Green tea has long been recognized for the wide range of benefits the tea plant, Camillia sinesis, provides, but studies are finding that one of the best benefits of all, is green tea’s ability to be a great natural detox. Researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Arizona College of Public Health both concluded that the levels of detoxification enzymes found in green tea can significantly lower levels of LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and other oxidative damage that contributes to aging and disease. The studies concluded that green tea, which is rich in poly-phenols, can help reduce your exposure to toxins, and even those who smoked heavily, had their oxidative DNA damage reduced by 31% of the prior levels, when consumed daily for four months.
Toxin levels from abundance of alcohol to smoking and pollution should be limited, but when they are introduced to your body, green tea is the best route for consumption beverage-wise. Green tea has more health benefits than black tea due to the oxidization and processing of the tea leafs. Green tea processing avoids the fermentation process that allows the leaves to retain a maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols. In addition to fighting internal toxins within your body, green tea increases your metabolism and aids in detoxification as it works with your body to clean your digestive system, liver and kidneys.
To obtain green tea’s full potential it has been suggested by the USDA to consume at least four cups of green tea a day. Adding lemon juice or ginger to your tea for flavor instead of sugar or milk will further increase the health benefits. When consuming green tea, it’s important to remember that these tea leafs do contain caffeine and therefore should be consumed in limited quantities if before you try going to bed, or if you are pregnant.