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Green tea is well known for its health benefits. Today, scientists agree that India and China were the first countries to cultivate tea. Nowadays, millions of people drink tea around the world, and green tea remains as one of the most favorite, especially because of its many health benefits. Green tea is made of unfermented leaves and what is really particular about this type of tea is that it contains the highest concentration of polyphenols, which are known as very potent antioxidants. Antioxidants are natural substances that can scavenge free radicals, prevent degenerative processes in the body, and prevent numerous diseases.

Green tea and HIV

According to the results from independent studies of Texas and United Kingdom scientists, a chemical from green tea may reduce the ability of HIV viruses to infect the cells. This chemical is known under the name epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and, according to the studies, it inhibits HIV cell binding by amazing 40 percents. As the reports of the studies suggest, this property of green tea is insufficient to make it a good HIV preventive, but people already affected with this infection may greatly benefit from drinking it on a regular basis. More realistically, at this moment green tea offers a promising basis for future investigation on the cure for HIV infection. During the course of preliminary study, which was conducted on animals suffering from sepsis, 25 percent of them were saved with the green tea. According to the doctors, even if only 5 percent of the subjects were saved, that would be an outstanding result.

Other benefits of green tea

Green tea is one of the rare beneficial compounds that almost have no side effects. The only side effect ever reported from drinking green tea is the insomnia. Insomnia occurs because of the high caffeine content in green tea. Still, green tea contains less caffeine per cup, compared to a coffee.

Green tea is extensively researched and until today scientists are ensured this natural herb has a potential to fight cancer and lower one’s risk of coronary heart disease. Moreover, green tea has the ability to lower cholesterol, improve the metabolic rate, burn accumulated fats, prevent diabetes and stroke, and even reduce one's risk of dementia.

This tea is a powerful antioxidant that has unique properties, since it undergoes a minimal processing procedure. These properties are proven sufficient to inhibit cancer growth and kill degenerated cells. Green tea is especially beneficial in the fight against stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and colorectal cancer.

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