The benefits of green tea and black tea also include detoxification, according to researchers. Find out how tea helps phase 2 detoxification and what you can do to detoxify now.
You may have heard of the many benefits of green tea and black tea, but did you know that tea has detoxification enzymes?
Researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland, US found thatdrinking 5 cups of black tea per day could lower levels of LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Another study on tea, conducted by Arizona College of Public Health, University of Arizona and Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson found thatoxidative DNA damage dropped by a significant 31 per cent after heavy smokers drank four cups of green tea daily for four months.
Oxidative damage contributes to aging and disease, like cancer and cardiovascular disease. Researchers concluded that green tea helps the body detoxify from the damage of smoking, thereby reducing cancer risk.
Both green tea and black tea are rich in polyphenols, which are antioxidants and “inducers of phase-2 detoxification enzymes,” according to Dr Iman A. Hakim, the division director of Health Promotional Sciences at the Arizona Cancer Center and research associate professor of Public Health at the College of Public Health, University of Arizona.
To understand how enzyme systems in detoxification work, let’s take a look at phase-1 and phase-2 detoxification:
As you can see when reading about phase I and phase II detoxification, it’s clear that not only is it important toreduce your exposure to toxins, it’s also important to make sure that your diet contains nutrients that support the liver during phase II detoxification.
While the study on the benefits of green tea conducted by Arizona College of Public Health, University of Arizona and Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson seems to indicate that green tea is better than black tea, the primary reason was that the green tea used in the study was higher in polyphenols.
At Body Ecology, we fully believe in the benefits of polyphenols in green tea, which is why we created a high-polyphenol Green Tea Concentrate and an equally high-polyphenol Black Tea Concentrate. Both teas are caffeine free, so you get all the benefits of green tea and black tea, without the detrimental affects of caffeine.
In addition to drinking green tea or black tea daily, focusing on a healthy Body Ecology diet and detoxification can help you look and feel your best.
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