More than a Beverage

Green Tea Could Be Good for Your Skin, Study Finds

But can green tea really be good for your skin? An article published in the August issue of the Archives of Dermatology says yes -- in theory. (more)

Green Tea Brewing Up Healthy Skin

Specific to the Skin
"Sun, gravity, free-radical damage and a poor diet take their toll on healthy, youthful-looking skin," say Mitscher and Dolby. They note that change in the skin, with its short life span, is the first sign of problems in nutrition. "On the one hand, nutrient deficiencies soon produce skin problems, on the other hand, proper nutrition can have a quick and powerful effect on correcting problems." Antioxidants, and specifically the polyphenols in green tea, protect the skin in several ways. Healthy collagen and elastin are necessary to preserve a youthful look, but are easily damaged by free radicals, contributing to an older facial appearance. Flavonoids prevent damage to collagen and elastin, keeping skin stronger, smoother and more elastic. In other words, less wrinkled. "Among the polyphenols in green tea, EGCG and ECG show the strongest effect in reducing collagenase activity," say Mitscher and Dolby.8 (more)

Cup Of Green Tea To Keep The Bacteria Away

ScienceDaily (Jan. 16, 2007)

Beneficial effects of green tea have been known for millenia, particularly in Asian cultures. An ancient Chinese proverb says: "Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one". A cup of green tea contains up to 200 mg of catechins, whose biological activity has been mainly attributed to its antioxidant activity. Efficiency of green tea extract in oral hygiene has been known for centuries and this gave researchers a clue that antibacterial activity might be involved. (more)

Watch this video on the Health Aspects of Karigane Green Tea

A segment from The Tokyo Broadcast System documentary on The Neurological Benefits of Karigane Green Tea, subtitled and narrated by Nozomu Tokugawa.