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Green tea

Is it really that good?

Green tea, with its refreshing taste and potential health-promoting properties, has captivated tea enthusiasts for centuries. Originating from China, this ancient beverage has gained popularity worldwide. In this post, we will analyse the numerous health benefits associated with green tea, exploring the scientific evidence that supports its potential positive impact on overall well-being.

It is super rich in antioxidants

Green tea is renowned for its high concentration of antioxidants. These powerful compounds, known as catechins, play a significant role in protecting cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can lead to oxidative stress and contribute to the development of various diseases. The most abundant and potent catechin in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been widely studied for its potential health benefits. EGCG and other catechins in green tea have been shown to neutralize free radicals, reducing oxidative damage and promoting cellular health. This antioxidant activity can have a profound impact on overall well-being and may contribute to the prevention of chronic diseases.

Promotes heart health

Regular consumption of green tea has been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases. The antioxidants in green tea help improve blood flow by enhancing the function of the endothelial cells that line the blood vessels. This can lead to improved arterial health and reduced risk of heart disease. Additionally, green tea has been found to lower LDL cholesterol levels, often referred to as “bad” cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol contribute to the formation of plaque in the arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease. Studies have shown that green tea consumption can help lower LDL cholesterol, promoting a healthier lipid profile.

Moreover, green tea has been associated with a modest decrease in blood pressure, which is another important factor in maintaining heart health. By promoting healthy blood flow and supporting cardiovascular function, green tea can be a valuable addition to a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Tea in a cup
Supports weight management

Green tea has long been recognized for its potential role in weight management. It contains compounds that can enhance metabolism and increase fat oxidation. Catechins, particularly EGCG, have been shown to aid in the breakdown of fat cells and increase the body’s energy expenditure.

Studies have indicated that green tea consumption may contribute to weight loss and help maintain a healthy body weight. However, it’s important to note that the effects of green tea on weight management are modest, and it should be combined with a balanced diet and regular physical activity for optimal results. Weight gain has a direct correlation to increased risk of developing Lower back pain, sciatica, osteoarthitis, diabetes type 2, etc. By reducing your body weight, you are in fact taking care of those precious ankles, knees, hips and spine. Do not take your body for granted!

Boosts brain function

The presence of caffeine in green tea provides a mild stimulant effect that can improve alertness and concentration. This can be beneficial for cognitive performance, particularly in terms of memory and attention.

In addition to caffeine, green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine. L-theanine has unique properties that promote relaxation and reduce anxiety without causing drowsiness. When combined with caffeine, L-theanine can have a synergistic effect, enhancing cognitive function and promoting a state of focused calmness.

The combination of caffeine and L-theanine in green tea has been shown to improve brain function, including memory, attention, and overall cognitive performance. By incorporating green tea into your daily routine, you can give your brain a natural boost.

Potential cancer-fighting properties

The high concentration of antioxidants in green tea, particularly EGCG, has been the subject of research regarding its potential cancer-fighting properties. Numerous studies have suggested that the antioxidants in green tea may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer.

EGCG has been shown to interfere with various processes involved in cancer development, such as cell proliferation, angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels), and metastasis (the spread of cancer cells). While further research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms and potential benefits, green tea’s potential role in cancer prevention is promising.

Supports digestive health

Green tea has been traditionally used to aid digestion and promote gastrointestinal health. It may help improve gut health by promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus, while reducing the presence of harmful bacteria.

The polyphenols found in green tea also have anti-inflammatory effects on the digestive system. Inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, involve chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Green tea’s anti-inflammatory properties may help alleviate symptoms and promote a healthier gut environment.

Additionally, green tea has been shown to have a calming effect on the digestive system, helping to reduce spasms and discomfort. By supporting digestive health, green tea can contribute to overall well-being.

Enhances skin health

The antioxidants in green tea can have a positive impact on skin health. They help protect the skin from oxidative stress, which is a major contributor to premature aging and skin damage. Green tea’s antioxidant properties may help reduce the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.

Green tea antioxidant

Moreover, green tea extracts are often used in skincare products for their potential anti-inflammatory and moisturizing effects. They can help soothe the skin, reduce redness and irritation, and improve overall skin tone and texture. By incorporating green tea into your skincare routine or using skincare products containing green tea extracts, you can harness its benefits for healthier, more radiant skin.

Immune function

Green tea contains catechins that possess antimicrobial properties, which can help inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and viruses. By reducing the activity of these pathogens, green tea supports the body’s immune system and may reduce the risk of infections.

Furthermore, the antioxidants in green tea help protect the immune cells from oxidative damage, ensuring their optimal function. A robust immune system is essential for overall health and well-being, as it helps defend against a wide range of illnesses and infections.

Green tea is more than just a refreshing beverage. Its rich antioxidant content and potential health benefits make it a valuable addition to a healthy lifestyle. From its ability to protect cells from oxidative damage and promote heart health to its potential role in weight management, brain function, cancer prevention, digestive health, skin health, and immune support, green tea offers a multitude of health benefits.

Incorporating green tea into your daily routine can be as simple as enjoying a hot cup of brewed tea or exploring other delicious options like matcha or green tea-infused smoothies. However, it’s important to note that while green tea offers many potential health benefits, it is not a magical cure-all. It should be seen as part of an overall healthy lifestyle, which includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, and other health-promoting habits.

As with any dietary consideration, individual responses may vary. It’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional if you have any specific health concerns or questions about incorporating green tea into your routine, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are taking medication.

So, why not embrace the healing powers of green tea and savor its numerous health benefits? Raise your cup and toast to a healthier, happier you!

Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

Dr. Edoardo Elisei DC

Alive Chiropractic LTD
alivechiropractic.co.uk
1C Crown Gate Square
POUNDBURY

07/07/2023

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Richard
Richard
12:52 03 May 24
Fantastic informative straightforward information looking forward to working with Edo
Linda Jukes
Linda Jukes
18:07 01 May 24
I have had back pain for many years and tried lots of different ways to ease it, with no success. From my first appointment at Alive Chiropractic Clinic, I could feel an improvement. I am so pleased with the results after a 12 week course. The clinic is superb and Edo is friendly and supportive. I will continue to visit the clinic and recommend to everyone!
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Gary Rolls
19:48 24 Apr 24
I have been a patient of the Alive Chiropractor clinic for the last six weeks. Following a stroke in March 2022 I had been suffering with a walking imbalance and general lack of mobility. I would say that my improvement stands somewhere between 60-70% already. I would happily recommend the clinic to anyone that is suffering to book themselves an appointment.
Peter Waller
Peter Waller
11:29 15 Apr 24
After visiting Dr. Edoardo at the Alive chiropractic clinic, I booked a block booking of 12 sessions. From start to finish he made me feel very comfortable, and as each session went on i began to feel much better within myself.As well as the work he done with me in the clinic, he has taught me many different exercises to help me with the problems in which i suffer with, as well as explaining to me how my diet can also help me going forward.He has been a great help, and i shall continue to see him in the future so that he can help me maintain ( and improve) my well being.RegardsPeter
leonie macdonald
leonie macdonald
16:15 18 Mar 24
I was greeted by an interested and professional person. I was helped to deal with a recent trauma, not only with deep breathing techniques and compassion but also accurate chiropractic treatment. Every time I left my appointment I felt a profound sense of healing.
Emma Simmons
Emma Simmons
20:34 07 Jan 24
My experience from the very first consultation has been excellent! Edo is extremely knowledgeable and a great professional. His holistic outlook and advice brings benefits beyond his chiropractic adjustments, which is an added bonus! I would highly recommend his practice.
olly morency
olly morency
09:16 21 Nov 23
An excellent service; Edo helped me with corrections for my back, and advice on how to improve my health span with breath work and improved movement. Strong recommend!
Moira Priestley
Moira Priestley
20:18 15 Oct 23
I found the treatment I received very beneficial. My sciatica has eased a lot and I am sleeping much better. I would highly recommend Alive Chiropractic.
Ben Boughton-White
Ben Boughton-White
06:04 15 Oct 23
A fantastic chiropractic experience!Dr Edo provides a whole body approach to resolving chiropractic issues. His care plan to help solve your unique issues is fantastic, short and simple adjustments rather than long sessions of big adjustments has worked brilliantly for me. Communications are easy and booking ahead is brilliant for me and my schedule.I can’t recommend Alive highly enough!
Benny Clifford
Benny Clifford
15:53 25 Sep 23
Dr Edo has been a great help in getting me moving again, and he is a trustworthy pair of hands in his field of work. Top man!The reception is also very welcoming. I very much recommend this place!
Jane Bygraves
Jane Bygraves
12:30 14 Sep 23
I have a better range of movement and am moving more freely after a course of gentle, thorough treatment with Alive Chiropractic. My energy levels have improved.
Sarah Spadon
Sarah Spadon
18:48 10 Sep 23
I’ve been adjusted by Dr Edoardo for a number of years now, since I’ve been under care I’ve never had any problems but most importantly he helps me keep my nervous system healthy through maintenance care which allows me to be more in control in all of my day to day activities and keeps my mind healthy. His adjustments are gentle and precise and he is really kind and makes you feel at ease in any moment. Highly recommend!
Morgex
Morgex
11:05 10 Sep 23
This is my first experience with chiropractic ever, and it has been life changing! I have a slipped lumbar disc and I was in lots of pain and had very limited mobility. I saw Edo for a few appointments and not only did my back get better, it has stayed that way since! I am doing the exercises he prescribed and now I am only seeing him for maintenance and I feel better than ever, more relaxed and aware of my posture overall . He is a good listener, very informative, professional and communicative.
Isabella White
Isabella White
07:15 08 Sep 23
A wonderful experience so far with Dr Edo at his clinic in Poundbury. I have come away from my first six sessions feeling so much more aware and in tune with my body, and I have experienced noticeable changes in my body and mindset also.Dr Edo is professional, knowledge, and believes firmly in his work which he is clearly passionate about. I feel he has an empowering vision, cares deeply, and has a refreshing balance of western and eastern understanding. Because of this, Dr Edo has a deeper, holistic approach by taking into account all aspects of one's lifestyle (diet, exercise, mental/emotional state) in sessions. For someone like myself who values a holistic perspective on health, Dr Edo's approach is invaluable and helped me relax and feel at great ease. Sam in reception is lovely and you instantly feel welcomed when coming in for a session also. Thank you to you both. Highly recommend!
Chris Copeland
Chris Copeland
20:59 16 Aug 23
Dr. Edo has a very calm temperament and his knowledge aids in your own relaxation, which is a help when your own flexibility, mobility or posture are far from relaxed. Sam, the Chiropractic assistant, is the first person to greet you when you arrive and will explain the fundamentals of the practice. The practice is clean, modern and has ample road side parking. The whole experience has been a success and I am now able to move without pain, the new mobility gained will enable me to get on with life and have new experiences and adventures, for this I thank you.
Sonya Hendry
Sonya Hendry
18:21 16 Aug 23
I have been coming to see Ed at Alive Chiropractic since opening. Visiting regularly is enabling me to have a more comfortable and mobile life. The ambiance and warm welcome, along with total professionalism means so much.
Alison Michele Williams
Alison Michele Williams
20:49 30 Jul 23
A great, professional, friendly service. A whole rounded approach to better well being and healthy body.Thank you!
Tessa Aindow
Tessa Aindow
16:58 13 Jul 23
Brilliant experience. My back has improved so much and I don’t have the same aches and pains. Dr Edo is very professional and gives great advice and exercises to help alongside the adjustments at the clinic.
Malwina T
Malwina T
15:56 19 Jun 23
Great and unique treatment. Eased the lower back pain significantly! Changed my outlook on chiropractic treatments and self care. Highly recommend!!!
jill cheng
jill cheng
09:17 16 Jun 23
I visited the clinic after suffering with low back pain for nearly ten years. The chiropractor helped me regain functionality and quality of life. More importantly, he helped me understand and connect some aspects of my life to my body and how it works, strongly recommended 👍🏻
Chirosofia
Chirosofia
20:41 14 Jun 23
I have known Edoardo since day one at Chiropractic College, and I have witnessed his growing passion for this profession. His long time experience as a Yoga Instructor, combined to his deep knowledge into the Chiropractic art, science and philosophy, will make your journey towards healthy-living a very pleasant experience. Book that appointment and enjoy feeling better!
Paul Ansell
Paul Ansell
12:33 08 Feb 23
All my life I’ve had bad posture and bad back I’ve been to doctors specialists and always same outcome I’ve got to live with it. At the age of 58 I went to this practice and he has done wonders this is the best I have ever been since I can remember. Highly recommend
Zoe Ratcliffe
Zoe Ratcliffe
17:05 30 Jan 23
I attended Alive chiropractor after seeing a special offer they were offering and suffering from a bad back for a long time it felt like a good idea to go see what they said. Since this I have been attending twice a week and the improvements are happening. Edo is very knowledgeable and really wants the best for you he doesn't just care about the back or other pains you may be having but also acknowledges the impact these things can have on you emotionally and personally. I can't recommend this service enough.
Michelle Lambell
Michelle Lambell
21:55 24 Jan 23
Regular sessions with Dr Edo at Alive Chiropractic have made such a big difference to my posture, my way of working at my desk and taught me how to manage my breathing, all of which have led to a big shift in my mindset towards looking after myself and my body.I will happily recommend Alive Chiropractic to my friends.
Paul Nicol
Paul Nicol
08:22 30 Sep 22
I have just finished initial treatment for my back problem. Appointments with the NHS in the past have never resulted in a diagnosis let alone treatment. However at Alive I received a diagnosis and treatment plan on the initial consultation. This set out exactly how I was going to be treated and cost. Following the treatment I could not be healthier or happier. An exceptionally professional service in which Dr Edoardo Elisei seems passionate about what he does. It is more than just a hands on treatment on his 'couch', but a full lifestyle treatment ensuring exercises and diet are in balance to assist recovery and as a preventative for the future. I would be happy to recommend to anyone.
claudia marcela lopez gallardo
claudia marcela lopez gallardo
08:05 30 Jul 22
Edo is a great professional, very friendly and knowledgeable. He corrected my posture in only few months, he said this was going to happen and I couldn't believe it, it was so fast and happened, the changes not only I could feel them but also you can see them. He did the adjustments with a lot of care, with a lot of patience he took the time to give the advices and exercises that I could benefit my posture in the future. I totally recommend him.
TheLizwalker
TheLizwalker
10:18 18 Jul 22
When I first met Dr Ed I had problems bending, and worst of all I could hardly move my neck. I was a total painful wreck.Ed takes a very holistic approach, encouraging me to lose weight and work on different rehab exercises to reinforce the manipulations and adjustments he made.Here I am some three months on, I weigh a lot less, I have incredible flexibility in my lower back and can now touch my toes and, best of all. I have full flexibility of my neck.Eds holistic approach really works, he is very approachable and easy to chat about things with.One caveat, Ed knows when you haven't done your exercises so don't cheat. :)I cannot thank him enough for the massive improvements in my health and his encouraging me to make little changes for a healthier long term lifestyle.
Elaine Daniel
Elaine Daniel
13:05 07 Jul 22
I saw Edo in March and he was so informative regarding my spinal issues. I have had many treatments from him over the past few months and feel so much better and have more movement and less pain. He provides exercises for clients to help with strengthening muscles which is all part and parcel of chiropractic healing. I would recommend going to see him anytime.
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