Green tea is also known as camellia sinensis. The fresh leaves of the plant are steamed to make tea. The tea originated from China is now linked among many cultures across Asia as well as becoming more popular in the west.[Top]
Camellia and its extracts have been employed to treat and various types of cancers, including stomach, breast, and skin cancers.
Camellia and its extracts have in addition, been employed to help weight loss and improve mental alertness.
It has also been used to protect the skin from damage from the sun as well as, lower cholesterol levels.
The most common use of camellia is to brew it and drink it as a beverage. The extracts may be taken in the form of capsules.[Top]
A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine study was published in the April 13 2005 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
It showed antioxidants in camellia might reduce and prevent the severity of rheumatoid arthritis.
The study observed the effects of camillia polyphenols on mice who had collagen-induced arthritis, which is comparable to human rheumatoid arthritis.
In all of the three study groups, mice given the camellia polyphenols were considerably less probable to develop arthritis.
Of those eighteen mice that received the camellia, only eight (forty four percent) developed arthritis.
The eighteen mice who did not receive camellia, all but one had developed arthritis. Additionally, researchers noted eight arthritic mice who had received camellia polyphenols had fewer severe types of arthritis.
Camellia is considered safe for the majority of adults when employed in moderate amounts.
Camellia and its extracts have caffeine as an ingredient.
Caffeine may cause upset stomach, frequent urination, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, and diarrhea in some people.
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