What if I told you there’s now a way to harness the power of the sun to prevent disease? And what if I also told you this power of the sun is now available in an easy-to-take capsule? Well, not only are both of these true, but there’s a ton of research to prove this new capsule could be one of the best supplements you’ll ever take.
As you may know, the sun is an incredible healer. When you spend time outdoors, your body uses the sun to produce vitamin D, which is an amazingly protective nutrient. But the sun does something else in your body. If you expose your body to too much sun, it can burn your skin. But you were created to spend time in the sun. So your body handles this danger by manufacturing protective pigments in response to the sun.
In much the same way, plants make incredible chemicals in their leaves to protect against the sun. That’s why plants are so good for you. They are loaded with nutrients thanks to the sun. But some of these nutrients are more powerful than others. And among the most powerful of these chemicals are those found in green tea.
I’ve told you about green tea over the years. Research has proven that green tea is one of the healthiest things you can put in your body.
Green tea is a favorite drink among the many Asian peoples of the world. It differs from black tea in that the leaves are not allowed to oxidize. The oxidation process imparts certain flavors to tea. But it also may alter the chemicals in the tea, rendering them less effective in some areas (but not all, as black tea is also found to carry significant health benefits).
So what are these powerful chemicals I mentioned? Green tea contains some of nature’s most powerful polyphenols, which are also considered to be antioxidants (free radical scavengers). The tea plant makes these phytochemicals in its leaves in response to sunlight. As these phytochemicals protect the plant, they can protect you as well, from a variety of problems.
The most common of the green tea phytochemicals are catechins. Green tea contains 10 times more catechins than black tea. EGCG is among the most powerful of this class of chemicals. Green tea is particularly loaded with EGCG, more than 1/3 of all its catechins. One cup of green tea can raise your EGCG level as much as 200 times over baseline.
Just how protective are catechins? These chemicals can dramatically protect your circulation. Endothelial cells are the inner lining cells of your vessels. Their function has emerged as extremely important in the development of hypertension and arterial damage. One study on smokers showed that just one drink of green tea can protect the function of these cells. It actually improves their ability to dilate blood vessels in response to stress.
Researchers in the Philippines conducted a small study on 15 patients who were not previous green tea drinkers. They gave the patients a cup of green tea to drink three times a day after meals for two weeks. Their average blood pressure fell from 130/87 to 117/81 after one week! After two weeks, it was down to 118/80. And their total cholesterol dropped from 235 mg/dL to 187 mg/dL.
If you have fears about cancer, many studies suggest that green tea will reduce your risk. One study followed men who had non-invasive prostate cancer. They found that taking 600 mg daily of EGCG from green tea reduced their subsequent risk of getting the deadly invasive form by 85%.
Another study found that EGCG can induce apoptosis in certain leukemias. Apoptosis is programmed cell death when cells go awry. Cancer cells lose this important function. Some patients of the author of this study then started consuming green tea in large amounts. Three of four patients had actual improvement with just the green tea. Green tea compounds lower the chemicals that stimulate blood vessel growth in cancers.
There’s more. Green tea can dramatically protect your brain. Studies have shown that it protects neurons from neurotoxins that can induce Parkinson’s.
Worried about Alzheimer’s? With green tea, you can worry a lot less. Green tea EGCG compounds reduce the destructive beta amyloid protein in mice brains by over 50%. The researchers said that a corresponding dose in humans would be about 1,500 mg per day. Beta amyloid is considered highly responsible for Alzheimer’s damage.
Green tea can also:
Protect you from sleep apnea-induced brain damage. Sleep apnea halts the flow of oxygen to your brain, which damages valuable brain cells.
Stop kidney stones. Green tea may reduce oxalic acid, a compound that forms stones in your urinary passages.
Freshen your breath. Less than 700 mg of green tea powder on your tongue reduces the production of foul smelling volatile chemicals made by bacteria in your mouth.