ACHV Nutrition: Drinking Green Tea's impact on skin

People in Asia have already been drinking tea for hundreds years and are fully aware of its health benefits. While in the western world, tea consumption has only been recently gaining interest in the last few years. Green tea is made from the fresh leaves of Camellia sinensis, a shrub that grows naturally in some provinces in China, some parts of Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and northeastern India. When it comes to the health benefits of Green tea, several studies (clinical and epidemiological) have shown that drinking Green tea as a supplement to diet has been shown to contribute to the reduction of risk to various chronic diseases. It contains a wide variety of antioxidants, polyphenols (the highest compound in green tea), amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

So when it comes to consuming green tea in relation to skin health. How does green tea help? Here are some benefits of green-tea that can translate into skin health:

1. Helps prevent skin cancer - For people who love to lay out in the sun to get that sun kissed look, always be aware that an accumulation of prolonged exposure to UV radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer initiation in the body. When UV hits the skin, it disrupts the DNA in the skin, and causes rapid melanin production ( to contain the trauma from UV). Green tea contains Polyphenols (also found in fruits and veggies) that are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic. In clinical studies, mice that have been fed with water that contains polyphenols from green tea have been shown to have developed a defense against non-melanoma skin cancer by helping in DNA repair.

2. Helps combat and reduce acne - so for people who are suffering acne, how about drinking tea or Green tea to be exact to supplement your fight against acne. In a study that was done with people suffering from acne, EGCG (a polyphenol in green-tea) has been shown to have a reducing / suppressing effect on the AMPK–SREBP-1 signaling pathway, reducing lipid production in the skin.

3. Has anti-aging Benefits - let’s face, we are all gonna age, it's part of life. Whether we like it or not. But how about ageing gracefully instead of ageing miserably? And consuming green-tea might be one of the answers. Consuming green-tea can help reduce skin activities by inhibiting tyrosinase and tyrosinase - related protein. Tyrosinase Is a protein that allows melanin production. By consuming green-tea it can prevent sun-induced spots in the skin.

The information above is not meant to diagnose or treat existing or underlying conditions. So if you are planning to incorporate green-tea into your diet, it’s best to talk directly with your board-certified Physician or health care provider. For he or she can prescribe or provide the necessary medical advice regarding your health.
This is A Blog Written by ACHV Balance
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