Monday, December 10, 2007

Benefits of Green Tea

Most of us know about green tea from having dined at a Chinese restaurant. Almost every Chinese eatery offers patrons this traditional, warming drink instead of coffee. Aside from being a welcoming treat when going out to dinner, green tea provides many wonderful, nutritional benefits.

In addition to containing vitamins and minerals, green tea possesses numerous compounds that have antioxidant and health-enhancing properties. One of the main compounds is the bioflavonoid catechin. Catechin works both alone and in conjunction with other flavonoids found in the tea and has both defense-supporting and free radical-scavenging properties.*

Recently, numerous scientific research studies have been published supporting the intake of green tea. Several of these studies conclude that green tea has heart-health benefits.* Other studies show promise balancing overall health.* Although these studies need additional supporting research to confirm their conclusions, it is clear that modern science is starting to prove what traditional Chinese health practitioners have known all along: green tea enhances our body and mind in many, many ways.

Dr. Yibing Wang
Director of Research and Development

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.