All plant and plant-based ingredients contain what are known as phytochemicals, which are potent compounds responsible for helping to protect them against a number of diseases. The good news however, is that if we consume the very plants and plant-based ingredients which contain these phytochemicals, we too can benefit from their protective properties. Now, before you start digging up your garden and eating raw plants and leaves, just remember that tea leaves come from tea plants, which means that drinking teas rich in these phyotchemicals can actually benefit us greatly in a number of different ways. These phytochemicals can actually be categorised into sub-categories including polyphenols and carotenoids. Green tea in particular, has been found to be especially rich in a high beneficial phytochemical known as Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG for short. EGCG is considered one of the healthiest and most beneficial compounds in the entire world, and it is this potent ingredient which is what helps to make green tea such as amazingly healthy beverage. Here’s a look at a few ways in which we can benefit from the EGCG found naturally within green tea.
It helps fight and prevent cancer
When people talk about EGCG, the first thing that gets brought up is just how amazing EGCG is when it comes to cancer. It functions as an incredibly potent and powerful antioxidant, which helps to eradicate toxins and free radicals from the body. Free radicals are unstable molecules that actually attack our healthy cells and change their molecular structure. They may alter them molecularly, resulting in them mutating, turning pre-cancerous, and then cancerous. What’s more cancerous cells can then spread throughout the body quickly. Eradicating these free radicals before they have a chance to attack our cells means that we prevent cancer at the source, fighting it before it gets chance to take hold. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is also able to help to inhibit the growth of tumours, meaning that those already suffering with cancerous tumours, may also benefit from it. In terms of cancer prevention and treatment, EGCG is fantastic, which is another great reason to drink more green tea.
EGCG promotes fat loss
Another great benefit associated with consuming EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), and therefore making green tea consumption very beneficial, is the fact that EGCG has been found to naturally increase thermogenesis, raising the core body temperature and therefore boosting the metabolism. This increase in resting metabolic rates means that we burn more calories, find it harder to store body fat, and utilize more body fat as a primary energy source. Obviously drinking green tea alone probably won’t help you lose weight, but if you combine it with a healthy diet and regular exercise regime, you should certainly see noticeable improvements.
Epigallocatechin gallate boosts brain health
EGCG in green tea has also been found to help improve mental health as it has been found to boost brain health and brain function. It promotes a process known as neurogenesis, which helps to produce new and healthy neurons in the hippocampus part of the brain, which help to play vital roles in cognitive development and function.