You may have already heard that green tea is good for your heart, but did you know that it also lowers your cholesterol levels and decreases your risk of disability as you age?
Recently, two studies were performed to measure the potential of green tea in acne treatment and the results give hope for those looking for an alternative. The findings of these recent studies show that when applied to the affected area, green tea can reduce sebum production, inflammation and bacterial growth in acne-prone skin, as a result of an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).
Women who drink green tea may lower their risk of developing some digestive system cancers, especially cancers of the stomach/esophagus and colorectum, according to a study led by researchers from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
Iced tea causes kidney stones – but hot tea is fine
Iced tea – everyone’s favourite summer drink – causes kidney stones. The tea is rich in oxalates, a key chemical that helps the formation of the stones, a common problem in the urinary tract that affects around 10 per cent of the population.
People who have a tendency to form kidney stones should stop drinking iced tea straight away, urge researchers from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, who made the discovery.
Green tea has always been cited to improve a number of health benefits through its consumption. A recent study targeted LDL, or "bad" cholesterol and brought forth evidence that green tea reduces those levels.
Probably no other beverage has been studied as much recently as green tea. It seems there is an inexhaustible list of benefits.
Experimental studies have revealed that green tea catechins and theanine prevent influenza infection, while the clinical evidence has been inconclusive. This study was conducted to determine whether taking green tea catechins and theanine can clinically prevent influenza infection.
An extract from green tea may slow the progression of the most common form of leukemia, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic and presented at the annual meeting of the "American Society of Clinical Oncology."
The May 15, 2008 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine published the discovery of researchers at the University of Louisville in Kentucky that the antioxidant property of green tea could help prevent the cognitive deficits associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea occurs when breathing is periodically interrupted during sleep, temporarily depriving the brain of oxygen. When caused by airway collapse or blockage which obstructs breathing during sleep, the condition is known as obstructive sleep apnea.