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Green Tea

posted by stevewatson77 May 19, 2016 0 comments

What is green tea?

Originating in China, this tea is derived from camellia sinensis leaves, consumption of which can massively assist with several modern day health issues including elevated levels of free radicals,  cardio vascular disease; aid regulating blood sugar and reducing inflammation. Each of these ailments are heavily influenced by a modern western lifestyle, which is often packed full of stress, fast and sugary foods and lack of exercise. The key micro nutrients within green tea that contribute to this powerful influence on the body are Flavonoids and Catechins. Flavonoids are plant metabolites also found in fruit and vegetables and very influential in protecting the body against infection and reducing cellular damage from free radicals, this can lead to premature signs of aging and even cancer. Catechins are a type of polyphenol found in abundance within green tea in various forms, including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG); epicatechin gallate (ECG); epigallocatechin (EGC) and epicatechin (EC). These catechins are incredibly powerful antioxidants, yielding over 25 times more potency than vitamin C.

Who should take this supplement?

Due to Green Tea’s multi-faceted impact on the body, it is a great addition to any diet where the aim is to improve general health and help protect against cellular damage, elevated blood sugar and cardio vascular disease. If you do suffer from stress it would also be advisable to replace coffee intake with green tea, as green tea will still act as a mild stimulant however won’t elevate the heart rate and cortisol levels to the same degree. Further to this, if you exercise on a regular basis and muscle inflammation is inevitable then green tea will aid you in reducing this and assist with your recovery.

Dosage?

2-3 cups per day.

 

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