Medical Center University of Maryland – USA

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Researchers from the University of Maryland, based on collected evidence, have made some conclusions about the benefits of green tea consumption.

Benefits

The results of these studies suggest that green tea can help with the following diseases:

Atherosclerosis

Studies show that due to the antioxidant properties of green tea, regular use can help prevent atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease (known as ischemic heart disease).

High cholesterol

Studies have shown that the consumption of green tea reduces bad cholesterol and increases the good, both in humans and in animals.

Inflammatory bowel disease

Green tea can help to reduce inflammation in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis both inflammatory bowel disease.

Diabetes

Green tea has been used traditionally to reduce blood sugar. Green tea helps the regulation of glucose in the body. Studies show that it may affect the management of type 2 diabetes.

Liver disease

Results from studies on animals and humans indicate that plant chemicals in green tea called catechins can help in the treatment of viral hepatitis, inflammation of the liver. In these studies larger amounts of catechins were used. It should be noted that more than 10 cups of green tea a day, can cause problems due to high levels of caffeine. Please consult your doctor how to include green tea in your treatment.

Losing weight

Studies of green tea showed that its regular use speeds up metabolism and helps burn calories. Also it is believed that the combination of green tea and caffeine improves the process of weight loss. There are also studies showing that there are no benefits.

Other benefits

Preliminary studies show that green tea may help prevent tooth decay. Green tea may be useful in arthritis. Зеленият чай може да бъде полезен и при артрит.

The chemicals in green tea can help prevent the symptoms of the flu and cold. There are also studies that indicate that green tea has a role in preventing Parkinson’s disease and osteoporosis.

Content of green tea

Researchers believe that the health properties of green tea are mostly due to polyphenols, chemicals with potent antioxidant effects. In fact, the antioxidant effects of polyphenols are greater than vitamin C.
Polyphenols contained in tea are classified as catechins. Green tea contains six basic compounds of catechins: catechin, galaogatehin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, and epigallocatechin gallate epikatehingalat (known as EGCG).

EGCG is the research polyphenol in green tea and the most active.

Green tea contains alkaloids, including caffeine, theobromine and theophylline. They provide stimulating effects of green tea. L – theanine amino acid compound found in green tea has been studied for its soothing effects on the nervous system.