#OHA 101: GREEN TEA EXTRACT

GREEN TEA: THE ANTI-OXIDANT POWERHOUSE

GREEN TEA – one of the most popular beverages known to detoxify our body.

blog4_greentea_leaves_titleGreen tea is one of the most powerful botanical antioxidants today. Rich in polyphenols, the most active and abundant ingredient in green tea is epigallocatechin-3-gallete (EGCG). EGCG is a bioactive polyphenol that increases antioxidants in our skin, revitalizing and restoring compounds. It works by helping restore our skin’s natural antioxidant balance. Unfermented green tea is the most potent source, containing the highest concentration of antioxidant polyphenols.

Studies suggest that green tea polyphenols are photo-protective in nature. Green teas polyphenols help eliminate free radicals that cause solar UVB light-induced skin disorders. 80% of skin damage is due to exposure to free radicals and UV light, and much of the damage to our skin has already happened by age 18. Green tea reduces the number of sunburned cells (skin redness), protecting the epidermis from UV damages.

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In 2003, Dr. Stephen Hsu, Cell Biologist at Medical College of Georgia, conducted a study that linked green tea to skin cell restoration. Green tea compound polyphenols were like “safeguards for healthy cells.” Old cells in the outer layer of skin that were exposed to EGCG in green tea actually started dividing, reactivating dying skin cells and making DNA. Hsu stated that though there are unknowns, if green tea can energize dying skin cells, it has the potential to improve skin condition.

 

Green tea powder matcha tea isolated on white.Green tea helps protect your body when you drink it, too. Some physicians recommend drinking 4-6 cups a day – the more the better! Green tea supplements are also effective, with a recommended dosage of 250-400 mg per day with 90% polyphenol content. You’ll even find some skin products with green tea – provide uniform protection inside and out!

Green tea does wonders for your body and researchers are continuing to conduct clinical studies to further discover green tea’s abilities to protect our skin!

*We are not scientists; merely natural skincare enthusiasts who want to relate information based on research studies.

Karen Khuu – Contributing Writer

05.14.2015

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