Green Tea Anti-Inflammatory –
Many studies have shown that green tea possesses anti-inflammatory properties. One study showed that mice predisposed to a condition similar to human osteoarthritis had mild arthritis and little evidence of cartilage damage and bone erosion when green tea polyphenols were added to their drinking water. Another study showed that when added to human cartilage cell cultures, the active ingredients in green tea inhibited chemicals and enzymes that lead to cartilage damage and breakdown. Further studies are needed to determine the effects of green tea compounds on human cartilage.
Green tea is relatively inexpensive. If you’re already a tea-drinker, why not consider switching to green tea to get the benefits of the potential anti-inflammatory properties? Check the labels for a green tea extract standardized for 80 percent polyphenols and 55 percent EGCG. A daily dose of 300 to 400 mg green tea extracts is recommended.
Scientists also conclude that tea extracts are better taken between meals in order to avoid decreased iron absorption.
Excessive intake of green tea extracts containing caffeine has side effects so as always, use common sense and consult your healthcare professional for specific guidance! Here’s to your good health!