Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Go Green with green tea!

Let's go green this St. Patrick's Day!  Green tea, that is. 

The reported benefits of green tea are plentiful and varied.  Let's look at little closer at this Super Food.

There is no shortage of sound, scientific information demonstrating the benefits of green tea.

Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol A 2013 review of several published studies found green tea may be beneficial in a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure. Other reported benefits include improved blood flow, stable blood sugar, and weight loss support. There is even some evidence to suggest green tea may have a place in the battle against cancer.

 What is green tea?
All types of tea except herbal tea are brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. The level of oxidation of the leaves determines the type of tea. Green tea is made from un-oxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea (with white tea the least) and therefore contains one of the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols

 How does it work?
Researchers in a 2013 study by the University of Maryland Medical Center think the health properties of green tea are mostly due to polyphenols, EGCG and other chemicals with potent antioxidant potential. In fact, the antioxidant effects of polyphenols seem to be greater than vitamin C. The polyphenols  in green tea also give it a somewhat bitter flavor.

Green tea also contains alkaloids including caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline. They provide green tea's stimulant effects. L-theanine, an amino acid compound found in green tea, has been studied for its calming effects on the nervous system.

To be safe, check with your health care provider before drinking or taking green tea if you also take other medications. It's important to remember that herbs contain active substances that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, people should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a practitioner knowledgeable in the field of botanical medicine.

If you take blood thinners, have heart problems or high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver problems, stomach ulcers, and psychological disorders, particularly anxiety, you should not take green tea.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also avoid green tea.

People with anemia, diabetes, glaucoma, or osteoporosis should ask their health care provider before drinking green tea or taking an extract.

People who drink large amounts of caffeine, including caffeine from green tea, for long periods of time may experience irritability, insomnia, heart palpitations, and dizziness. Caffeine overdose can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and loss of appetite. If you are drinking a lot of tea and start to vomit or have abdominal spasms, you may have caffeine poisoning. If your symptoms are severe, lower your caffeine intake and see your health care provider.

Green tea has not been studied in children, so it is not recommended for pediatric use.

How much should I take?
Recommended doses for adults , depending on the brand, 2 to 3 cups of green tea per day (for a total of 240 to 320 mg polyphenols) or 100 to 750 mg per day of standardized green tea extract.

  Caffeine-free products are available and recommended.

Two of our favorite green tea products are Yogi Green teas- available in green tea-only, or a variety of flavors, and green tea capsules by Jarrow.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and is not a substitute for recommendations by your primary care practitioner.