Discovered in ancient China, green tea was once only the beverage of the highest nobility. However, today green tea is a common beverage of all class and has been gaining increasing interest as more is being discovered about the drink. Green tea has been found to successfully treat arthritis, high cholesterol, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer. After 4,000 years of successfully using green tea to treat illnesses, we are still learning more about it and its true potential today.
Green tea treats afflictions because of its high levels of catechin polyphenols and epigallocatechin gallate. They are extremely powerful antioxidants which stop the growth of cancerous and other harmful cells without harming health cells. Green tea’s antioxidants also reduce the LDL cholesterol levels and the chances of abnormal blood clots. This is a major benefit because abnormal blood clots are the leading causes of heart attack and stroke. Americans are heavily stricken with the burden of heart disease much more heavily than many other nations. The French diet contains high levels of fatty food and on average much more of it than most Americans but their level of heart disease is much lower. Nutritionist have found that resveratrol, an antioxidant in red wine, has similar effects as green tea in stopping blood clots and explains why the French who eat more unhealthily and smoke more than American get away with their unhealthy diet. Epigallocatechin gallate found in green tea is two times more powerful as an antioxidant than resveratrol in the French red wine. That is why countries like China in which seventy five percent of their people smoke cigarettes is able to maintain a very low level of heart disease. Epigallocatechin gallate is the most powerful natural antioxidant available.
The benefits of green tea are enormous. Green tea performs miracles that modern medicine is still trying to figure out. The biggest advantage to green tea is most likely the fact that it is enjoyable to drink! No synthetic lab created chemicals but a natural herb that grows right out of the ground is the solution to these numerous health issues.