Surprising New Understanding Of The Health Benefits Of Green Tea

We know that green tea reduces the risk of chronic illness. It is also a healthy staple around the world. The benefits were previously believed to derive from antioxidants preventing oxidative stress by capturing free radicals. A new study shows that the benefits work differently.

Green tea contains catechins belonging to a group of polyphenols and these catechins actually increase oxidative stress in the short term in order to increase your body’s defensive capabilities.

More pro-oxidant than antioxidant, these polyphenols act more like a vaccine that helps improve your defenses and preparing your body for future danger.

A regular daily cup of steeped green tea is all that is needed to get the defensive benefits. High concentrations of green tea are actually toxic, so consuming extracts or concentrates is advised against.

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