People of today will resort to anything to stave off the effects of aging. Laser surgery, botox, fancy pills and expensive creams – anything to slow down those wrinkles and stay youthful forever! In their pursuit of the fountain of youth, a much cheaper (and just as effective) alternative is often overlooked.
Oftentimes, Mother Nature has given us everything we need. Green tea is an amazing anti aging powerhouse! It is widely known that the Japanese have unusually extended life spans due to their regular green tea consumption.
A paper published in the February 2009 issue of “Free Radical Biology and Medicine” concluded that EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), an antioxidant extract found in concentrated levels in green tea, extended the lives of a roundworm species known as C. elegans. This compound improved the longevity of C. elegans exposed to the physical stress of a heated environment by up to 13%. Researchers found that ECGC supplemented C. elegans lived up to a whopping 173% longer than their non supplemented counterparts. These longevity benefits are due to the antioxidant properties of EGCG as well as its ability to increase the production of stress-reducing proteins.
The anti aging benefits of green tea are largely attributed to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Here are just a few of its well-documented benefits:
- Skin health: Green tea can delay skin aging as well as reduce the risk of melanoma due to sun exposure. Researchers have even gone so far as to include green tea extracts in many high-end anti-aging serums and creams today.
- Delay functional impairment: Regular green tea consumption lowers osteoporosis and stroke risk, high triglyceride levels, as well as a host of other diseases that often come with aging. Researches recommend at least 3-5 cups a day.
- Improve cognitive function: Green tea was found in laboratory studies to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter strongly linked with memory. The catechins in green tea reduce damaging free radicals and the flavonoids protect the brain from oxidative stress.
The next time you search desperately for your fountain of youth, don’t forget the humble little green tea leaf. It does more wonders than you can imagine.