Green tea capsules has several potential health benefits that are slowly being discovered, here are some preliminary results:
- Alzheimer’s An ingredient in green tea that researchers think might fight cancer may also protect the brain from the memory-destroying Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists injected mice with an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate and said it decreased production of beta-amyloid, a protein that forms the plaques that clog the brains of Alzheimer’s victims. Previous research had mentioned EGCG has protective effects against betaA-induced neuronal apoptosis (cell death) through scavenging reactive oxygen species, which may be beneficial for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. A higher consumption of green tea is associated with a lower prevalence of cognitive impairment.
- Arthritis Some green tea catechins are chondroprotective (protecting cartilage) in lab studies, and that consumption of green tea may benefit the arthritis patient by reducing inflammation and slowing cartilage breakdown. Further studies will be required to determine whether these compounds access the joint space in sufficient concentration and in a form capable of providing efficacy when ingested as tea or capsule.
- Blood thinner: Anti-platelet (blood thinning) activity of green tea catechins is mediated by inhibition of cytoplasmic calcium increase.Blood Pressure Drinking green tea may lessen the effects of the medication nadolol (Corgard), used to treat high blood pressure.
- Cancer: There is growing evidence that drinking green tea may reduce the risk for various types of cancer. However, little is known regarding the cancer preventive benefit of green tea supplements and the appropriate dosage.