What’s So Special About Green Tea?
Patricia Zifferblatt | April 1, 2005

I’m glad you asked--here’s the latest research from both England and Spain, dated March 15, 2005.

All tea comes from the same plant--black, green, and oolong teas all have the same parents. The difference in the teas lies in how the teas are prepared after picking. Black and oolong tea are fermented, but Green tea is not. Therefore the active constituents remain unaltered in green tea. The most important ingredient in green tea is the phytonutrient eppigallocatchin or EGCG for short. This substance is a polyphenolic compound that acts as an antioxidant.

What does EGCG do?
Research has shown that these polyphenolic antioxidants may protect the body against cardiovascular disease, and promote a healthy immune system. However in this new research, Professor Roger Thornley in England states, “We have shown for the first time that EGCG, which is present in green tea at relatively high concentrations, inhibits the enzyme DHFR or dihydrofolate which is a recognized, established target for anti-cancer drugs. This is the first time to our knowledge a known target for an anti-cancer drug has been identified as being inhibited by EGCG.” The scientist continued by saying that EGCG us probably just one of a number of anti-cancer mechanisms in green tea.

So I should drink more green tea?
Absolutely! Drink green tea often and take supplements that contain EGCG on a daily basis as an excellent insurance policy for your good health.

Here’s to your better life!
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