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paradijs
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I've searched and I can't find too much. Does it work good for losing wieght or clearing skin? I've heard of these before, but I'm not sure.

PS- My friend and I are on this eating/ exercise stage, so yest. we biked and did the "Buns of Steel" video and today we biked and swam all day. We are drinking one cup of Green Tea everyday, but not exactly sure what it does


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wobblyheadedjane
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Well, green tea is chock full of antioxidants, which are good for you, but it's also got as much, if not more, caffeine than coffee. So if you're trying to cut back on coffee/soda because of caffeine, it's not all helpful.

For a nicer skin tone, and all around healthier feeling, drinking your 8 glasses of water a day is super good for you. At the end of the day, I can always tell if I drank enough or not (headaches, etc.) As for weight loss, I don't think green tea is associated with anything like that, and generally at ST, unless your doctor suggests a weight loss program, we don't usually encourage dieting.


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paradijs
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quote:
Originally posted by wobblyheadedjane:
Well, green tea is chock full of antioxidants, which are good for you.

What exactly do they do? Sorry I'm not too intelligent...


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One way to damage DNA is to oxidize it. This means a couple of electrons get stripped from the DNA molecule. This makes the DNA slightly less stable and more likely to interact with other molecules instead of keeping it's subatomic hands to itself. When DNA gets damaged, that means bad things can happen like mutations, especially the kind that lead to cancer.

An antioxidant is a molecule that is rich in free electrons. It helps guard against the stripping of electrons on other molecules, like DNA. With that extra protection, your DNA will be less likely to be damaged, thus preventing some cancers.

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quote:
but it's also got as much, if not more, caffeine than coffee.

Not correct! According to the handy reference book I have here, typically a cup of instant coffee contains anywhere from 50-130 mg of caffeine (filter coffee contains more), whereas a cup of green tea contains 10-15 mg. Big difference .

So it's not a bad choice for anyone trying to cut down on caffeine.

Plus it's full of powerful antioxidants and is thought to potentially help prevent heart disease, strokes, and some types of cancer, not to mention arthritis and diabetes.

More info:

http://edition.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/alternative/06/19/tea.healthy.wmd/index.html
http://www.healthadvice.ca/articles/current/article1.shtml
http://my.webmd.com/content/Article/17/1676_50131.htm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2756635.stm
http://content.health.msn.com/content/article/18/1678_50885
http://content.health.msn.com/content/article/63/72117.htm
http://www.wral.com/health/1677126/detail.html

Now I'll just go back to sipping my cup of green tea with jasmine ...

[This message has been edited by logic_grrl (edited 07-18-2003).]


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Tea's generally considered to contain less caffeiene than coffee, but the odd thing is I've seen different amounts of the stuff listed in different sources, and seen a lot of disparities on how black and green compare here, too. However, I'd guess that that can have to do with how long tea is steeped for, but if you leave it for about two minutes there shouldn't be enough to cause a problem. And black tea, since it's from the same plant as green, should have similar properties. It's recently been linked with being good for the heart and teeth (it contains caffeine), so go ahead and drink whichever variety you like better (and there are lots of variations beyond that, too, though herbal teas are a different thing entirely). However, it probably takes a lot more than one cup a day to show any effects.

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Oops, my bad, logic_grrl. Thanks for the correction! I may have to join you with a cup of my own green tea and jas.
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