What could be better than a warm cup of your favorite organic green tea? How about knowing that cuppa you just enjoyed is likely to bring you major health benefits today and into the future?! While there have been many studies linking green tea and healthy living, it can be hard to stay on top of all this information. That’s why we’ve pulled together the following five studies from the past year that we found to be most interesting.
1. Green Tea vs. Breast Cancer
A recent study out of the biology department of East Carolina University published in Cancer Genomics Proteomics supports prior findings that the antioxidants in green tea may help protect against breast cancer. In the study, researchers found that treatment involving green tea extract decreased the development of the MCF-7 human breast cancer cells, which lead to a further decrease in cancerous tumor cells in the breast. The researchers concluded that green tea may be a strong tumor constrictor, hence, people with a family history of breast cancer may benefit from drinking green tea.
2. Green Tea vs. Cholesterol
According to a recent Saudi Arabian study published in the Journal of Physiological Biochemistry, green tea (and black tea, for that matter) may help lower cholesterol and improve your heart health. As you may know, HDL is the “good” cholesterol, which helps maintain LDH levels and protects against heart attack and stroke. LDL is the “bad” cholesterol which may clog arteries if there’s too much of it circulating in the blood. In the study, rats that ingested green tea supplements demonstrated lower triglyceride and LDL levels, but higher HDL levels.
3. Green Tea vs. Diabetes
A French study from last fall, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition,indicates that green tea may aid in the battle against diabetes. Diabetes and other insulin related disorders such as hyperglycemia result from insulin resistance in the body. In other words, the body simply doesn’t recognize high levels of insulin. The study suggests that green tea extract has the ability to combat such insulin resistance, and may very well help those with diabetes regulate their insulin levels.
4. Green Tea vs. Obesity
A Dutch study published in Physiology and Behavior earlier this year offers compelling evidence that green tea may help trim your waistline and keep it off. Food energy that isn’t used up metabolically is stored in the body as fat. This study explored how the combination of caffeine and catechins in green tea likely play a dual role in weight management, synergistically increasing energy expenditure (via caffeine) while aiding in overall body fat regulation (via green tea catechins).
5. Green Tea vs. Lung Cancer
While quitting smoking is still highly advised, a study from the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute published in Cancer Research last January suggests that smokers that drink at least one cup of green tea daily have one-thirteenth the likelihood of getting lung cancer. Nonsmokers were similarly benefited by drinking green tea, showing an 80% lower risk of lung cancer.
As this wide-ranging research from the past year demonstrates, the scientific community’s understanding of green tea’s health benefits is emerging and evolving rapidly. Who knows, a cup a day may really help keep the doctor away! Thinking about giving green tea a try? Check out our entire selection of organic green teas and order on-line today!
November 21 2010 10:54 pm | Tea and Health