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Green Tea, an effective anti-oxidant herbal medicine

Where does Green Tea come from?

Green Tea has been consumed throughout the ages in India, China, Japan and Thailand.

In traditional medicine, Green Tea was used as a diuretic and to promote longevity. In modern times, Green Tea is used as a powerful anti-oxidant, ridding the body of harmful chemicals.

The leaves from the tea plant is first steamed and then rolled and dried. Steaming the leaves kill enzymes which would promote fermenting. The lack of fermenting gives Green Tea its unique flavour and preserves the naturally present anti-oxidants.

The Green Tea plant (Camellia sinensis) grows throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

How can Green Tea help me?

Studies have shown that the rate of certain types of cancer is lower among people who drink Green Tea, including breast, stomach and skin cancers.

Green Tea’s main anti-oxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin-gallate) may be one of the most powerful anticancer compounds ever discovered. This component of Green Tea protects cells against damage, but remarkably does not damage healthy cells.

Further benefits of Green Tea’s anti-oxidant properties include the prevention of coronary artery disease and the lowering of cholesterol.

Traditionally, Green Tea was used to control blood sugar in the body.

Green Tea is used to assist in weight loss as it boosts the metabolism and burns fat. Many herbal weight loss products contain extracts of Green Tea.

Inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis may be reduced with the use of Green Tea.

Green Tea also contains fluoride which inhibits tooth decay.

If I am already on medicine, what are the interactions or side effects I need to know about when using Green Tea?

Please consult your medical practitioner prior to using any herbal medications should you be under their care.

People who are sensitive to caffeine should take care when drinking Green Tea as it contains about 40mg of caffeine per cup.

As Green Tea contains such a high dose of caffeine, pregnant and lactating women should limit their consumption.

Green Tea and aspirin should not be taken together as both have anti-coagulant properties and can cause bleeding. Green Tea contains Vitamin K, which influences blood clotting and should not be taken if you are using blood thinning medication such as Warfarin.

Oral contraceptives increase the amount of time that caffeine stays in the body and could increase its stimulating properties.

If at any time you experience nausea, dizziness, tremors and heart palpitations after drinking Green Tea, you should limit your consumption.

How do I take Green Tea?

You can get the benefits of Green Tea in capsule or tablet form, or by drinking several cups of Green Tea every day.

A sufficient dosage is 240 to 320mg of polyphenols (anti-oxidant.)

Take Green Tea supplements at meals with a full glass of water. Freshly brewed Green Tea can be taken on its own or with meals.

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