Monday, September 27, 2010

Therapeutic Uses, Benefits and Claims of the Tea Plant

  • It is rich in catechins polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful antioxidant, reduces the risk of all cancers and inhibits the growth of cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.
  • The use of tea can naturally lower total cholesterol levels, improves the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.
  • Green tea is used for weight loss because of its thermogenic properties that promote fat oxidation.
  • The tea plant can be effective as a herbal treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, infection and impaired immune function associated with HIV.
  • It effectively inhibits the abnormal formation of blood clots (thrombosis), the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke. EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, the polyphenol found in red wine.
  • It prevents strep throat and influenza when used as a mouthwash.
  • The tea plant contains natural fluorine and the catechin glucosyl transferase which stops cavities, destroying the cariogenic bacteria that cause plaque and oral bacteria which produce bad breath.
  • It acts as a sterilizing agent for many types of bacteria that cause food poisoning without harm to the helpful bacteria necessary for proper functioning of the intestinal tract including: Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus
  • It has less caffeine than coffee; it refreshes the body particularly the central nervous system, skeletal muscles, heart and liver.
  • It restrict the increase of harmful forms of blood cholesterol; LDL and VLDL deposits on blood vessels walls lead to atherosclerosis, which in conjunction with high blood pressure can cause myocardial infarction and cerebral infarction. Green tea helps maintain the necessary balance between HDL healthy cholesterol and LDL.
  • Tea impedes the activity of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) which converts the chemical angiotensin I to angiotensin II, an extremely strong vascular constrictor, leading to high blood pressure overloading the vascular system and contributing to atherosclerosis, which precipitates heart disease and stroke.
  • The tea plant is effective in lowering the blood sugar levels. High concentrations of blood sugar affect the vascular system and can lead to atherosclerosis and retinal hemorrhages.
  • It reduces inflammation associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
  • Tea protects the liver from the damaging effects of toxic substances such as alcohol, including viral inflammation of the liver (hepatitis).

No comments:

When Spring comes...