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Tea and Skin

Drinking plenty of fluid each day is essential for maintaining good health and skin. Though Green Tea contains some caffeine, it is an ideal way to stay hydrated because it does not act as a diuretic and is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants are said to reduce free radicals – the compounds which can cause damage to healthy skin cells.

Tea and Fee Radicals

Dr. Stephen Hsu, a cell biologist in the Medical College of Georgia Department of Oral Biology, previously helped determine that polyphenols in Green Tea help eliminate free radicals, which can cause cancer by altering DNA, and can safeguard healthy cells while promoting the death of cancer cells. Now he reports that EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the most abundant Green Tea polyphenol, can reactivate dying skin cells. Dr. Hsu believes this may lead to potential benefits for skin conditions such aphthous ulcers, psoriasis, rosascea, wrinkles and wounds. (J Pharmacol Exp Ther 2003).

Tea and Hydration

Drinking tea is an excellent way to keep hydrated and the suggested daily intake of water is 2.5 litres. Studies show that Tea does not have a diuretic effect unless you drink more than 250-300mg of caffeine in one sitting which is equivalent to almost 6 cups of tea.  Due to the low caffeine levels found in Green and White Tea, they can be drunk throughout the day and count towards your daily intake.