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Ten Reasons to Drink Green Tea

Sunday, October 29th 2023 10:00am 3 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Numerous experts in the field of nutrition argue that pure water stands as the most beneficial way to quench thirst. While this choice is undoubtedly commendable and far superior to fruit juices or soda, both of which can lead to blood sugar spikes and weight gain, I hold the belief that there exists an even more exceptional option: green tea.

Derived from the lightly steamed leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, green tea’s origins trace back to its first brewing in China during Emperor Shennong’s reign in 2737 B.C. Revered across various cultures and traditions in Asia for centuries, its popularity has experienced a remarkable surge in the Western world, particularly in the United States, over the last two decades.

This surge in popularity is fortuitous, given that research into this age-old beverage has substantiated its enduring reputation for promoting physical and mental well-being. Scientific investigations have highlighted the following aspects of green tea:

1. Abundance of Antioxidants

Among these are polyphenols like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which possess potent abilities to neutralize harmful “free radicals”—byproducts of metabolism that are chemically reactive and capable of harming cells. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that the polyphenols present in green tea offer six times the radical-neutralizing capacity compared to those found in black tea.

2. Support for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition indicates that individuals consuming five or more cups of green tea per day have a lower likelihood of developing hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, or succumbing to cardiovascular diseases or strokes. Animal studies also suggest that EGCG can enhance heart health by preventing “overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy,” which involves thickening of the heart muscles.

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