Lately, there has been a lot of talk about green tea and its superior antioxidant capabilities or effects. Many products are now on the shelf, ranging from vitamins to nail polish treatments, all with green tea notes being advertised everywhere. The question is, however, whether green tea can really reverse the aging process.
Many scientists and doctors are currently studying this troubling situation. Green tea is thought to contain antioxidant polyphenols, such as ECGCs, which prevent and even delay certain cancers and certain precancerous agents such as actinic keratoses.
I must say that some cancers because only a few types of cancers have been scientifically tested to date. This is due to the ever-increasing astronomical costs of medical research and the fact that this type of test takes years before results are accepted as proven. Many research steps will also be needed before many human trials can be performed.
Current research shows that green tea has remarkable antioxidant properties and is proven to prevent and delay oral and laryngeal cancers. This is because the polyphenols contained in green tea inhibit free radicals produced by cellular activities and environmental damage (such as those caused by UV rays). These free radicals, when left to their own devices, actually cause aging.
Different antioxidants ranging from fruits like Goji and Acai berries, blueberries and grapes to black, white and green teas have proven to be excellent at slowing down or stopping the damage caused by these free radicals.
However, it has been proven that only an antioxidant can repair the damage caused by free radicals, polyphenols from green tea. Some people say that to experience the excellent antioxidant and free radical properties of green tea, you have to drink large quantities, abundant and unrealistic. This is not true.
In one experiment, it has been shown that simply chewing leaves can prevent and reverse or delay oral cancer. In another experiment in Japan, an ointment was prepared from minced green tea leaves and applied to patients burned by exposure to radiation. The balm has been found to promote healing, reduce scarring and delay cancer and precancerous cell growth.
This should be enough to assert that green tea has great antioxidant capabilities and that since free radicals are at the root of the aging process, green tea polyphenols such as ECGC can inhibit these radicals free and even possibly the aging process. There is even a story of a Chinese herbalist who lived 252 years ago because they ate goji berries each day. Goji berries are renowned for their high levels of antioxidants.
Now, since this story can not be proven and is simply a tradition, we can not accept it, but green tea has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any food or supplement natural and must therefore be considered as an excellent antioxidant, anti-cancer, and a high-potential anti-aging treatment whether hot tea, chewing gum or ointment for application to the outside.