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mds_79
01-16-2002, 06:40 PM
Dr. Oguni, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences in University of Shizuoka, Hamamatsu College, Japan discusses the healthy benefits of green tea in his site, Green Tea and Human Health.


Preventing food poisoning (http://gojapan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.daisan.co.jp/health8.htm)
Catechin, the bitter ingredients of green tea in green tea effectively kills bacteria which causes food poisoning and also kills the toxins produced by those bacteria.

Reducing the risk of cancer (http://gojapan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.daisan.co.jp/health2.htm)
Catechin is said to be effective to reduce the growth of cancer.

Practicing good oral hygiene (http://gojapan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.daisan.co.jp/health9.htm)
Catechin suppresses the formation of plaque by cariogenic bacteria and also kills the bacteria themselves. It also kills other bacteria that cause bad breath. Green tea contains natural fluorine which helps prevent cavities.

Preventing the increase of cholesterol (http://gojapan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.daisan.co.jp/health3.htm)
Catechin prevents the excessive buildup of blood cholesterol.

Controlling high blood pressure (http://gojapan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.daisan.co.jp/health4.htm)
Catechin suppresses production of angiotensin II which leads to high blood pressure.

Lowering blood sugar (http://gojapan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.daisan.co.jp/health5.htm)
Catechin and polysaccharides are effective in lowering blood sugar.

Slowing the aging process (http://gojapan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.daisan.co.jp/health6.htm)
Consuming agents that are effective antioxidants will slow the aging process. Green tea is rich in vitamin E, which works as antioxidant. Also, catechin in green tea is a very strong antioxidant.

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Are your drinking green tea today?

Monkeybrains
01-16-2002, 07:25 PM
I've got some, but I've only tried it once.

CBates
01-16-2002, 08:28 PM
I feel kind of stupid for asking this, but where can you get green tea at? I don't drink tea period, so I don't know that much about it. Can you get it at anyplace that carries regular tea?

ElPietro
01-16-2002, 08:37 PM
Yes...in fact it's probably harder to find orange pekoe now than it is green tea. Black tea is also an excellent choice from what I've read/heard.

Avatar
01-16-2002, 08:45 PM
2-3 cups / day for me.

JohnnyAutoParts
01-16-2002, 09:17 PM
caffeine free is the way to go

Avatar
01-16-2002, 09:28 PM
Originally posted by JohnnyAutoParts
caffeine free is the way to go

you can buy de-caf green tea that has all the same benefits as the caffeinated version? where?

Monkeybrains
01-16-2002, 09:41 PM
Originally posted by Avatar


you can buy de-caf green tea that has all the same benefits as the caffeinated version? where?

Yep, I've got some.
You've got to make sure its naturally de-caffeineated (with water and co2 I think), rather than with chemicals (because they destroy some of the good stuff).

Jane
01-17-2002, 04:36 AM
I can't stand green tea. I don't care if it lowers my high blood pressure.

:)

Pup
01-17-2002, 05:37 AM
Just drink it you wuss :rolleyes:

Wizard
01-17-2002, 05:56 AM
It mix it with mint and it tastes better.. though it's still nasty.

hemants
01-17-2002, 07:07 AM
What's the active ingredient, anyone know?

Avatar
01-17-2002, 08:40 AM
wish I could tell if my green tea was de-caf or not.. can't read the ingredients since its all in japanese. Guess I better get my next pack somewhere other than japan...hehe.

btw- is there any real difference between japanese tea, chinese tea and green tea? they all seem to taste slightly different but all have the same texture. whats the diff?

Wizard
01-17-2002, 10:43 AM
The active ingredient??? :confused:
Of tea?

Well,you may be asking about the polyphenols which are very effective scavengers for free radicals and protect the nervous system and the brain tissue.

mds_79
01-17-2002, 01:31 PM
Catechin
BTW just click on the links for more info.

Wizard
01-17-2002, 01:46 PM
catechin=polyphenols :nod:

mds_79
01-17-2002, 08:11 PM
Originally posted by Wizard
catechin=polyphenols :nod:
:nod: