Green Tea and Dental Health
For the last 4,000 years the Chinese have known about the medicinal properties of green tea for relieving headaches, improving mood and helping concentration. Green tea is the #1 beverage in Asian culture and it’s becoming increasingly popular in the United States for its potential health benefits.
Although all tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinesis plant, there are three main categories: green, black and oolong. All contain unique antioxidants which are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) that protect cells from damage by neutralizing foreign entities such as toxins, preservatives, additives and chemicals. The most potent of these antioxidants may help neutralize the free radicals that can contribute to cancer, heart disease and clogged arteries.
Benefits of Drinking Green Tea:
- Boosts Immune System – There is a natural, plant-derived compound in green tea that can affect the number of regulatory T-cells and improve immune function.
- Promotes Weight Loss – Substances found in green tea known as catechins trigger weight loss by stimulating the body’s metabolic rate, speeding up fat oxidation, burning calories and decreasing body fat.
- Lowers Stress Hormone Levels – L-Theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, has a soothing, calming effect.
- Improves Cognitive Thinking – Antioxidants, especially flavonoids, inhibit neuronal loss.
- Eliminates Halitosis – Inhibits the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath.
- Maintains Healthy Cholesterol Levels – The antioxidants in green tea help maintain cholesterol levels that are already within normal range.
Researchers have found that drinking green tea can also help promote healthy teeth and gums. Green tea is a rich source of catechins which are powerful antioxidants with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These help fight inflammation such as that caused by periodontal disease. Additionally, green tea is a source of fluoride which helps strengthen tooth enamel and protect teeth from decay.
Try replacing your daily cup of coffee with green tea and improve your overall dental health.