Antioxidants Like Green Tea May Slow Down Aging
Green tea and antioxidants are wildly popular right now, and for good reason. The health benefits of green tea seem to keep growing every day. It is a highly researched nutrient at the moment; and, one of the things being researched is how it slows down the aging process.
Green tea has been used for hundreds of years as a medicinal agent and of course as a beverage. A question that is asked quite often is, "Is black tea the same as green tea?" The general answer is "no" and the reason why is that generally black tea is produced by oxidizing young tea leaves, where green tea is produced from steaming the leaves and very high temperatures. This inactivates the oxidizing enzymes which keeps the beneficial polyphenol intact.
Now this doesn’t mean black tea is bad for you, but generally green tea has a higher polyphenol level because of the way it is processed and produced. Now that we have this question out of the way, let’s get to how green tea slows down our aging process.
Some of the benefits of green tea and its antioxidant properties are to improve cardiovascular health, prevent and reduce the risk of various diseases, as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
We, of course, can’t ignore all the research on how green tea and green tea extracts help with boosting your metabolism and weight loss.
A recent study indicates that green tea may protect DNA from damage associated with the aging process. This placebo-controlled study included 18 healthy individuals that were randomly assigned to receive two cups of green tea or water every day for 4 weeks.
The results of the study found a 20% reduction in various levels of DNA damage. DNA damage is our primary cause of accelerated aging and disease, so it is important that we keep our DNA as healthy as possible.
What this study indicates is that regular consumption of green tea or green tea extracts that contain these powerful polyphenols may protect against damage to your DNA and slow down your aging process.
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