Green tea is probably the most hyped health product available and it has been predictably made into green tea pills to supplement those with a hectic lifestyle. This is all well and good. Marketers are telling you that if you take green tea pills you will never get cancer. Marketers do that. They find a product, such as green tea, with some health benefits and market that to you, pushing all your emotional buttons. They put you in a situation where you have to buy green tea pills or you feel guilty for the rest of your life. Not to mention if you get one of the diseases green tea and green tea pills are supposed to eliminate.
So just what is so special about green tea?
Green tea has many proven health benefits. From claims that green tea can cure cancer to claims that green tea can cut down on cholesterol. All the claims for the miracle of green tea are there. What is the science? What does green tea have that makes it so special?
The thing that makes green tea so special is the high levels of catechin polyphenols, especially epigallocatechin gallate (or EGCG). EGCG is a chemical known as an anti oxidant and a strong one at that. Another strong polyphenol is resveratrol, the good thing found in red wine. The anti oxidant found in green tea is significantly stronger than that in red wine. Anti oxidants have been proved to slow down the growth of cancer cells and even to eliminate cancer cells from the human body without damaging the surrounding tissue. The EGCG is not oxidised and destroyed when green tea is processed. It is destroyed in almost all other form of tea. Pretty neat. A cure for cancer that tastes good.
EGCG has also been shown to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood stream as well as reducing the number of spontaneous blood clots. Remember, green tea is absolutely loaded with EGCG. Feeling thirsty? I am.
Green tea and green tea pills can also help to reduce food poisoning and tooth decay. The reason behind this is simple. The same bacteria killing elements present in green tea will also destroy plaque on your teeth.
Are there any side effects I hear you ask? There has only been one recorded side effect of green tea. Since green tea does contain caffein, it is liable to give you a little insomnia. There is a cure for this though. Don’t drink green tea before you go to bed.