(Camellia sinensis; 250 mg/ml)
• Used as an antioxidant adjunct to diet and lifestyle to promote heart health, reduce serum cholesterol and triglycerides and increase HDL (‘good' cholesterol) to prevent atherosclerosis • 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 “the highest concentration of polyphenols, chemicals that act as powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals—damaging compounds in the body that alter cell membranes, tamper with DNA (genetic material), and even cause cell death…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.”
As researcher Michael Brown explains, “A growing body of research has demonstrated green tea polyphenols to be powerful antioxidants with anticarcinogenic properties. These polyphenolic compounds… are believed to mediate many cancer (cancer) preventative effects. Mechanisms of action may include antioxidant and free-radical scavenging activity, and stimulation of detoxification systems… 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 studies… show an inverse association between green tea consumption and cancer risk.”
Scientists have found too that, “The inverse association between consumption of green tea and various serum markers shows that green tea may act protectively against cardiovascular disease.”