The centuries old herbal tonic


If you could name any ingredient that has stood the test of time one of them would have to be green tea. It has been around for centuries and is known globally for its potential health benefits. 

Green tea contains of a number of bioactive compounds including catechins and polyphenols. Increases in antioxidant capacity have been shown following the consumption of tea and green tea catechins. This can have a positive effect on oxidative stress and oxidative DNA damage as they can be scavengers reactive oxygen species.

Among the many beneficial compounds in green tea the most mentioned catechin is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Green tea and EGCG have been studied for its ability to suppress the expression of some inflammation related enzymes. Its ability to act as an antioxidant might support its use as a natural anti-inflammatory. 

Catechin rich green tea may also have cardiovascular and and cognitive benefits. There have been some epidemiological studies looking at the relationship between green tea consumption and cardiovascular disease. The antioxidants in green tea could support LDL particles from oxidation and an improved total cholesterol levels.

These same catechin rich compounds can support healthy brain aging. Several studies have shown green tea can stabilize and protect neurons and modulate intracellular signaling. The caffeine content in green tea can also boost neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine increasing mood focus and energy. Compared to coffee, green tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine that can work together with caffeine. Some say it delivers a smoother more focused experience compared to caffeine alone. 

Green tea extract is available in many forms. Typically it is standardized to a particular amount of polyphenol or catechin content. There are also specialized trademark extracts available that are designed to support increased energy, blood flow, metabolism, and antioxidant capacity.

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