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How Green Tea Helps To Make Your Skin Healthier

Aug 17, 2007
We have heard of the health benefits of green tea. Now new studies show that it can have a profound effect on the skin. It has been shown that it can help repair sun damage, prevent premature aging, and enhance skin tone. It may also help to ward off some types of skin cancer. This sounds like a miracle in a bottle, to good to be true. But often old remedies and potions value are based on the fact that they work, even if the user didn't understand why.

New research from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center shows that green tea blocks the formation of plaque in the arteries. Green tea has long been a part of herbal healing in cardiovascular patients with outstanding results. It doesn't help dissolve existing plaque but helps to prevent the formation of new plaque. Green tea doesn't have to be drunk to be effective; there are pills on the market containing green tea.

Let's take a look at what green tea is made from. Tea comes from the bud of a plant. There are three basic types; black, green, and oolong. The manufacturing process for each is very similar but the fermentation process is different. The black and oolong teas are oxidized, while the green tea leaves are steamed then dried. This helps prevent the breakdown of polyphenols, which are the compounds in tea that contain those very important antioxidants that help fight cancer.

The plolyphenols in green tea are commonly known as catechins, possessing highly potent antioxidant characteristics. The major preventative catechin in green tea is epigallocatechingallate (EGCG). It has been discovered at the Medical College of Georgia that EGCG can reactivate dying cells. EGCG can also accelerate the differentiation process in new skin cells. With this technology it can be possible to make formulas that will help heal skin condition like psoriasis, rosascea, and wounds.

When dealing with a wound if there isn't the right type of skin cells present to fill the wound another type moves in, this is scar tissue. If the EGCG is applied correctly is can cause the scar tissue cells to be rejuvenated into normal healthy cells, eliminating an ugly scar. This type of technology could help so many different people with scaring injuries, like burn victims.

While more studies are being conducted to determine the other health benefits of green tea, researcher think the impact could be profound. Using skin care products that contain green tea can help repair your skin by minimizing the damage from the sun. It will also promote new cell growth. Including green tea as part of your daily routine, by drinking and applying to the skin, you can be on your way to a healthier life inside and out.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as skin care advice at
http://www.cosmeticsplusmore.com
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