A recent study found that utilizing green tea in high amounts daily or in a supplement form significantly reduced bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and help stabilize blood sugars. Interestingly, the study was originally set up to see if green tea supplementation would have any effect on circulating hormone levels in post-menopausal women, which it did not.
Historically, green tea, has been cited in various journals for prevention of illness, prevention of cancer, and overall benefits by increasing antioxidant levels in the body. Antioxidants are an important way we protect ourselves from many types of diseases and prevent mutation of our cells which decreases our risk for cancer.
Most of the studies done on green tea are using the most active constituents, catechins, in a concentration of 350mg to 800mg daily. This would be equivalent to drinking approximately 5-10 cups of green tea daily.
For individuals concerned about caffeine, it is important to know that drinking 1 cup of regular drip coffee is approximately the same caffeine intake as about 7 cups of green tea. Of course, the supplements are available as well. As usual with supplements, not all catechin extracts are created equal.
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Another Naturopath, Dr. Tori Hudson has also cited the many benefits of Green Tea and prevention of illness. To read more click here.