Green Tea: Powerful Antioxidant, May Prevent Cancer

Next to coffee and not including water, green tea is the second most popular drink in the world. It is enjoyed by many cultures and has been gaining popularity in the West. When compared to coffee in their respective dry forms, it has more caffeine but when brewed it does contain a lesser amount. Historically, the tea has been used for its medicinal purposes ranging from controlling bleeding to promoting digestion. Many claims have been made about the use of the beverage and the fact that it is made up of various naturally occurring chemicals that promote healing properties in the body. One of these chemical is labeled a polyphenol which was found to have a very potent anti-oxidant known asĀ EGCG. Research has been done on a global scale and has included both animal and human testing. There is some debate worldwide about the health claims that can be directly given the popular beverage. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has yet to allow any direct health claims regarding the substance's ability to affect disease. As recent as 2006 though, the FDA...

Spirulina: Rich In AntiOxidants, Helps Reverse Aging

Scientist are confirming some of the positive attributes of spirulina. It is an tiny algae that has been claimed to reverse aging, increase energy, and help combat drastic changes in insulin. The super food also provides all essential amino acids which are the building blocks of protein and in fact when compared to meat sources of protein it has a higher percentage of this important nutrient. It has most vitamins, and minerals some of which are iron, calcium, iodine. It is important to note that the popular algae does contain what appears to be B12 vitamin which is needed for the upkeep of red blood cells and to keep the nervous system healthy. Researchers are not convinced that the human body can absorb plant based B12 and they do not recommend that people rely solely on supplements such as the algae for their B12 vitamins. This is of particular concern for people who avoid animal products. This food has greater amounts of beta carotene than traditionally thought of foods and is also a great internal cleanser. Like other algae, spirulina grows in the water and...