Maximizing Health with Green Tea
Green tea is emerging as one of the most important botanical supplements in the dietary supplement industry. Green tea is one of the oldest health remedies known to man and its beneficial effects were documented thousands of years ago in traditional Chinese medicine. In fact, population studies indicate that green tea consumption in eastern Asia has been responsible for multiple health benefits, including anti-cancer effects, weight control and the promotion of cardiovascular health. In some oriental nations, green tea is a staple in the diet. For example, Japanese and Chinese people may consume more than 10 cups of green tea per day as a refreshing drink. In contrast, in Western society the most popular beverage is coffee, but coffee does not present the versatile and potent health benefits that have been associated with green tea consumption.
So important is the research on green tea that in Japan green tea is used as a disease preventive and it has been accepted by the Japanese Government as playing a specific role in the potential prevention of cancer. These claims have not been made to the same degree in Western society, but the power of green tea is apparent in many recent scientific articles that describe benefits on body functions such as immunity, cardiovascular function, brain function and even weight control. It is important to note that much of the literature supports the use of green tea as health giving when taken as a beverage, not necessarily when it is taken in capsule form.
During one of my very frequent visits to the Far East, I was invited by the Korean Soy Food Association and Inje University staff in Korea to attend a lecture on the documented benefits of green tea in Japanese medical literature. I have written on the subject of green tea and its use as a potential preventive agent for cancer. I stress that any claims that green tea can prevent or treat cancer are not allowed at law in the United States, but I do refer individuals to third party literature in order that they can access the relative merits of the published literature.
There are other ingredients within green tea that have both stimulatory and relaxing effects on the body. For example, the substance L-theanine has an interesting and potential “calming effect” on the body, and it has been well applied in the management of unpleasant symptoms associated with the menopause (see Menoplan™). Recent literature points to the ability of certain components of green tea to improve blood cholesterol levels; and much evidence has emerged recently that the stimulating actions of green tea may be important in helping body metabolism accelerate in order to assist as an adjunct to weight control. So important are these potential actions that dietary supplements have emerged in the market containing green tea as the principle ingredient in weight control supplements. While green tea presents a very healthful option as a nutritional supplement with many different benefits on multiple body structures and functions.
Green tea has a poor reputation with the Western palate, largely because of its bitter flavor. The addition of the proprietary health giving antioxidant formula to green tea liquid concentrate provides the optimal-tasting liquid concentrate of green tea on the market. The product comes in a convenient bottle with a dropper where a few drops of green tea liquid concentrate can be added to hot or cold water to produce an energizing refreshing, pleasant tasting beverage.
Western society has recognizing increasingly the multiple health benefits that can result from the drinking of green tea; and many Americans are considering switching their favorite beverage from coffee to green tea, as a consequence of these well-defined benefits. Green tea can give the “perk” that coffee gives on a daily basis and without doubt about its health giving potential.