Aside from pure water, green tea is arguably one of the healthiest beverages around, with research pointing to impressive health benefits for your heart, bones, weight, vision, and even your brain.
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People around the world enjoy green tea as their favorite beverage. In fact, it’s the drink of choice only after water. Used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, green tea was used as an astringent, stimulant, and diuretic.
Other traditional practices used green tea for stomach ailments, regulating blood sugar, and improving mental acuity. In addition, recently studies have been conducted on green tea – showing that this popular beverage is extremely beneficial for a variety of conditions including diabetes, inflammatory conditions, and cancer – especially breast cancer.
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Experimental studies have revealed that green tea catechins and theanine prevent influenza infection, while the clinical evidence has been inconclusive. Keiji Matsumoto, of the Department of Drug Evaluation & Informatics at the University of Shizuoka in Japan, and colleagues undertook a study to determine whether taking green tea catechins and theanine can clinically prevent influenza infection.
The researchers conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 200 healthcare workers for five months from Nov. 9, 2009 through April 8, 2010 in three healthcare facilities for the elderly in Higashimurayama, Japan. The catechin/theanine group received capsules including green tea catechins (378 mg/day) and theanine (210 mg/day). The control group received placebo. The primary outcome was the incidence of clinically defined influenza infection. Secondary outcomes were laboratory-confirmed influenza with viral antigen measured by immunochromatographic assay and the time for which the patient was free from clinically defined influenza infection, meaning the period between the start of intervention and the first diagnosis of influenza infection, based on clinically defined influenza infection.
Green tea is being studied by the medical community to determine its impact on fighting cancer, with initial studies finding that extracts from the tea may slow cancer growth.
The American Institute for Cancer Research said studies have shown that antioxidants in green tea, including polyphenols and flavonoids, and specifically a type of flavonoid called catechins, may be cancer-fighting agents.
Laboratory studies found that green tea, which has three time the catechins as black tea, slowed or prevented cancer development in several types of cancer, including liver, breast and colon cancer, AICR said. Those studies have not been replicated outside the laboratory, but additional research is being done.
Another possible cancer-fighting component of green tea is epigallocatechin gallate, abbreviated EGCG. A 2014 study found that EGCG changed the metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells.
“The study is significant because there is a widely held belief among scientists that to treat cancer you have to use molecular mechanisms. Now there is a new possibility — change the metabolic system,” Medical News Today said.
“By explaining how green tea’s active component could prevent cancer, this study will open the door to a whole new area of cancer research and help us understand how other foods can prevent cancer or slow the growth of cancerous cells,” the study’s researcher Dr. Wai-Nang Lee told Medical News.