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July 2018 (Vol. 3 Issue 5)

Why green tea is so good for us



Bryan Hubbard is Publisher and co-editor of WDDTY. He is a former Financial Times journalist. He is a Philosophy graduate of London University. Bryan is also the author of several books, including The Untrue Story of You and Secrets of the Drugs Industry.














Why green tea is so good for us

June 19th 2007, 12:31

Green tea can increase weight loss, improve our general health and protect us against Alzheimer's disease - and now scientists are beginning to understand why.

The tea helps improve blood flow - especially in people with coronary artery disease - which also allows other nutrients to circulate through the body more efficiently.

The key seems to be a polyphenol known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is found in plentiful supply in a cup of green tea.

EGCG can dramatically improve blood flow, and within just a few hours, as researchers discovered when they tested it on a group of 42 patients with coronary artery disease.

Overall, green tea contains between 30 and 40 per cent of water-extractable polyphenols, antioxidantssuch as EGCG that protect against heart disease and cancers, while standard black tea has just 3 to 10 per cent of them.

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