Archive for April, 2009

The Healing Power of Green Tea

Green tea’s medicinal use reaches far back in the history of mankind.  It’s about time someone sorted through all theGreen Tea green tea urban legends, separating the voodoo from the scientifically-proven applications…and that’s exactly what the American Academy of Family Physicians did.  You’ll be amazed to see what they found.

Scientifically-Proven Uses:

  1. Cancer: High intake of green tea (i.e. 3-10 cups per day) has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 20%, the risk of colon cancer by 18%, and the risk of stomach & esophageal cancer by 50%.  Some conflicting evidence exists, however, so the final verdict is still out, but green tea seems to be a promising way to reduce the risk of cancer.

  2. Genital & Anal Warts:  Yes, this is (shockingly) true.  Green tea extract in topical cream form (called Veregen) has been proven effective in the treatment of genital and anal warts caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  Research is being done to see if this same compound can be used for the treatment of cervical disease caused by HPV.

  3. Stroke: Individuals who consume five or more cups of green tea per day significantly reduce their risk of stroke.

The Voodoo:

  1. Weight Loss: Studies looking at weight loss with the consumption of green tea show mixed results, at best.  The weight loss seen in some studies is believed to be related to the caffiene in the tea which increases your metabolism at high doses (which subsequently leads to weight loss).  Other studies have not seen any weight loss with high doses of green tea (i.e. it didn’t work).  We recommend hitting the gym for 30 minutes a day rather than trying to consume over 10 cups of green tea…it seems a bit more reasonable.

  2. High Cholesterol & Triglycerides: Studies found that green tea does NOT reduce an individuals cholesterol or triglyceride levels.  Stick to your low cholesterol diet!


04 2009

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