Green Tea is considered the “anti-aging beverage” of Okinawa, Japan. This is one of the world's “Blue Zones” that is associated with longevity, having a high number of inhabitants that are over 100 years old.
The ability to help prevent aging is due to green tea compounds polyphenols, catechins, and flavonoids.
Drinking green tea daily is such a simple step to incorporate into your diet that I hope you like green tea; so, you can benefit from these anti-aging benefits.
Green tea is good for you both inside and outside of your body.
Studies have found the compound, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), can increase longevity due to the production of stress-producing proteins.
- Enhances the immune system by guarding against the free radicals and oxidants that weaken your cell's defense system.
- It Assists in weight loss by blocking the breakdown of starches in your diet. Tea extends your life by helping you maintain your ideal weight.
A published study in the Journal of Medicinal Food, 2012, participants who drank green tea daily combined with weight lifting for 8 weeks resulted in significant weight loss and abdominal body fat. There was also improvement in metabolism, and muscle strength.
- Green tea lowers your risk of strokes, which increase as you age, by decreasing the stickiness of your blood.
- Promising studies have shown it prevents cells from abnormal growth and slows any tumor growth.
- Green tea helps the skin stay young. In a 2011 study, in Journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a compound in green tea, inhibits melanoma, a common skin cancer. It can decrease the wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots on your skin. You will find it as an ingredient in your finer cosmetics.
- It helps maintain good bone mineral density, which decreases with age, causing osteoporosis.
- Green tea wards off eye diseases that affect vision in the older generation.
- Tea is a great brain food against decreased cognitive impairment and memory loss. That can be the start of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, due to a buildup of a certain amyloid protein in the brain.
Ready for a cup of tea, sounds good to me!
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant helping individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses.