For centuries, people in Asia have utilized green tea for its health benefits. Nature provides help in the battle against obesity, inflammation and some diseases with the Camellia sinensis plant, which offers its leaves to make green tea, including Salada brand green tea.
Green Tea Prevents Inflammation
The catechins in green tea reduce and help prevent inflammation 1. Chronic inflammation often leads to cancers, and many auto-immune diseases such as fibromyalgia, diabetes and digestive disorders such as Crohn’s disease. Drinking a tea such as Salada Green Tea, which retains 90 percent of the antioxidants found naturally in the leaves of green tea, helps lower inflammation in the body and helps the body fight free radicals, known to cause cancer.
A study by researchers at the Arizona Cancer Center found the catechins of green tea increase the body’s ability to fight off toxins by increasing production of enzymes from the cancer-fighting glutathione S-transferase family. Catechins "actually convert known carcinogens to non-toxic chemicals, and studies have shown a correlation between deficient expression of these enzymes and increased risk of developing some cancers," according to researcher Dr. Cheryl Chow.
Increased Bone Density
The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry published a study on green tea's effects on bone density 2. The study concluded the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, in green tea increased bone density of green tea drinkers by 5 percent. Green tea reduces inflammation, which may contribute to greater bone density in former arthritis sufferers.
Salada green tea, made fresh from tea bags, retains most of its ECGC because it isn’t bottled, according to the company's website.
Weight Loss Aid
The Journal of Nutrition published in 2009 the results of a 12-week study conducted by two research teams, Provident Clinical Research and Meridien Research. Study participants exercised and ingested 625 mg of green tea per day, the equivalent of drinking three cups. Researchers concluded the catechins in green tea may enhance weight loss by increasing abdominal fat loss.
Subjects were given 500 ml of a beverage daily with 625 mg of green tea; they also exercised for 180 minutes a week at a moderate intensity. Those who had consumed the green tea lost more weight than those who were in the control group. This complements what is known from Asian culture where 80% of the population drinks three cups of green tea a day and those that consume the tea have a known reduced mortality. (see references 5)
Salada makes 100% green tea, which is hand-plucked. Green tea is plucked at an earlier stage and is steamed, where black tea is plucked later and oxidized giving it different properties.
For centuries, people in Asia have utilized green tea for its health benefits. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry published a study on green tea's effects on bone density. The study concluded the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, in green tea increased bone density of green tea drinkers by 5 percent. Study participants exercised and ingested 625 mg of green tea per day, the equivalent of drinking three cups.
- "Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Cancer Prevention": Green Tea Fights Cancer, Inflammation
- "Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry"; Dr. Vali et al.;Sept.7, 2006,
- Science Daily: Consumption Of Green Tea Associated With Reduced Mortality In Japanese Adults; Sept. 13, 2006
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