Health Benefits of Green Tea
It is common knowledge amongst everyone that green tea has multiple health benefits. It is an acquired taste (which I am yet to acquire). But it there any science behind these health claims?
The health benefits seem to be derived from a nutrient that is unique to the tea plant. These nutrients are called phytonutrients. Phytonutrients have benefits topically (on the skin) or internally when consumed.
There have been case reports of individuals applying green tea to the skin which resulted in cessation of their skin cancer progression. A more evidence backed benefit of green tea is in the treatment of genital warts where it is not recommended as part of some STD treatment guidelines.
When consumed orally, there are multiple health benefits that have been investigated. Green tea has been shown to lower your body fat, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. It aids in preventing multiple cancers such as breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer. Furthermore, it helps prevent memory loss and decreases the risk of having a stroke. A Japanese study showed that if three cups of green tea are consumed a day 6 to 10 weeks before seasonal allergy season there will be a significant reduction in symptoms experienced.
Therefore, the health benefits of green tea have scientific evidence to support these claims. The toughest part is adjusting to the taste.