Green Tea Contains Powerful Antioxidants That Benefit Your Skin
By Joanna Vargas
With the exception of water, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, green tea is consumed more than any other beverage worldwide. This ancient herb, according to Chinese folklore, was discovered by the emperor Shen Nong about 5000 years ago when he was boiling water and by accident some green tea leaves fell in his pot. The mixture was exuding a pleasant aroma and when he tasted it, described it to be agreeable.
Another legend accounts that Siddhartha Gautama, the Indian prince turned monk, discovered the wonder herb when he was meditating. The Buddha, meditating endlessly and without sleeping was about to be overcome by it when he reached for a bush that contained green tea leaves. Chewing on the leaves he became awake by the stimulant effect of it and when on to achieve enlightenment.
The near mythical character of green tea and its association to some of the most powerful and influential men of ancient history is perhaps no coincidence but an effort of historians or writers to capture the true greatness of this herb.
Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine have used green tea for a number of potential health benefits and the prevention of disease for thousands of years. And the people of these countries have used this gentle brew as part of a culinary experience or as part of social gatherings, to enjoy its pleasant aroma and lighter and gentle flavor.
Presently the West is recognizing the benefits of green tea and the scientific community is extensively doing research in order to isolate the full potential of this magical herb. And as of November 2004, the PubMed database contained more than 1,000 studies on green tea, with more than 400 published in 2004! Additional independent studies, over 1,800, have found that the active constituents in green tea are powerful antioxidants.
One of the most powerful antioxidants found in green tea is called called Epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG.
Milligram for milligram, EGCG has 25 to 100 times the antioxidant power of vitamins C and E. A cup of green tea has more antioxidants than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots or strawberries.
This probably explains why the transition of green tea from a favorite brew to skin care ingredient came about. Many skincare experts believe that green tea is essential for beautiful skin.
The good news about green tea cannot be ignored and even the National Cancer Institute and other prominent organizations have noted the many health and skin care benefits of green tea. And although independent studies question the effectiveness of skin care products that contain green tea, there are indications that suggest that in combination with other ingredients in skin care, it helps to repair sun damage, prevent premature skin aging, and enhance skin tone while stimulating new cell growth.
The following summarizes some of the high points of current research today, in both Asia and the West, providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. Green tea drinkers appear to have lower risk for a wide range of diseases, from simple bacterial or viral infections to chronic degenerative conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, periodontal disease, and osteoporosis.
Furthermore, the benefits for the skin are immense due to the high concentration of antioxidants it prevents skin cell degeneration by free radicals and thus it is anti-aging. In studies green tea has been found to be an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and because of its high antioxidant content it has been proven to prevent cellular damage cause by exposure to UV rays.
This is why Joanna Vargas serves green tea extract in her skin care salon, aside from being a tasty drink, it contains 100 mg of green tea, 80-90% polyphenols and 40-50% EGCG! This is twice the amount of these powerful antioxidants from a single serving in a regular green tea bag. Delivering twice the therapeutic value.
In addition you will find that Joanna Vargas uses a special serum that contains green tea in both her signature microcurrent facial, The Triple Crown, and The Oxygen Purifying Facial. These two facials are known for changing the overall look and feel of your skin, bringing it back to life and giving it a radiant healthy shine.