How Green Tea Extends Life

New studies on green tea show amazing improvement in a number of key health areas including your life span. A report released by Life Extension(1) put together many studies that shows how green tea(Camellia sinensis) effects DNA, osteoporosis, stroke risk, heart health, blood pressure, insulin resistance, and even how it prolongs life. Here are the ground breaking results.

HEART HEALTH Studies show that as little as 4.5 grams (.16 oz) a day of ground green tea lowers LDL cholesterol by 40%. A large scale study found that heart attacks are lower by 32% and strokes by 36%. Those who consume the most have a 64% lower risk of narrowing of blood vessels that lead to heart attacks.

BRAIN HEALTH Loss of brain function is a result of aging and toxins. Tea protects against Alzheimer’s by reducing abnormal proteins and inflammation. Learning and memory are shown to improve. Parkinson’s symptoms have also been reduced and even reversed in some cases. Tea protects against stroke by increasing oxidative enzymes and lowering artery inflammation.

BONE HEALTH Bone loss is caused by age and menopause that’s due to oxidative stress. Green tea catechins (antioxidants) stimulate new bone cells resulting in greater bone density. This is especially important for menopausal women to prevent osteoporosis.

METABOLIC SYNDROME This is defined as having three of these symptoms: excess abdominal fat, high blood pressure, abnormal lipid profiles or high glucose levels. 35% of all American adults and 50% of those over 60 years old have this problem. This is serious because it increases you chance of cancer, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. This tea consumption results in lower blood pressure, greater insulin resistance and improved lipid profile.

LIFE EXTENSION All life depends on their genetic blueprint in their DNA that maintains healthy and renewable molecules. This tea works on the mechanism of life by reducing oxidative stress(tissue damage) and DNA damage. Matcha tea was shown to reduced DNA damage in white blood cells by 30% after a single dose. Other studies show that tea prevents and even repairs damage caused by oxidative stress. In animals studies, they lived 14% longer with this tea. If you plan to live to 80, 14% is 11 extra years of life.

IN CONCLUSION Many of these studies were done with tea extract or powder. Matcha green tea is made from ground tea leaves and comes in powder form. I use 1/2 teaspoon of matcha that I dissolve in hot water every morning for over five years now. That’s equivalent to about 50 cups of brewed tea. Since it has caffeine, I don’t need to drink coffee anymore. Its easier on my stomach, I’m alert all day, and my blood pressure is lower.

Here Is The Facts About Vegetarian Food

If you feel tired eating meat based recipes and wanted to try something new, then you might want to try out simple vegetarian recipes. Studies show that going meatless for a few days will not cause any harm to your body. In fact, many health studies today shows that an estimate of 75% of diseases are related to a person’s diet. The standard American diet, which is high in saturated fats, can caused people to become overweight and fat from animal products can lead to health problems such as clogged arteries causing heart disease and other health related ailments.

Benefits of Vegetarian Recipes

One of the best benefit that you can get from trying out a vegetarian meal is that you cut the risk of coronary heart problems. As vegetables have lower saturated fats and are high in antioxidants, you can cut your risk from 50% to 15%. Japanese people, especially those who live in Okinawa have the longest life expectancy. What is their secret? A diet that is low in meat, high in rich complex carbohydrates, vegetables, fiber rich fruits and soy.

Vegetarian recipes are high in good cholesterol, which helps lower the LDL cholesterol level while increasing the HDL level. Soya, which is a staple with most simple vegetarian recipes, is rich in flavones, which lowers cholesterol.

Aside from lowering your chance of becoming high risk, you also keep your weight down reducing the chance of becoming overweight. According to the CDC – National Center for Health Statistics, sixty-four percent of adults are overweight. People who followed a low-fat vegetarian diet were estimated to have lost on average 20 lbs in a year and have maintained that weight reduction for over five years. When one lowers down their intake of saturated fat, they can also increase their life span, it is estimated that vegetarians live seven years longer than their meat-eating counterparts do.

Many diseases that humans contract come from food borne illnesses which are usually associated with foods that are rich in protein such as meat, fish and poultry. By reducing your intake of meat, you will reduce the risk of contracting food related illness.

How to Start Your Vegetarian Lifestyle

Opting to change your diet to a vegetarian lifestyle is hard especially for meat lovers and as such, it is important that you do not change your diet overnight. Trying to go meatless once a week or two can help your body to adjust. You can also try out simple vegetarian recipes to start. A staple of vegetarian diets include consuming vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, seed or nuts. Some vegetarians may also consume dairy and eggs or white meat. That said, if you have food problems or allergies, it is important that you talk with your health care provider to ensure that you have a well-balanced diet.