The Immunological Benefits of Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)

Ngoc B. Huynh

Abstract


This paper explores the health benefits of green tea (Camellia sinensis). Green tea is known for its health benefits. Its primary impact is through the immune system. The paper begins with an overview of tea’s properties according to Chinese traditional medicine, and outlines the main impacts of green tea on T-cells. By reviewing more contemporary studies using green tea extract, the health impacts are quantifiable and epidemiological studies also indicate the link to improved health outcomes in terms of chronic ailments such as diabetes. This paper examines some of the ways in which tea is currently consumed, with an emphasis on how green tea is processed in order to maximize its health benefits. Focusing on EGCG found in green tea, this paper discsses some of the dosages and their impacts, as well as some of the negative impacts of other caffeinated beverages. While further research in this area would reveal more in terms of the limitations on safe consumption associated with these benefits, and exploring the mechanisms through which they take place. This paper concludes that drinking green tea regularly is a safe and inexpensive way for most people to maintain good health.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ijb.v9n1p10

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