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Green Tea
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Description: This tea or supplemental extract is derived from the leaves of Camella sinensis, the same plant that is used to make white and black tea. The leaves are lightly steamed and less processed than those of black tea, which accounts for its high antioxidant properties. It has been found to contain very potent antioxidant activity, and it improves detoxification. Green tea is commonly available in liquid, tablet, and capsule form.


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  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Detoxification
  • Digestive health
  • Gingivitis
  • High cholesterol
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  • Weight management

Precautions: Green tea that has not had the caffeine removed may cause irritability, insomnia, nervousness, and a fast heartbeat. However, these side effects are less common with green tea than with black tea, since it contains an amino acid known as L-theanine, which has a calming effect on the nervous system.

Dosage: Drink up to 10 cups of green tea daily, although 2 to 3 cups daily will provide good antioxidant protection. The supplement form should be standardized to 80 to 90 percent polyphenols and 35 to 55 percent epigallocatechin gallate, the potent antioxidant in green tea.

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