This week our friend, Spa Chef, Samantha Gowing tells us all about Green Tea…

The healing properties of green tea have been well documented.  It contains natural polyphenols, a powerful group of antioxidants known as catechins, whose major task is to scavenge pro-oxidants and free radicals, and fight against the production of skin tumors. The predominant and most active catechin in green tea is Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG).  This catechin is over 200 times more powerful than vitamin E in neutralising the pro-oxidants and free radicals.

EGCG protects against digestive and respiratory infection and helps block the cancer-promoting actions of carcinogens.  They have exhibited protective properties against high total and LDL-cholesterol levels in laboratory tests.  In addition, the EGCG catechin helps to inhibit platelet aggregation, being 20 times more powerful than the inhibiting actions of vitamin E.

Green tea antioxidants may have a powerful effect in reducing the incidence, inflammation and severity of rheumatoid arthritis.  The antioxidant polyphenols found in tea help to neutralise the harmful effects of free radicals and possess much more potent antioxidant activity than vitamins C and E.  With regular green tea intake, acidophilus levels increase, facilitating digestion and having a sterilising effect, preventing unhealthy bacteria and infection.

Samantha Gowing, Spa Chef, Nutritionist, Mentor

For the month of June, Samantha has generously given us a promotion code for you to download her ebook The Healing Feeling for $14.95 (full prince $19.95). ‘The Healing Feeling’ is packed with information and inspiration to eat and live well every day.  To purchase The Healing Feeling click here and use code AURORA at checkout. Visit Food Health Wealth for more information. 

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