Friday, September 28, 2007

Green Tea - Multitude of Benefits

A growing number of studies in the past few years have turned up signs that consumption of green tea helps slow the development of heart disease and certain cancers. As chemists probe how this brew works its medicinal magic, they have increasingly homed in on a family of antioxidants known as catechins (pronounced cat-i-kins).

Lester A. Mitscher of the University of Kansas presented new data demonstrating that at least three of green tea’s catechins outperform a number of common natural antioxidants. In one test, for instance, the catechins proved 100 times more powerful than vitamin C in halting oxidative damage to DNA and 25 times more powerful than vitamin E. Their oxidation-quenching activity also surpassed that of the resveratrol in grapes and wine.

If you're not into drinking tea, Green Tea is available in capsules in a more concentrated form. I use Nature's Sunshine Green Tea Extra in capsules.

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