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Green tea contains a number of compounds that work together to prevent tooth decay. One of these is natural fluorine, an element that helps to strengthen tooth enamel. The fluoride added to our drinking water supplies is a toxic chemical, but natural fluorine is important to our bodies and green tea is one of the richest sources of this element.
Green tea is useful in treating gastrointestinal infections and has been used for fever, eye problems and hemorrhoids. It has an astringent action due to its tannin content, a stimulating quality due to the caffeine, theophylline and theobromine alkaloids it contains.
In Chinese medicine, green tea is thought to clear the head and expel fidgets. It helps resolve (or clear) excess phlegm, remove stagnant food from the digestive tract and promote urination. It is used to help treat headaches, dizziness, thirst, indigestion, diarrhea caused by malaria and stagnant phlegm (or respiratory congestion).
The Chinese consider green tea a tonic for the heart. The theophylline and caffeine in green tea stimulate the heart and dilate the peripheral blood vessels aiding the circulation of blood. Research suggests green tea protects the heart by preventing blood clots and reducing cholesterol levels.
Green tea is a powerful antioxidant, which means it counteracts the inflammation that is the root cause of coronary heart disease. The polyphenols in gteen tea are a form of condensed tannins and have a similar structure and properties to pycnogenol (Grapine). One chemical in green tea, epigallocatechin, has been found to be 200 times mote powerful than vitamin E in neutralizing free radicals that attack lipids in the brain. These compounds aid liver detoxification.
For those who want to use green tea for its healthful properties, but don't want to drink it, it is available in capsule form from Nature's Sunshine. Each capsule contains 400 mg. of green tea extracrstandardized to 80% polyphenols. This extracris is caffeine free for those who don't want (or need) the stimulation.
Green tea Extract (60 capsules)