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 disease-fighting,
inflammation-squelching antioxidants--long linked with
heart protection--would be enough incentive, but wait,
there's more! Lots 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
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 moisturizers.
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
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 RealAge),
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 news!