Tea has been consumed for millennia and has, as modern medicine is showing, a variety of seemingly miraculous properties. Yet for those who want the benefits without the taste (coffee devotees call it “grassy”) or those who do not want to risk exposing themselves to unhealthy amounts of aluminum or fluoride by downing a gallon of the stuff every day, there are extracts of green and black tea that make getting the benefits fast, simple, and if you prefer coffee, painless. Most commonly it is used as a weight loss supplement, but the compounds in green and black tea (though there is some overlap, they both hold unique benefits) also exhibit anticarcinogenic, antiviral, anti-thrombotic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-athelesclerotic properties.
Anyway, I think that covers all the antis.
Polyphenols maintain healthy cholesterol levels by reducing the oxidation of LDL-C (Cicero, 2017). They have a positive impact on circulating lipids and lipoproteins. Cocoa, tea, grapes, and berries are especially rich sources. Oolong tea has been repeatedly linked with lower risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality (Lee, 2017). L-Theanine, covered in a previous post, is in great demand now because it is not just a natural way to relieve stress, but also as a neuroprotectant. Sharma writes “-Th has become choice ingredient in CNS active products due to its anti-stress and neuroprotective role in dementias particularly in retrogression of Alzheimer’s. l-Th biochemically modulates various anti-neoplastic agents by increasing their bioavailability in tumour cells.” Catechins, a type of phytochemical, reduce diabetes and Alzheimer’s risk indirectly by fighting obesity, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia, but there is also evidence that they may prevent the formation of beta amyloid plaques and generally improve cognitive function, making “useful in treating patients who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.”
Williamson concludes that “coffee and tea both reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, through action of their constituent polyphenols.” Swinton notes that “epicatechi (Epi), enhances long-term memory (LTM) formation in Lymnaea and reverses memory obstruction caused by stress. Many foods contain substantial amounts of Epi, (e.g. green tea and cocoa).“
Another constituent of tea, Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is effective against a wide variety of viruses, including some old favorites like influenza, Herpes simplex, rotavirus, and enterovirus.
Its antibacterial powers have been demonstrated again and again against “Staphylococcus aureus, Vibrio cholerae, Escherichia coli, Shigella spp., Salmonella spp., Bacillus spp., Klebsiella spp. and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.” (Yiannakopoulou, 2012). It even can duke it out with fungus, including the nasty and much discussed Candida Albicans — an opportunistic pathogenic yeast in your gut. Some of the benefits to oral health seem to be gained from drinking the stuff. However, in this area extracts, like liquid tea, also help by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation. When consumed in the traditional manner it can help with halitosis by modifying sulfur components. It also encourages the death of cancer cells in the mouth (Singhai, 2017 ) Excitingly, green tea extract “resulted in significant improvement in metabolic, chemical, inflammatory and radiological parameters of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease patients” (Hussain, 2017) However, people with liver conditions (or who are taking certain medications) should speak to their physician before taking green or black tea extract – particularly in the amounts found in some weight-loss supplements. Alcohol should be used in cautiously or, preferably, avoided altogether.
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