Thursday, March 18, 2010
Green Tea Linked to Increase in Oral Health
Is there anything green tea can’t do? I write so many posts about the various health benefits of green tea I may have to change the name of the blog. As many of you know I love my green tea. Both my hubby and I drink it all day long. I am sipping my second cup of the day as I write this.
According to this recent analysis of 25,000 people there is a reduction in tooth loss in those that drink green tea. Studies have indicated that the catechins in green tea inhibit the oral bacteria associated with periodontal disease. This is not very surprising since there was another recent study linking a reduction in oral cancer with green tea consumption
This is another study in a long line of studies that indicates that green tea may just be the healthiest beverage on earth. Given all the studies that link green tea consumption with a reduction in many forms of cancer it has become an important part of our lives.
As many of you know I adore my green tea. Pictured above is my beverage of choice, a double green tea with fresh sliced ginger, and vitamin C powder with dry roasted edamame. Both Dan and I have this at least three times a day. For those of you that are new readers I wanted to highlight a few things that I do in relation to green tea.
When choosing green tea the Japanese varieties contain more EGCG, we buy matcha. To get the maximum benefit from the tea it is important to brew it for 10 minutes and then consume it within two hours as the antioxidants deteriorate with time. Vitamin C powder is added to keep the EGCG available longer in the body so more of it can be absorbed. We add ginger for taste, antioxidants (gingerol) and for its anti-inflammatory properties. We consume dry roasted edamame with our green tea because soy and green tea have been shown to have a synergistic effect.
Is this a little bit of overkill? Maybe. But my theory is that if we can develop little habits like this we provide our bodies with things it needs to stay healthy or heal every few hours.