The World’s Healthiest Drink
Green tea has been a calming recess for thousands of years that originated in China and spread to much of Asia. Ever since, it has been known for its health benefits likely due to the antioxidants and polyphenols it contains. Green tea is a good source of EGCG, flavanols and epicatechins. These are very powerful compounds that have shown to prevent cancer and help you lose weight while keeping you calm and alert. But what about green tea for allergies?
The Chinese and Japanese have a lot of respect for green tea as it is the most popular beverages in these parts of the world. We can notice that the Chinese and Japanese have low incidents of heart disease, skin problems or allergies. Maybe they were on to something.
In addition to these benefits, green tea also seems to be great for DHT blocking, which can help for hair loss and other hormone related conditions. (Source)
Green Tea for Allergies
Epigallocatechin gallate(EGCG) blocks histamine and immunoglobulin E(IgE), which are linked to uncomfortable allergy symptoms. Because their production is blocked, symptoms are reduced.
A study done at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan concluded that green tea “appears to be a promising source of anti-allergenic agents.” This would make it effective against pollen, dust, pet dander, and digestive inflammation.
In high concentrations, EGCG is responsible for a load of health benefits. Previous studies prove that it fights allergic reactions in rodents, but researchers are only beginning to understand how the compound works.
The testing was again done using human blood cells and showed that EGCG blocked a histamine response by the immune system. This reduces inflammation in the body.
Eventually, EGCG may be isolated into highly concentrated supplements that will result in immediate natural relief of allergy symptoms. It would be a great alternative to antihistamine OTC drugs that have long-term health effects.
Whole Leaf Green Tea
One of my favorite drinks is matcha green tea. This one is my favorite green teas that I drink every morning as a replacement for coffee. Matcha is a powder of the green tea leaf that allows you to easily consume the whole nutrients, fiber and health benefit of the green tea leaf that you normally throw away.
It is as highly concentrated in antioxidants EGCG as 10 normal cups of green tea. This is with a very low amount of caffeine(35mg) as well. Nutrients like L-Theanine and chlorophyll make you feel calm, aware and clear. It also notably reduces my allergy symptoms so I always recommend it to friends.