Green Tea: Antioxidant Power

Green tea is infused with antioxidants that are estimated to be 25 to 100 times more potent than vitamins C and E. Antioxidants reduce free radical damage to cells and stimulate cells that maintain bone density and skin elasticity and other body components.

Studies performed at the University of Toronto, Ontario showed that foods rich in antioxidants called polyphenols counteract the effects of cellular damage. Polyphenols are pigments that create the colors of blue, green, purple, and red found in plants, vegetables and fruits such as berries, apples and beetroots. Green tea is enriched with polyphenols called tannins and catechins that give it its many health giving properties.

A cup of green tea can provide 10 to 40 milligrams of polyphenols and has antioxidant action greater than a single serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots or strawberries. Polyphenols are thought to have very broad health benefits; they act against some cancers, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers, cataracts and much more.

Fibromyalgia a common, yet little understood muscular disorder which causes debilitating widespread muscle pain and fatigue may also be prevented by plenty of antioxidants in the diet. A natural cleanser, green tea also offers benefits for the immune system. Its antiviral and antibacterial properties can help reduce the likelihood of coming down with the flu and even prevents dental plaque. It also promotes the production of several immune system cells.