Green tea extract is a very popular beverage considered to contain a greater amount of antioxidants than vitamin C. Green tea has become an overnight sensation because of 4 important qualities that can protect from various diseases and help you pursue a healthy lifestyle.
1. Green tea is an effective antioxidant and has the ability to delay the signs of aging
Green tea protects you from oxidative stress and delays the process of aging by scouring your body's nook and cranny of free radicals and toxic substances that can potentially weaken your immune system making you prone to both bacterial and viral infections.
Green tea does this function through one of its hardworking components, epigallocatechin gallate which has the ability to protect you from the harmful effects of free radicals and reactive oxygen species.
2. Green tea protects you from cancer
Green tea has the ability to protect you from developing the dreaded cancer by preventing the release of urokinase, the enzyme that is responsible for contaminating healthy cells, promoting metastasis, and for spreading cancer cells. The absence of urokinase prevents tumors from increasing in size and can in fact remove the tumor completely.
3. Green tea relieves the symptoms of inflammation
Green tea protects your body from inflammation by decreasing fat peroxidization, and nitric acid production. More specifically, the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) content of green tea can inhibit the production of mediators and cytokines (substances that cause inflammation). EGCG also has the ability to significantly decrease production of the harmful substance peroxynitrite which is a component of reactive oxidative species, as well as decrease nitric oxide content by minimizing the activities of NF-kB and AP1.
4. Green tea protects you from radiation
Green tea extract protects you from the harmful effects of radiation when exposed to the sun by decreasing the amount of reactive oxidative species (ROS) that is released by the ultra violet A rays. It also inhibits apoptosis or sudden cell death, and has the ability to prevent certain abnormalities and irreversible damage to your body's DNA caused by the harmful UVA rays.