By Michael A. Smith, MDgreen tea in Chinese literature as far back as 5000 years ago. There’s an old Chinese legend that says a man was out walking one day when he accidently tasted the juices from the leaf of a tea plant. He thought it tasted great and suspected that the tea had special medicinal properties.
As with all of ancient history, there are many different stories to be told. Another legend suggests it was actually an Emperor called Shen Nung who discovered tea when a tea blossom fell into a cup of hot water that he was drinking.
Maybe these two men were even one in the same person, who knows? Fortunately, it doesn’t really matter. From that point forward, green tea became - and remains - an industry leader in terms of both benefit and popularity.
Why is Green Tea Beneficial?Green tea contains plant-based antioxidants called polyphenols. One in particular is called EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), which has been the subject of extensive scientific research. The antioxidant activity of EGCG is superior to that of vitamins C and E.
One cup of green tea provides roughly 200 mg of polyphenols and has antioxidant effects that are greater than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots or strawberries. Green tea has been shown to provide many benefits including:
- Reducing oxidative stress1
- Maintaining healthy fluid balance in your tissues2
- Supporting a healthy weight3
- Optimizes liver detox pathways4
- Maintains healthy cholesterol already within normal range5
- Enhances immune function6
About Life Extension's Green Tea ExtractMega Green Tea Extract provides more polyphenols than you get from drinking three cups of green tea. This 98% green tea extract is standardized to provide high potency EGCG, by far the most important polyphenol green tea provides.
Also, green tea powdered extracts have been shown to absorb better into the bloodstream and to be far more bioavailable than even drinking green tea itself.7
Mega Green Tea Extract has been concentrated and standardized to ensure the highest quality, consistency and antioxidant activity. This advanced extract contains 98% total polyphenols and 45% EGCG.
Green Tea Science Comes Full-CircleWe love how scientific evidence totally vindicates that ancient Chinese man who believed his newly found elixir was loaded with health benefits. That was one smart guy, to say the least.
Our advice? Do your part to emulate him and drink as much green tea as possible. But let’s be honest, drinking more than 3 cups a day is probably a stretch. This is where supplements come in. Take a capsule along with a cup of your favorite green tea to reap ALL the benefits of this ancient drink for years to come.
Do you drink green tea yourself? Have you considered supplementing with a green tea extract? Please let us know in the comments!
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