🍃🫖Drink Green Tea for Your Health!🫖🍃

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Green Tea

I’ve been impressed with the number of people asking me about the best tea to drink for their health. Many of you are taking improving your health seriously and are ditching soda or pop, artificially sweetened drinks, and large mugs of coffee.

Now, to that question: All teas have antioxidants and beneficial health properties. However, to increase your antioxidant level, you may want to look at green tea.

There’s lots of information and studies about the benefits of green tea. I will confess that I really enjoy reading them.

I found this article about a study on Green Tea from Ohio State University. The article isn’t super technical, so I will share it with you to encourage you to drink more green tea regardless of where you are in your health journey.

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Here’s the study:

New research in people with a cluster of heart disease risk factors has shown that consuming green tea extract for four weeks can reduce blood sugar levels and improve gut health by lowering inflammation and decreasing “leaky gut.”

Researchers said this is the first study assessing whether the health risks linked to the condition known as metabolic syndrome, which affects about one-third of Americans, may be diminished by green tea’s anti-inflammatory benefits in the gut.

“There is much evidence that greater consumption of green tea is associated with good levels of cholesterol, glucose, and triglycerides, but no studies have linked its benefits in the gut to those health factors,” said Richard Bruno, senior study author and professor of human nutrition at The Ohio State University.

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The team conducted the clinical trial in 40 individuals as a follow-up to a 2019 study that associated lower obesity and fewer health risks with improved gut health in mice that consumed green tea supplements.

In the new study, green tea extract also lowered blood sugar, or glucose, and decreased gut inflammation and permeability in healthy people – an unexpected finding.

“What this tells us is that within one month, we’re able to lower blood glucose in both people with metabolic syndrome and healthy people, and the lowering of blood glucose appears to be related to decreasing leaky gut and decreasing gut inflammation – regardless of health status,” Bruno said.

People with metabolic syndrome are diagnosed with at least three of five factors that increase the risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems – excess belly fat, high blood pressure, low HDL (good) cholesterol, and high levels of fasting blood glucose and triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood.

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“Most physicians will initially recommend weight loss and exercise. Unfortunately, we know most persons can’t comply with lifestyle modifications for various reasons,” he said. “Our work is aiming to give people a new food-based tool to help manage their risk for metabolic syndrome or to reverse metabolic syndrome.”

Forty participants – 21 with metabolic syndrome and 19 healthy adults – consumed gummy confections containing green tea extract rich in anti-inflammatory compounds called catechins for 28 days. The daily dose equaled five cups of green tea. In the randomized, double-blind crossover trial, all participants spent another 28 days taking a placebo, with a month off of any supplement between the treatments.

Researchers confirmed that participants, as advised, followed a diet low in polyphenols – naturally occurring antioxidants in fruits, vegetables, teas, and spices – during the placebo and green tea extract confection phases of the trial, so any results could be attributed to the effects of green tea alone.

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Unexpected study results

Results showed that fasting blood glucose levels for all participants were significantly lower after taking green tea extract compared to levels after taking the placebo. Decreased gut inflammation due to the green tea treatment in all participants was established through an analysis that showed reduced pro-inflammatory proteins in fecal samples. Using a technique to assess sugar ratios in urine samples, researchers also found that with green tea, participants’ small intestine permeability favorably decreased.

Gut permeability, or leaky gut, enables intestinal bacteria and related toxic compounds to enter the bloodstream, stimulating low-grade chronic inflammation.

“That absorption of gut-derived products is thought to be an initiating factor for obesity and insulin resistance, which are central to all cardiometabolic disorders,” Bruno said. “If we can improve gut integrity and reduce leaky gut, the thought is we’ll be able to not only alleviate low-grade inflammation that initiates cardiometabolic disorders but potentially reverse them.”

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“We did not attempt to cure metabolic syndrome with a one-month study,” he said. “But based on what we know about the causal factors behind metabolic syndrome, there is potential for green tea to act at the gut level to alleviate the risk for either developing it or reversing it if you already have metabolic syndrome.”

In terms of the level of caffeine in freshly brewed green tea, “it does not contain as much as one might think,” Bruno said. “At approximately 30-40 mg per cup of brewed tea, it is about three to four times lower than that in a cup of coffee (80-120 mg).”

“Unless someone is sensitive to caffeine, the amount in several cups of tea would be well below limits where adverse effects (e.g., jitters, overstimulation) would be expected. That said, the gummies prepared for the study were made with decaffeinated green tea extract to avoid these potential problems and also to better isolate the benefits of green tea on health,” he said.

This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center at Ohio State.

Ohio State co-authors of both papers include Min Zeng, Geoffrey Sasaki, Sisi Cao, Yael Vodovotz, and Joanna Hodges. Avinash Pokala and Shahabeddin Rezaei also co-authored the paper on glucose reduction.

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I found this study to be so encouraging for people struggling with these health issues.

I’m so happy to say that I have a lot of excellent green teas for y’all to choose from.

I drink Green Cinnamon Twist and Organic Jasmine Bouquet Green Tea or Jasmine Pearls every day. I like jasmine hot or iced.

With the weather warming up, I also enjoy Pomegranate and Blueberry Green Tea with Goji Berries as iced tea.

My husband loves Berryliscious and drinks it daily. He cold brews 2 quarts in our Takeya Iced Tea Maker and takes it to work to sip on all day.

If caffeine is an issue, I have several lovely decaffeinated green teas that work well, hot or cold. Organic Decaf Green Tea, Decaf Raspberry Green Tea, Decaf Jasmine Green Tea, and Decaf Lemon Supreme Green Tea are all very popular.

So here’s to drinking more wonderful green tea and our health,

~ Dani

Disclaimer: This newsletter is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. It is not to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare or medical professional.

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