Did you know that tea is found in nearly 80% of all households? Are you one of the 159 million people in the U.S. enjoying this beneficial beverage daily? We were surprised to learn that the U.S. is the third largest tea importer in the world. About 15% of 84 billion servings of imported tea was green tea while 84% was black tea. After you read about benefits of green tea, you may switch to green tea as your daily “go-to” tea.
Other than water, the most common drinks consumed in America are tea and coffee. While drinking water is a good way to keep your body hydrated, tea is a leading source of beneficial antioxidant polyphenols. Of all of the different types of tea that can be found today, green tea tops many lists as the most beneficial kind of tea to drink.
Four main polyphenols are found in green tea, including epicatechin-3-gallate (ECG), epigallocatechin (EGC), and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Research shows these three polyphenols may have greatest antimicrobial effects – and even other unknown benefits.
Does green tea indirectly maximize your zinc status?
Recently, zinc has been touted by many health professionals as a necessary mineral for immune health. A zinc deficiency has been linked to a reduction in the performance of the immune system, indicating that you should be sure to get sufficient amounts of zinc every day in order to keep your immune system performing wonderfully. But how does green tea factor into this?
Research has recently indicated that one of the polyphenols found in green tea, EGCG, may help move zinc into the immune cells where it can help your cells fend off cold and flu viruses.1 This relationship suggests that drinking green tea (and all of the amazing polyphenols that it contains) can help your body absorb and distribute zinc minerals, helping support a healthy immune response.
In addition to this significant interaction with zinc, green tea is known to have antimicrobial action that helps maintain a healthy gut microbiome.2 Green tea has been found to act as a probiotic that can improve gut health while supporting optimal digestive health. A particular type of polyphenol called catechins have been found in green tea that are beneficial for a variety of purposes, including maintaining healthy blood pressure, promoting heart and cardiovascular health, and can help support the maintenance of a healthy weight.3
Green tea is a delicious and beneficial daily drink that can be enjoyed hot or cold. Green tea is also available as a supplement either in capsules, or as a liquid extract that can be added to water, smoothies, or other drinks to enjoy the spectacular benefits of polyphenols.
Try adding some green tea, either freshly brewed or a trusted supplement, to your daily routine to experience all of the elegant benefits of this immune-enhancing beverage.