Green Tea

Green tea is well known for its many health benefits. However, five or more cups of green tea is necessary to receive all the health protection that it offers. Green tea is available in many other forms, not just as a beverage. One can get green tea capsules or supplements - for a busy person, this may be just what you need, and will allow you to gain all the nutritional and medicinal benefits of the green tea simply by swallowing a pill.

Green tea capsules have a multitude of beneficial effects on the body. These include the ability to lower cholesterol levels and control high blood pressure, slowing the progression of arthritis, and protecting against cardiovascular diseases. The powerful antioxidants that green tea contains act to protect DNA from damage by harmful free radicals that may be increased by air pollution or other toxins. Green tea capsules help with weight loss as well, as the green tea jump-starts the metabolism and helps it to burn more calories and fat.

Studies show that green tea capsules may even help to prevent a number of types of cancer, including breast cancer and liver cancer. In the case of breast cancer, it prevents the growth and spreading of cancer cells, and contains chemicals that stop the chemical estrogen from acting to stimulate cancer cells. For much the same reasons, green tea capsules are often used to treat menopause as well. Research demonstrates that the use of green tea capsules helps to lessen the effects of menopause for women who use them.

As early as 1994 an article published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that a regular diet that included green tea could reduce the risks of esophageal cancer by as much as 60%. The study found that certain compounds found in green tea tended to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Apparently it's the fact that green tea is high in an anti-oxidant known as "epigallocatechin gallate", or EGCG for short. Clinical tests show that EGCG not only inhibits the growth of new cancer cells, but it kills some existing cancer cells without harming normal cells.

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Green Tea Extract Benefits
There are many health benefits of green tea extract, below is a quick list highlighting some of them:
arw Green tea leaf extract contains EGCG, a powerful antioxidant 200 times more potent than vitamin E

arw Its rich in bioflavonoid, and protects against digestive and respiratory infections

arw It has thermogenic effects that aids in weight loss without causing jitters or other unwanted side effects

arw Green tea extract helps decrease hormone activity and is an effective treatment for acne

arw Green tea leaf is anti bacterial, helps lower cholesterol, reduces inflammation, and lowers blood pressure

arw It also help prevent some forms of cancer including colon, pancreatic, and stomach cancer

arw Green tea extract stimulates the immune system, and also helps defend against dental plaque
  Green tea extract also protects against liver damage
arw Some new research suggests green tea may help prevent liver transplant failure in patients

The Good Things about Taking Green Tea Capsules
Just like any green tea products, the capsules are also enriched with antioxidants that fight cancer causing free radicals inside the body. Yet compared to the liquid form, it is proven via many researches that drinking the capsules will emit higher antioxidant activity in the body after taking it for a matter of eight hours
1. Weight Loss Aid
Green tea capsules also helps in faster weight loss as it contains elements that triggers the body’s ability to burn fats swiftly. Metabolism is also heightening when having green tea pills, hence you shed calories faster.
2. Improved Insulin Sensitivity
Individuals suffering from diabetes will benefits from drinking this capsule as it is believed to boost one’s insulin sensitivity.
3. Cholesterol Level
Avoid the possibility of encountering heart attacks by having capsules made from green tea as they lower cholesterol levels in the body. Also, it can stop migraines and stomach problems.
4. Reduce Plaque
This one may sound surprising but drinking green tea supplements is also known to reduce plaque bacteria on the teeth. Lesser plaque means lower cavities, hence you avoid tooth decays and other problems associated with it.

Green tea extracts in capsule form are recommended for daily dosages of 100 to 150mg three times daily.

Generally, green tea has little or no side-effects. However, it does contain caffeine, and individuals with conditions that may be complicated by caffeine intake should consult a medical expert before using green tea extracts. Pregnant women should also consult their doctors before using green tea. Individuals take MAOI inhibitors (anti-depressant) should avoid taking green tea.


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