
IN CONCLUSION Many of these studies were done with tea extract or powder. Matcha green tea is made from ground tea leaves and comes in powder form. I use 1/2 teaspoon of matcha that I dissolve in hot water every morning for over five years now. Thats equivalent to about 50 cups of brewed tea. Since it has caffeine, I don’t need to drink coffee anymore. Its easier on my stomach, I’m alert all day, and my blood pressure is lower.
L. Johnson of creativeretirementforwomen.com
For more references to the above studies, please see the Life Extension article listed here:
(1)Jenkins, H. “Green Tea: Protection from DNA Damage” Life Extension, 2016, May p38-46.
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