An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well actually now it might just be that Green Tea might keep him and the surgeon away! Green tea or (Camellia sinesis), as previously stated in other articles on this site, has been used in Asian countries for hundreds of years to treat a range of health conditions. Now used more frequently in Western societies – green tea, in its various forms: capsule, powder, and teas is more commonly known to help with losing weight. But what are its components ( medicinal) that actually help with losing weight. Well let’s take a look at the evidence available right now, and what scientific research has been done.
Green Tea Medicinal Properties For Weight Loss
Many people take green tea, without actually having any understanding of its actual medicinal properties. Green tea has been reported to treat everything from cancer to IBS. Even if you are not sick, don’t want to get sick, or just want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you should consider drinking green tea due to its concentration of ‘polyphenols’. Polyphenols are free radical scavengers. This peoples that they mop up cell damaging (and DNA) compounds. Free radicals have been attributed in everything from diseases to aging.
The basic premise is that these polyphenols act in a way to prevent oxidization of cells caused by free radicals. Free radicals occur in the body, but atmospheric influences such as pollution, smoke, cigarettes, diet, and other environmental problems actually cause a rise in the number of free radicals.
You can steep green tea in water heated to 82c so that the leaves do not scorch, and you pass on more of the anti-oxidant properties, try to drink green tea at least once a day. If not more. You can purchase green teas from supermarkets, but I would suggest purchasing it ‘loose’ so that the tea leaves come as unrefined as possible.
Polyphenic catechins which are present in high amounts in green tea are the main components that make up its medicinal effects on the human body. One of the most abundant polyphenic compounds present is called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) – A single cup of green tea may contain 100–200 mg of EGCG. Most of the current research being undertaken revolves around the medicinal benefits associated with this compound.