Since ancient times, the Chinese have known about the health and beauty benefits of green tea.
Green tea contains a cocktail of potent antioxidants called catechin pholyhpenols and in particular pigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which help slow aging, fight free radicals, inhibits the growth of cancer cells, reduce sun damage skin and provides anti-inflammatory effect.
Green tea is also high in vitamins C, D and K, as well as riboflavin, zinc, calcium, magnesium and iron. A cup of green tea a day will help keep the doctor away.
Written By David Brenner
Green Tea Skin Benefits #1:
Anti-Aging Effects – Fighting Free Radicals
Green tea contains potent antioxidants called catechins, and tea extract is proven to increase antioxidants activity in the blood. The active ingredient catechin, has been found to outperform Vitamin C and beta-carotene ten times in scavenging the alkyl peroxyl radical.
Antioxidants help to fight skin damage caused by free radicals leading to its anti-aging properties.
Green Tea Benefits #2:
Prevent Skin Cancer
Green tea prevents various types of cancer by:
Neutralizing cancer causing agents
Protecting cells against mutation from cancer causing agents by interfering with the binding cancer-causing agents
Inhibiting bacterial-induced DNA mutations that also can lead to certain cancers.
Protecting against the effects of ionizing radiation and ultraviolet radiation.
Green Tea Benefits #3:
Protecting Against Cardiovascular Disease
Green tea has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and serum triglyceride levels. The potent antioxidant effects of green tea inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in the arteries. The oxidation of LDL cholesterol plays a major contributory role in the formation of atherosclerosis.
Green tea reduces the risk of arterial blood clotting by two known mechanisms. First, green tea inhibits another clotting agent called platelet activating factor (PAF). Reducing thromboxane A2 levels is highly desirable. Thromboxane not only causes arterial blood clots, but also causes arterial constriction. The inhibition of thromboxane can prevent a heart attack or a thrombotic stroke.
Green Tea Skin Benefits #4:
Sooth Acne And Lighten Skin
Green tea has proved to be anti-bacterial that reduces inflammation, decreases hormone activity, capable of killing the potentially deadly Staphylococcus Aureus and the bacteria that cause Bacterium acne.
Green tea’s antioxidants have been shown to be highly beneficial to acne prevention. These antioxidants help your body to fight against free radicals that cause damage to cells and tissues in your body. Green tea therapy is less toxic and has fewer or no side effects as compare to other drug based products.
Green Tea Skin Benefits #5:
Rejuvenate Skin Cells
One study, performed in 2003 by Dr. Stephen Hsu (a cell biologist) of the Medical College of Georgia Department of Oral Biology, found that green tea was able to rejuvenate old skin cells that were at the end of their life cycle.
EGCG reactivated dying skin cells. “Cells that migrate toward the surface of the skin normally live about 28 days, and by day 20, they basically sit on the upper layer of the skin getting ready to die,” Dr. Hsu said. “But EGCG reactivates them. I was so surprised.”
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