Triple Leaf Tea Green Tea has a pleasing mild and aromatic flavor, without the bitterness associated with some green teas, whether steeped for a few minutes, or longer. It is prepared from superior quality green tea leaves. The freshly picked leaves are gently heated, then dried. This process destroys the enzymes that would deplete the nutrients and keeps the tea leaves green. Considerable research on green tea has shown it to be high in polyphenols, a group of powerful antioxidants.
One cup of green tea may provide 10–40 mg of polyphenols and has antioxidant effects that are greater than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots or strawberries. However, to get the full benefits of green tea polyphenols, one must consume a great number of cups daily, or supplement with capsules.
Green tea polyphenols, which include catechins, are members of the flavonoid family. Catechins found in green tea have been shown to provide these health-promoting benefits:1
- Catechins are antioxidants with the ability to scavenge reactive oxygen species such as superoxide and the hydroxyl and peroxyl radical2-4
- Catechins have fluid stabilizing properties5-7
- Green tea may promote weight loss8,9
- Green tea can boost the effectiveness of enzymatic phase II detoxification9-14
- Catechins appear to help maintain healthy cell proliferation15
- Catechins help maintain healthy blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels already within normal range16
- And catechins may enhance immune function17,18
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most powerful polyphenol in green tea. The antioxidant activity of EGCG is about 25–100 times more potent than vitamins C and E.19
Supplements should be taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise program. Results may vary.