The Power of Green Tea Extract

A good antioxidant should contain green tea extract. Here’s why:

“Green Tea Extract (120 mg, 95 percent polyphenols)–Green tea antioxidants are of the same family as grape seed and pine bark extracts. They are polyphenols, chief of which are the flavonoids called proanthocyanidins. In green tea, the main proanthocyanidins are the catechins, and the most powerful of the catechins is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), found in the highest concentration in green tea. It works to prevent tumors from developing the blood vessels they need to survive (anti-angiogenesis) and it has been shown to inhibit metastasis. It is the first known natural telomerase inhibitor, eliminating the ‘immortality’ of cancer cells, which is what makes them so deadly. Green tea is particularly effective in destroying the causes of leukemia, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. It has also been shown to be effective in regulating blood sugar, reducing triglycerides, and in reversing the ravages of heart disease. (Incidentally, the Japanese, who drink large amounts of green tea, have some of the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease in the world.) Green tea seems to almost totally prevent cancer from causing DNA damage in smokers—a possible explanation as to why the Japanese, who are among the world’s heaviest smokers, have such a low incidence of lung cancer. Finally, green tea has great benefits for the brain as well, serving as an effective monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor, protecting against brain-cell death. The net result is that there are strong indications that green tea extract may play a major role in protecting against both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Note: the consumption of casein from dairy products can completely block the absorption of the main catechins found in green tea. In other words, drink your tea without milk, and take your green tea supplements separate from any dairy in your diet. Or, even better, just think of this as another reason to eliminate dairy from your diet.”

Source:  jonbarron.org

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