Posted by Joel Freilich on 6/21/2012 to Health
A new study released by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) finds that drinking green tea can help lower blood pressure. "We investigated whether the flavonoid epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) modulates brain activity and self-reported mood in a double-blind, placebo controlled crossover study", states the finding on the website, "This pattern of results suggests that participants in the EGCG condition may have been in a more relaxed and attentive state after consuming EGCG".
This report follows many years of speculation that green tea has relaxing properties linked to lower blood pressure. A 2010 report in The New York Times seemingly debunks this theory stating that "Green tea doesn’t seem to have much effect on blood pressure; hibiscus tea may have potential".
Aside from its effect on blood pressure green tea has been shown to have a positive effect on many diseases, including cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, liver disease and even dental cavities. A University of Maryland Medical Center study finds that green tea has many powerful health benefits.
In traditional Chinese medicine, green tea is drunk on the hottest of summer days for its effect on "cooling down" the body.
A word of caution: drinking too much of caffeine-filled green tea can have adverse effects on the body. Caffeine should always be ingested in moderation.
To summarize: Studies find many health benefits in green tea. It is also a fat and calorie free beverage, and is always a good alternative to juice or soda pop. So, sit down, relax and enjoy the perfect cup of Wissotzky Green tea, Wissotzky green tea with honey and all other great Wissotzky green tea flavors. Your body will thank you.