When it comes to beverages, you’ve got lots to choose from, from the bad (sugar- and chemical-packed sodas) to the sometimes questionable (coffee and alcohol which studies say can both harm and help your health).
But there’s one drink that I rely on to not only quench my thirst, but to help keep cancer, diabetes, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s at bay.
Best of all, this delicious drink is inexpensive and available anywhere you live. And now research suggests that drinking it every day can make you younger!
What is this mystery drink?
It’s green tea, the most popular drink on Earth. This centuries-old beverage has gained new popularity in recent years, and with good reason. According to the studies I’ve seen, the polyphenols in green tea provide antioxidants that are far more potent than vitamins A, C, or E.1
No wonder it’s such a powerful weapon against chronic disease.
Is green tea the new fountain of youth?
But could green tea be the new fountain of youth?
According to research which appear in the British Journal of Nutrition, it just might be. The placebo-controlled study recruited 18 healthy volunteers who were randomly given either 2 cups of green tea or water every day for 4 weeks. After analyzing the blood and urine of the participants, the researchers found that that the green tea provided significant protection to their DNA.
When researchers combined the results from the human trial with a lab study, they discovered that green tea reduced damage to the participant’s genes by 20 percent.2
This isn’t the first time scientists have uncovered green tea’s ability to prevent the biological threats that can damage your DNA and prematurely age you. Earlier this year, scientists from the Chinese University of Hong Kong reported that the cells of regular tea drinkers could have a younger biological age than cells from non-drinkers. The key was in the tea drinkers’ telomeres.
Green-tea drinkers telomeres longer than non tea drinkers
Telomeres are caps containing DNA, which are located on the ends of your chromosomes. As your cells divide and your chromosomes grow older, these telomeres get shorter and shorter. And the quicker your telomeres shorten, the faster you age.
The Chinese researchers report that the telomeres of people who drank about 3 cups of tea per day were longer than people who drank an average of a quarter of a cup a day. How much longer? When all was said and done, it translated to telomeres that were about 5 years younger than telomeres of folks that don’t drink green tea!
How much green tea do you need to drink to reap these anti-aging benefits? If these two studies are any indication, just 2 to 3 cups a day will do the trick.
So you don’t like green tea? Don’t worry you can still get in on its protective properties with a green tea supplement. Look for a supplement that contains (-)-Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) and is standardized to contain 60% polyphenols. For the most impact, set a goal of 240 to 320 mg of polyphenols every day.
1. Unachukwu UJ. White and green teas (Camellia sinensis var. sinensis): Variation in phenolic, methylxanthine, and antioxidant profiles. Journal of Food Science. 2010;75:C541-C548.
2. Han KC. Genoprotective effects of green tea (Camellia sinensis) in human subjects: results of a controlled supplementation trial. British Journal of Nutrition. Published online ahead of print.
3. Chan R. Chinese tea consumption is associated with longer telomere length in elderly Chinese men. British Journal of Nutrition. 2010;103:107-113.
Dr. David J. Blyweiss began his medical career as a clinical pharmacist in South Florida prior to earning his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in 1982.
His dual background allowed him to appreciate the relevance of conventional pharmaceutical/surgical based treatments in acute medical conditions, and recognize where these approaches fell short in treating the majority of patients who suffered from the chronic degenerative diseases of "western civilization origin."
Over the last twenty years, with the nutritional medical knowledge base expanding in the fields of nutrigenomics, protemics, and other related "orthomolecular" disciplines directed towards patients' biochemical individuality, Dr. Blyweiss became an early adherent and experienced practitioner of what would become known as "functional medicine." This knowledge allows him to effectively manage and alleviate the symptoms related to the most "difficult-to-treat" conditions by addressing the underlying causes, allowing the body to heal itself.
Dr. Blyweiss was one of the initial researchers doing the early work on chlorhexidine (Phisohex) while earning his first post graduate degree at Temple University School of Pharmacy. During medical school he worked with the WHO (World Health Organization) in vaccinating children in the islands of the Carribbean. He has traveled much of the world, most recently to Belize, Central America, Gabon, Africa, and Zagreb, Croatia working closely with teams of specialists to identify new plant life and natural products for possible human benefit as well as researchers and their stem cell transplantation teams. He has consulted for and created state-of-the-art nutritional supplements for multiple nutritional companies since 1999. He is currently in private practice in South Florida where he resides with his family.
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