Green Tea has some of the most potent antioxidant power currently known of.
Researchers at Case Western in Cleveland, OH found that green tea provided a substantial amount of health benefits when incorporated into a daily diet, and in a daily skin care regimen.
“There may be some benefits of green tea in human skin products,” says Hasan Mukhtar, Ph.D., in a 2005 edition of “Archives of Dermatology.”
Because skin functions as an organ, and absorbs many of the things it come into contact with, using creams and body washes with certain types of green tea ingredients can actually provide beneficial results for the health of your skin.
“Of all the antioxidants known to mankind, the components of green tea are the most potent,” says Dr. Mukhtar. “Antioxidnts are those agents which can counteract the effects of oxidant radicals,” he explains.
Green tea is said to contain a class of antioxidants known as polyphenols. Other naturally occurring substances containing polyphenols include: raisins, coffee, red wine, kidney beans and grapes. In studies, polyphenols are said to have demonstrated certain abilities to fight cancer and viral infections.
Polyphenol could also perhaps help prevent fine lines and wrinkles, researchers suggest.
Oxidant radicals are said to accumulate in the body and can damage cell tissues. Evidence of this damage can be particularly noticeable in skin cells. This has been known to cause signs of premature aging, like wrinkles, fine-lines and the loss of elasticity. While aging damage caused by oxidative stress, or free radicals, is often irreversible, medical experts suggest using products containing green tea and other potent antioxidants to actively prevent signs of skin damage.
In the same way that the polyphenols in green tea can prevent signs of aging, researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center say that it may also assist in fighting types of skin cancer and tumors.
“The main polyphenol in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG),” the university’s medical researchers say. “Scientific studies suggest that EGCG and green tea polyphenols have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that may help prevent the development and growth of skin tumors.”
The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities of green tea, some suggest, make it successful in treating some types of acne. Green tea is said to target the bacteria that causes acne, while soothing and working to heal skin that is already irritated. The antioxidant powers of green tea can also help acne from propping up in the first place. When ingested, green tea is also said to promote a healthy hormonal balance. Hormones are considered a primary cause of acne in teenagers and some adults.
Other Benefits of Green Tea:
Drinking green tea has been associated with losing weight and promoting a healthier immune system. Researchers at the University of Maryland also suggest that green tea can be a great natural way to help prevent the cold and flu. Researchers at the university also say that those who drink green tea have less risk of dying from any cause.