Posted August 12, 2010
Could green tea help fight eye and periodontal disease?
For many years, scientists have touted the health benefits of regular consumption of green tea. New evidence has demonstrated that the powerful antioxidants and disease-fighting properties of green tea may help protect individuals from glaucoma and common eye diseases and promote healthy gums and teeth.
Antioxidant value. Green tea contains catechins, which belong to the family of antioxidants that include vitamins C and E, lutein, and zeaxanthin. While scientists recognized that green tea catechins had a positive impact on the health of those who consumed the beverage, they were not exactly sure how the body absorbed these antioxidants into body tissues.
Fights against eye diseases. New research with laboratory rats has shown–beyond a doubt–that green tea catechins are passed from the stomach and gastrointestinal tract into the tissues of the eye. Scientists have concluded that regular consumption of green tea may actually help protect eyes against glaucoma and other common eye diseases. (www.medicalnewstoday.com)
Promotes healthy gums. In different studies, scientists also found a direct link of green tea catechins to healthy gums and teeth. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, research has shown that individuals who regularly drink green tea have better periodontal health than those who consumed green tea less often.
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth, and it can contribute to the progression of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Dental professionals believe that healthy gums are critical to maintaining a healthy body.
Valuable health benefits. Scientists have discovered valuable health links of green tea, such as:
- Lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Reducing leukemia cells in patients diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Promoting weight loss in moderately overweight individuals
Do you regularly consume green tea? If so, why? Do you know of anyone who has experienced health benefits of green tea? Share your comments and I will highlight them in an upcoming blog. – Karen