Three Bags of Green Tea a Day Can Cheat Heart Attack
You may notice that this article is also somewhat related to the article "Hidden Diabetes". Most heart-related diseases have one thing in common. We will discuss the matter more with you in some upcoming issues. Globally, heart-related diseases are tremendously increasing regardless of age, so what is the reason behind it?
"Green tea" is a tea that has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. It became so popular not only in Japan but also around the world, because of its medicinal benefits. In the West, people drink more black tea which is made from the same tea leaves but is heavily oxidized during processing, resulting to its loss of medicinal properties. All teas (green, black, and oolong) are derived from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The difference is in how the plucked leaves are prepared. Green tea, unlike black and oolong tea, is not fermented, so the active constituents remain unaltered in the herb.
History of Green Tea
Green Tea has been recognized as a medicinal beverage to promote health in mind and body for about 5000 years now. The earliest known reference to tea as a health aid dates back to 2737 B.C. according to a history book.
Proponents of green tea note that its medicinal benefits have been described for over 1000 years. "Book of Tea" written in 1191, describes how drinking green tea can have a positive effect on the five vital organs, especially the heart. The book discusses tea's medicinal qualities which include easing the effects of alcohol, acting as a stimulant, curing blotchiness, quenching thirst, eliminating indigestion, curing beriberi disease, preventing fatigue, and improving urinary and brain function.
Traditional Chinese medicine has recommended green tea for headaches, body aches and pains, digestion, depression, immune enhancement, detoxification, as an energizer, and to prolong life. Modern research has confirmed many of these health benefits.
However, just to let you know that there is no credible and scientific evidence that drinking green tea reduces the risk of getting cancer disease according to our 20 years of research. Other study conducted shows that people who consumed three or more cups of green tea daily had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease. We like to believe that the consumption of green tea more than 3 bags per day would substantially contribute to prolonging life expectancy, too.
We believe that 3 bags of green tea (about a liter or 9-10 cups of tea) consumed each day provides high levels of polyphenols, catechins and other antioxidants. These compounds may work in several ways to improve cardiovascular health, including preventing blood platelets from sticking together and improving cholesterol levels. Also, green tea may prevent the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the "bad" type), which, in turn, can reduce the buildup of plaque in arteries. Green tea provides 10-40 mg of polyphenols and has antioxidant effects greater than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots, or strawberries.
Green tea is not only for drinking, but for external medical use as well. I can remember in 1940s, when Japan was still at the bottom of economy. There's lack of food, schools, job, doctors, medicines, and many others. As a small boy, I suffered from eye disease called trachoma. There were no eye doctors in our district. A doctor of internal medicine near our area told us to wash my eyes with green tea several times everyday. Amazingly, my trachoma disappeared in about 30 days.
My elder brother was suffering from skin allergy during those hard times. The same doctor suggested washing the affected skin with green tea. My father suffered from stomach ulcer. Then the suggestion from the same doctor was to drink green tea. The doctor was named as "Green tea doctor". However, during those times, green tea was remarkably for everything and it worked fine without any doubt.
Recent study shows that when used green tea bag, is placed in your eyelid, your headache, fatigue, and stress will be eradicated, if not, reduced dramatically.
People during those hard times, with lack of food, were healthier than today. They were not fatty people as many as today. People enjoyed drinking green tea. Today, young generations prefer more carbonated soft drinks.
Properties of Green Tea
Green tea contains volatile oils, vitamins, and minerals, no caffeine, but the active constituents are polyphenols, particularly the catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
Polyphenols - The polyphenols in green tea have been shown to stimulate the production of several immune system cells, and have antibacterial properties—even against the bacteria that cause dental plaque. The polyphenols are believed to be responsible for most of green tea's roles in promoting good health.
Catechin - reacts with toxins created by harmful bacteria and harmful metals such as lead, mercury, chrome, and cadmium. Researchers believe that catechin is effective because it easily sticks to proteins, blocking bacteria from adhering to cell walls and disrupting their ability to destroy them. Viruses have hooks on their surfaces and can attach to cell walls. The catechin in green tea prevents viruses from adhering and causing harm. Catechins are linked to evidence of fighting tumors according to some scientists, as well as enhancing immune system function, due to their polyphenol antioxidant.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
- You can be young again with green tea that have polyphenols, ECGC content and catechin content.
- The high antioxidant activity of green tea makes it beneficial for protecting the body from oxidative damage.
- Research shows that green tea may help the arterial wall by reducing oxidized lipids. Green tea can protect against experimentally induced DNA damage, and slow or halt the initiation and progression of undesirable cell colonies.
- Green tea provides immunoprotective qualities particularly in the case of patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.
- White blood cell count appear to be maintained more effectively in patients consuming green tea compared to nonsupplemented patients.
- Study showed that elderly Japanese people who drank more than 2 cups of green tea a day had a 50 percent lower chance of cognitive impairment than those who drank less green tea, or who consumed other tested beverages. The high amount of catechins in green tea was believed to be responsible.
- Research demonstrates that green tea guards against cardiovascular disease in many ways. Green tea lowers total cholesterol levels and improves the cholesterol profile (the ratio of LDL cholesterol to HDL cholesterol), reduces platelet aggregation, and lowers blood pressure.
Green Tea for Allergies
Allergy sufferers may want to add green tea to their sniffle-fighting arsenal. New evidence suggests that drinking the popular brew may provide some relief. Researchers in Japan identified a compound in green tea that, in laboratory tests, blocks a key cell receptor involved in producing an allergic response. Green tea appears to be a promising source for effective anti-allergenic agents; therefore, if you have allergies, you should consider drinking green tea. Your allergy symptoms may disappear. For years, people have been drinking tea to fight the sneezing, coughing and watery eyes that are characteristics of colds and allergies. Although there is no 100% proven therapeutic evidence, the new study adds to a small but growing body of scientific evidence from both cell and animal studies that it may actually work, particularly green tea.
Green tea has been called the most consumed beverage in Japan, and now it is getting popularity in the world, because of its therapeutic effect.
I myself drink about 5 cups of green tea since childhood. Wow, its 65 years of drinking green tea. Is it the reason that I never visit doctors excepting the time I broke my leg by accident? Why don't you drink green tea starting today? Here's once again that drinking green tea daily may heal your hidden diabetes.