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Green Tea- believe the hype?

I have been drinking a lot of Green Tea recently- is the hype warranted?

Ingredients-A Scientific Approach
Following new scientific developments, research into the health effects of green tea has advanced significantly. Studies have shown that green tea is made of several main components that contribute to its character: catechin (texture), caffeine (bitterness), and theanine (flavor), as well as various vitamins and minerals. Present in large quantities of green tea, catechin (including EGCG) is a type of polyphenol that is also a component of red wine. Catechin also gives green tea its signature texture, and as a potent antioxidant, hinders dangerous free radicals in the body. Caffeine gives green tea its bitter taste, increases alertness, and relieves fatigue. Theanine gives green tea its taste and acts as a mild relaxant. These are the main research properties included in green tea. Green tea contains a well-balanced mix of these ingredients.

Main Properties of Green Tea
Catechin

* Anti-tumorigensis
* Antioxidant effect
* Inhibition of hypertension
* Antihypercholestolemia
* Hypoglycemic effect
* Antimicrobial activity
* Prevention of halitosis
* Radical scavenging effect

Caffeine

* Promotion of wakefulness
* Eases fatigue and sleeplessness
* Diuretic effect

Theanine (amino acid)

* Antagonistic effect against convulsive action of caffeine
* Inhibition of hypertension
* Improvement of brain function

Carotene

* Anti-carcinogencity

y-Amino Butyric Acid

* Inhibition of hypertension

Flavonoids

* Strengthening of blood vessels
* Prevention of halitosis

Vitamin C

* Antioxidant effect
* Prevention of flu
* Health maintenance of skin and mucous membranes
* Radical scavenging effect

Polysaccharides

* Hypoglycemic effect

Vitamin E

* Antioxidant effect
* Health maintenance of cells
* Radical scavenging effect

Fluoride

* Prevention of cavities

Saponins

* Anti-fungal activity
* Anti-inflammation
* Anti-allergenic activity
* Anti-obesity


The Super Powers of Green Tea
For a long time, Japanese people have consumed green tea to accompany their cuisine, which relies heavily on seafood. It is said that Japanese people have naturally understood the protective properties of drinking green tea while eating sushi. The anti-bacterial properties of green tea catechin have now been scientifically demonstrated. It has been announced at academic conferences throughout the world that green tea helps prevent cancer. In the United States, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is conducting research into green tea's cancer inhibiting properties, and the results of this research should be revealed in the near future. Focusing on the properties of green tea, science is gradually proving the knowledge of our ancestors regarding the medicinal properties of tea.


Tue. Aug 29, 4:09pm

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i think you would have to drink inordinate amounts to see most of the benefits touted above. but it doesn't hurt your body, as far as i know, so i drink a lot of green tea as well as other herb teas.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 4:11 PM

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I heard if you simply exchange green tea for your coffee, you can lose about 6 pounds over a 2 month period.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 4:15 PM

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I'd love to hear more about people using green tea for weight loss.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 11:28 AM

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it has not been my experience that i lost weight after converting to green tea in place of coffee. i used to drink roughly 6 cups of coffee a day and about 6 months ago switched to green tea. no real changes physically, other than no jitters or upset stomach.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 11:36 AM

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Did the 11:36 poster add sugar and/or milk/cream to the coffee? Coffee itself has almost no calories, so why would swithching from 1 non calorie drink to another non calorie drink have any impact on weight loss?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 12:31 PM

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1136 here. i did not add anything to either my coffee or tea. i did not expect any weight changes, i was merely responding to a posted question.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 1:05 PM

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I've been drinking green tea for a few months now, 1 or 2 cups a day. I don't drink coffee because it gives me headaches.
I was trying to cut back on my 10:30 am snacks, so I tried green tea. I don't snack as much if I've had my tea.
But I do feel stupid though, I thought all green tea was decaf... then I found a box in my grocery store and it said naturally decaf, while others said nothing and I asked a few people and they said green tea is amoung the highest caffinated teas... I feel a bit daft...
but I do like it and I'm going to switch to the decaf:)

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 12:42 PM

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here's a trick for the last poster about tea being decaf or not.

all tea made with "TEA" leaves will contain caffine unless it has gone through the process of decaffination-which will then tell you on the box. green tea, white tea, red tea, black tea-all naturally will contain caffine.

all tea made with "HERBS" (i.e herbal tea), or flowers, roots etc is naturally caffine free. chamomile, ginger, etc. all caffine free.

most companies realize consumers are aware of their caffine intake and are being much better about labeling their products as containing or not containing caffine. read the labels thoroughly-9 times out of 10 it will say it somewhere on there.

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 1:09 PM

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thanks :)

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 1:13 PM

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I'm finding the part about Japanese people drinking it with their meals very different from my experience of living there. They drink this other tea (o-cha) the way we drink water with meals, and the stuff tastes like stewed bark. Green tea was drunk pretty much on its own or with certain so-called sweets(can you tell I'm not a fan of fermented bean mush?), much as we might have cookies with our coffee.

Of course, all that info about the benefits has me wondering how they compare to the properties of good ol' Lipton. Any info on that would be greatly appreciated, since I'm a black tea kind of girl.

Monday, September 04, 2006, 12:55 PM

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green tea

will the benefit of taking vitamin supplements be lessened if taken with green tea. I heard that green tea will clear the body of vitamins. Is this true

Sunday, August 08, 2010, 12:57 PM

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i like green tea, i find it makes me feel good, as far as weight loss im not sure, i can see some beneifts like having it means u drink more therefore fill up and it prevents me from snacking, actually it can help me fight cravings for food, but i dunno if its advantageous above similar drinks, when i started drinking it i was already lsoing weight and ive continued to lose weight since so cant tell if it caused anything. psychological factors may influence for all i know- the hype tells me its beneficial so i end up making it beneficial 'it makes me feel good, i wont eat badly'... my feelings, i like it, so why not

Monday, August 09, 2010, 4:34 AM

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Green tea tastes so good and has great health benefits. I've lost weight with this it.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 7:48 AM

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