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After securing a respectable clientele, I decided to branch out in order to offer my services to a wider audience, and I subsequently created a more public home on the web to further the cause in 2005 with the launch of a web services firm called PALSYS.

Since that time, my work has been focused not only on technical development, but also content creation; while it is easily lost behind the media-driven face of the modern web, the written (or typed) word is still the real language that powers information exchange, and I am in the business of promoting words in general.

I am now an online publisher of engaging, enjoyable content on a variety of subjects, working to fill the web with the kind of words that people want to read. My content is published on both websites that I own and those of my clients, helping them to rank well in search engines, draw new traffic, and create new subscribers.

So what is it that I can do for you, exactly? Well, besides being something of a magician with the English language, I also boast sturdy HTML, CSS and PHP skills, along with extensive experience in social media, search engine optimization, and other forms of marketing, allowing me to offer you well-rounded assistance with nearly any project, web-based or otherwise.

Is Green Tea Really Good For You?

Is Green Tea Really Good For You?

After more than a decade of popular use around the world, we all know, on some level, that green tea is good for our health. After all, it’s advertised on television, holds prominent positions at the supermarket, and is pushed by nearly every health and fitness guru on the planet, making it almost impossible not to notice.

Despite its popular prevalence, after a week of drinking green tea with my regular diet, I asked myself what I knew about the murky liquid I was ingesting every evening; I quickly realized that I was taking it on faith that someone, somewhere knew why I should drink it, but I knew nearly nothing about it myself.

So, popularity and common knowledge aside, how much do you really know about green tea? Luckily, that same decade of popular use has also lead to a decade of fantastic studies into exactly what it is and what it does – let’s dig in!

What is Green Tea?

First, a quick overview of the drink and its roots. Besides the hot water that makes up the majority of the mass in your cup, green tea is the dried remains of the leaves and leaf buds of the Camellia Sirensis, a common evergreen shrub indigenous to Southeast Asia and now grown around the world.

Ideally, those dried leaves are added to bags, packaged and shipped without furthering processing, making their way into your local market unfermented, and untouched by additives.

With that basic rundown of what it is, let’s have a look at what green tea does once it finds its way to your innards.

Green Tea is Full of Antioxidants

Antioxidants do exactly what their name implies: they inhibit the production and movement of oxidizing agents in your body – agents that can potentially damage DNA, leading to problems ranging from blood clots to cancer. They are found in many foods, but the most potent and useful of them are most common in grapes, berries, red wine, dark chocolate, and green tea.

The antioxidants in green tea are called catechins, and they are available in high-quantities in each cup thanks to the fact that green tea leaves are not fermented like other teas typically are. Once ingested, they go on an immediate hunt for free radicals and other oxidizing agents, giving your body a very big boost in protection from a wide variety of afflictions.

Green Tea Fights Cancer

Continuing on from our look at green tea’s antioxidants, let’s discuss what is easily the drink’s most attractive feature: the fact that it helps your body to fight cancer.

This wonderfully useful effect is provided care of a particular antioxidant found in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), one of the compounds found in high concentration in unfermented green tea leaves.

Scientific studies have focused a great deal of their resources on the link between green tea and reduced risk of cancer, finding that the ECGC helps to regulate and inhibit growth of existing cancerous tissues, identifying and destroying cells that exhibit signs of uncontrolled growth all the while.

Research results from around the world have revealed astounding statistics associated with green tea’s ability to battle cancerous cells. In Japan, researchers found that women diagnosed with Stage I and Stage II breast cancer had an 18 percent lower chance of recurrence following surgery, while men in China were found to have their risk of prostate cancer reduced by up to 24 percent by consuming green tea on a daily basis.

The list of anti-cancer studies past, present and planned is enormous where green tea is concerned, guaranteeing that we will continue to learn more about this useful, readily available weapon against the world’s deadliest diseases in the near future!

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