Parts used: Leaves & leaf buds
Stimulant, astringent, antioxidant, antibacterial, diuretic, choleretic, anti-tumor
Green tea shows promise for healing and preventing disease.
The polyphenols and xanthines found in green tea are the major contributors to the health benefits. Polyphenols are flavonoids that account for the tart flavour of the tea. Polyphenols are antioxidants that help to fight free-radical damage, which is associated with many diseases and conditions.
One of the most promising uses of green tea is in treating and preventing cancer. Green tea consumption may also help to increase longevity. It may help by decreasing the incidence of some life-threatening diseases.
Heart disease prevention may be another benefit of drinking green tea. Lower cholesterol levels may also be associated with the intake of green tea.
Green tea has also found to contain antibacterial compounds. Green tea is also beneficial for wounds, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, colds and flu.
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