One day when my younger son was eight years old, he announced that my favorite food was tea. You may not consider tea a food, and I'm not sure I would say it's my very favorite. But I do love it, and it's certainly something I drink a lot. In fact, I often drink two or three cups a day. So it's easy to see how my son came to his conclusion.
I love all kinds of tea, but especially green tea. And I'm glad I do because green tea loves me back. In fact, green tea has so many benefits that a review study was recently published in the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition just to aggregate some of the benefits that green tea has for your skin. There wasn't even room in the article to discuss the rest of the benefits green tea has throughout your body.
Green tea is full of plant polyphenols. Polyphenols help protect your skin against UV damage caused by the sun. Polyphenols help to prevent so many things that harm us: they are anti-melanogenic, anti-wrinkle, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. They also help regulate and enhance our immune function.
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UV damage breaks down collagen and elasticity resulting in wrinkles and photoaging. It can contribute to skin cancer and abnormal pigmentation. But with the help of polyphenols, our skin can create a protective shield to help minimize this damage.
There are a number of ways to get polyphenols in your diet, but drinking green tea is one of the easiest and most pleasant. Many studies indicate it should have a prominent place in our drinking habits. Add to this the fact that you're drinking more water as you're drinking the tea and you can see how this would benefit your skin simply by ensuring that you're properly hydrated. Give green tea a try — you just might find it becomes one of your favorite foods too!
However, if you don't like the taste of green tea, but still want these great benefits, you can try Green Tea Extract. Your skin will thank you by keeping its young, vibrant look.
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