Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock writes The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter and has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Tags: green tea | EGCG | reducing inflammation

Protect Your Health with Tea

By Russell Blaylock, M.D.   |   Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 10:06 AM

Tea isn’t just a beverage to be sipped from china cups, pinkie extended. Green tea is a powerhouse of healthful compounds that can boost your brain, combat cancer, halt heart disease and even make you slimmer.
There are several types of tea, including black, green and white. (Green and white tea can improve your health in many ways. To learn more, read my report "Miracle Tea.") Green and white have the most health-giving properties.
Green tea can reduce fat by inhibiting the growth of fat cells.The fat loss is due to reducing fat absorption from the gut as well as causing changes in the metabolism of fat cells themselves.
EGCG, a component of green tea, has been shown to protect the heart in many ways, including lowering blood pressure by relaxing arteries, and reducing atherosclerosis caused by oxidized LDL cholesterol damage and reducing inflammation. (For a detailed discussion on inflammation and its role in many diseases, see my newsletter "Inflammation: The Real Cause of Most Diseases." Several studies have also shown that EGCG helps prevent strokes. When strokes do occur, they are much less severe when green tea extract is given.
A study using cells from people afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis found that EGCG
inhibited the inflammatory cytokines associated with the disease. Researchers concluded that green tea extract held much promise in the ability to reduce the joint and tissue destruction associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
EGCG has been shown to reduce inflammation in the intestines, which would be important in treating inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis.
Recent studies have linked green tea with a reduced risk of several cancers including breast, colon and skin.
A considerable amount of research has shown that green tea extract is highly protective of the brain. It has been proven that EGCG reduces the brain’s generation of toxic beta amyloid, the main feature in the Alzheimer’s brain. (Find more details on how you can keep your brain from the ravages of dementia by reading my report "Save Your Brain."  
In addition, a growing number of studies show that green tea and white tea have powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity. Studies have shown that EGCG, extracted from both white and green tea, enhances the effectiveness of antibiotics. The difference between white and green tea is that white tea is picked as a younger plant than green tea and it has a higher content of these beneficial chemicals and lower levels of aluminum and fluoride.
So, the next time you take antibiotics, drink several cups of strong white tea daily. The antibiotics will be more effective.
For more of Dr. Blaylock’s weekly tips, go here to view the archive.

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