Over the past couple of decades Western society has started exploring what the Eastern world has known for centuries.
Green tea has therapeutic properties
Green tea and black tea both come from the same plant, camellia sinensis, which is native to the rainy forests of South East Asia. The difference is in the processing. Green tea is less processed so it still contains much of its original plant substances.
Green tea possesses many therapeutic properties, due to the high levels of polyphenols that it contains. Polyphenols are naturally occurring substances that neutralise the damaging effects of the free radicals in the body. Free radicals disrupt normal cellular function causing damage to many cells in the body. The polyphenols, which are abundant in green tea, help to prevent this cellular damage.
Studies into the benefits of green tea are continuing and reports are promising. Green tea contains anti-carcinogenic, anti-allergenic, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Green tea is believed to reduce inflammation and itching
Drinking green tea on a regular basis is believed to be beneficial in controlling the symptoms of eczema. It is believed to reduce inflammation and itching and to calm the overactive immune response. It is only effective whilst being taken regularly and is by no means considered a cure for the condition. Studies indicate that the eczema symptoms will reappear if the green tea is not taken regularly.
The amount of green tea required to control the symptoms of eczema is disputable. Some reports claim 3 cups per day will control the symptoms of eczema whilst other reports indicate that up to 10 cups per day are required.
If you suffer from eczema why not try drinking green tea? You never know the benefits you might discover.