Before he passed away in 2003, one of the last things that the great Dr. Atkins asked me was – “John, we need to find the highest concentration of green tea available,” he said.
Reason being, green tea contains extremely high concentrations of polyphenols, plant-like compounds that have been clinically shown to protect against free radical damage, which accounts for roughly 30 percent of its actual weight.
Within polyphenols is a subgroup known as flavonoids, where you will find catechins such as EGCG.
According to new science published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers have now discovered that EGCG found in green tea extract can slow down Alzheimer’s disease progression in mice.
Even while exercising on running wheels, the mice that were given EGCG, in water, exhibited a noticeable improvement in key areas of the brain, specifically parts where amyloid plaques were present.
Catechins in green tea offer targeted support against age-related memory decline, but there are also many other nutrients in green tea that can help balance human health.
Theanine, a natural occurring amino acid, is also present.
Theanine has the ability to increase mental relaxation by way of increasing GABA production. Hearty levels of GABA stabilize serotonin stores, increase alpha wave activity, and boost dopamine in the body.
Studies have also shown that regular consumption of green tea can lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation, most likely due to the fact that it can improve overall blood flow and arterial function.
At around six or more cups a day; drinking green tea can reduce the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
This great cell protector, green tea, has even been shown to fight off certain cancers, such as prostate, breast, and ovarian by stopping tumor growth and modulating cellular response to chemo.
In the end, green tea, just like Dr. Atkins emphasized to me so many years ago, is truly something special.
On average, a cup of green tea provides 20-35 mg of EGCG, and adding lemon juice to your cup can increase catechin levels by up to five times the amount of regular brewing methods.
Drinking green tea is an excellent way to protect against chronic disease. Natural, healthy, and Atkins approved – green tea truly is an anti-aging wonder.