It's HealthyTo Be Green

Some may wonder why Healthy Habits is so “big” on our Green Tea Concentrates, both peach and kiwi-berry flavor. The following discussion is just the “tip of the iceberg” regarding research indicating that, next to reverse osmosis water, green tea is likely one of the best fluids for consumption.

Green tea has a long history of medicinal use throughout the world. Green tea leaves are processed with either steam or dry heat, and are not allowed to ferment. Black tea undergoes fermentation to strengthen its flavor.

Fermentation destroys most of the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a substance in green tea that appears to provide an insulin-enhancing boost. The more efficient insulin is, the less insulin your pancreas has to produce. EGCG also has anticancer and fat-burning properties. Research at Rutgers University found that black tea contains only about 10 percent of the EGCG of green tea, while oolong tea (the semi-fermented tea popular in China) contains 40 percent.

There are a number of studies supporting green tea’s health benefits; the following are just a sampling:

· The oral consumption of green tea can help treat acne problems. Certain compounds in tea are known to modulate both the production and action of male hormones (in both males and females). These are the hormones that can trigger acne, baldness, prostate enlargement, and cancer in the reproductive organs. Green tea and green tea extracts have been shown to help in each of these conditions. (Hong Kong Med J 01; 7 (4): 369-374)

· A study from the University of Sheffield shows that two compounds in green tea can help prevent osteoarthritis by blocking the enzyme that destroys cartilage.

· A report from Australia shows that green tea can help prevent ovarian cancer. After studying more than 900 Chinese patients, researchers found that the risk of ovarian cancer was lower in individuals who drank green tea daily, and even lower in those had drink tea for many years. (Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 02; 11(8): 713-718)

· A study performed by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that green tea “primed” the immune system’s T cells to better recognize and stimulate the production of antibodies against tumors, parasites, fungi and bacteria. In simple terms, regularly drinking green tea makes your immune system more efficient, and better prepared to fight off infections.

· These advantages apply only to true tea, not herbal teas. Also, don’t add milk, non-dairy creamer, or soy milk to your tea, because they lessen the insulin-enhancing effect of EGCG. Lemon juice is okay. (J Agric Food Chem 02; 50(24): 7182-7186)

PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Gary A. Martin is a DSc and PhD. He is not a medical doctor. He has retired from his busy wellness clinic practice that he had for 20 years. He is still active with his Foundation (Biological Immunity Research Institute) and assisting Healthy Habits in the proper formulation of their fine products. This information is presented for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not meant to cure, treat, prevent disease, nor prescribe or to be used for diagnosis. Please consult with your licensed Health Practitioner before following any of the protocol mentioned on this website. Please be aware that you accept all risk associated with using any of the protocols suggested by Dr. Martin.