Every day there are 73,000 free radical attacks on each skin cell, triggering damaging enzymes. The real problem: skin you don’t even see, already looks older.
Our skin needs antioxidants to neutralize the free radical attacks. Green tea is a powerful antioxidant. Green tea polyphenols oxidize and lose their activity when exposed to air, so that’s why drinking green tea is much more effective than either topical application or green tea supplementation.
This flavorful beverage offers many health benefits to anyone who drinks it regularly. Green tea contains a potent plant nutrient known as epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, for short. Green tea has more catechins than black tea (about 25% vs 4%).
Recent studies have shown that drinking green tea may prevent skin damage and wrinkling. EGCG appears to be 200 times more powerful than vitamin E at destroying skin-damaging free radicals.
And It tastes good. If you’re not wild about the flavor, try different kinds, or even a blend of green, white, and red teas. Try it iced or hot. Add some of the natural herb stevia to sweeten it if you want a sweeter drink. Add a few squirts of lemon (more antioxidants!) for even more flavor.
How much is recommended? 2-3 cups per day. And, don’t worry green tea contains a lot less caffeine than coffee or black tea.
Another great benefit - green tea targets belly fat. Research at Tufts University indicates that EGCG in green tea, like other catechins, activates fat-burning genes in the abdomen to speed weight loss by 77 percent. And we all know, the more weight we lose, the better our skin looks – much more toned and healthy.
We’re bringing back daily tea time! Make it green tea, your skin will love you!