7 Reasons to Drink Green Tea
The steady stream of good news about green tea is
getting so hard to ignore that even java junkies are
beginning to sip mugs of the deceptively delicate
brew. You'd think the daily dose of
antioxidants - long linked with heart protection -
would be enough incentive, but wait, there's more!
CUT YOUR CANCER RISK
Several polyphenols - the potent antioxidants green
tea's famous for - seem to help keep cancer cells
from gaining a foothold in the body, by discouraging
their growth and then squelching the creation of new
blood vessels that tumors need to thrive. Study
after study has found that people who regularly
drink green tea reduce their risk of breast,
stomach, esophagus, colon, and/or prostate cancer.
SOOTHE YOUR SKIN
Got a cut, scrape, or bite, and a little leftover
green tea? Soak a cotton pad in it. The tea is a
natural antiseptic that relieves itching and
swelling. Try it on inflamed breakouts and
blemishes, sunburns, even puffy eyelids. And that's
not all. In the lab, green tea helps block
sun-triggered skin cancer, whether you drink it or
apply it directly to the skin - which is why you're
seeing green tea in more and more sunscreens and
STEADY YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Having healthy blood pressure - meaning below 120/80
- is one thing. Keeping it that way is quite
another. But people who sip just half a cup a day
are almost 50 percent less likely to wind up with
hypertension than non-drinkers. Credit goes to the
polyphenols again (especially one known as ECGC).
They help keep blood vessels from contracting and
raising blood pressure.
PROTECT YOUR MEMORY, OR YOUR MOM'S
Green tea may also keep the brain from turning
fuzzy. Getting-up-there adults who drink at least
two cups a day are half as likely to develop
cognitive problems as those who drink less. Why? It
appears that the tea's big dose of antioxidants
fights the free-radical damage to brain nerves seen
in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
The younger and healthier your arteries are, the
younger and healthier you are. So fight plaque
build-up in your blood vessels, which ups the risk
of heart disease and stroke, adds years to your
biological age (or Real Age), and saps your energy
too. How much green tea does this vital job take?
About 10 ounces a day, which also deters your body
from absorbing artery-clogging fat and cholesterol.
Oh yeah, one more thing. Turns out that green tea
speeds up your body's calorie-burning process. In
the every-little-bit-counts department, this is good