(Camellia sinensis; 250 mg/ml)
â€¢ Used as an antioxidant adjunct to diet and lifestyle to promote heart health, reduce serum cholesterol and triglycerides and increase HDL (â€˜good' cholesterol) to prevent atherosclerosis â€¢ Used as an antioxidant adjunct to diet and lifestyle to help prevent cancer
Green tea, which is simply unfermented black tea, has a long and distinguished history of use in the East as a beverage with medicinal properties. In recent years, research studies have confirmed its astonishing therapeutic benefits.
A monograph authored by the University of Maryland Health Center refers to green tea as containing â€œthe highest concentration of polyphenols, chemicals that act as powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicalsâ€”damaging compounds in the body that alter cell membranes, tamper with DNA (genetic material), and even cause cell deathâ€¦Free radicals are believed to contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health problems including cancer and heart disease.â€
As researcher Michael Brown explains, â€œA growing body of research has demonstrated green tea polyphenols to be powerful antioxidants with anticarcinogenic properties. These polyphenolic compoundsâ€¦ are believed to mediate many cancer (cancer) preventative effects. Mechanisms of action may include antioxidant and free-radical scavenging activity, and stimulation of detoxification systemsâ€¦ In addition, green tea may inhibit biochemical markers of tumor initiation and promotion, including the rate of cell replication and thus inhibition of the growth and development of (cancer). Current studiesâ€¦ show an inverse association between green tea consumption and cancer risk.â€
Scientists have found too that, â€œThe inverse association between consumption of green tea and various serum markers shows that green tea may act protectively against cardiovascular disease.â€