There are many superfoods such as dark chocolate, blueberries, raspeberries, green tea which are commonly found ingredients in our supermarket. Growing evidence show that diets high in these foods rich in antioxidants can help protect our health from chronic diseases. Lets explore one of these superfoods, green tea and understand the benefits of this amazing humble tea leaf.
Where does green tea come from?
Green tea comes from the tea leaves called camellia sinensis. The difference between green and black tea is how the tea is being processed.
The biggest benefit of tea is all about the catechin content. Catechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea undergoes less process compared to black tea so it’s rich in this antioxidant.
What are antioxidants and how does it work?
Antioxidants can come is several different forms, including vitamins A, C, E, plant derived polyphenols, found in colourful fruits and vegetables. These compounds have the ability to neutralise harmful free radicals in our body.
Free radicals are unpaired electrons (electrons usually comes paired). When they are unpaired, they become highly reactive and can cause damage by attacking components in our cells and can even cause cancer.
Free radicals can come from our environment such as pollution, smoking, exposure to UV light or radiation.
Why is green tea so good for me?
Because green tea contains a rich form of antioxidant called catechins, green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review study found that green tea helped to prevent a range of heart conditions from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure.
Why green tea in skincare?
Green tea is a well researched plant for it antioxidant benefits and its use continues to emerge. Multitude of scientific evidence exists supporting the notion that green tea extract may improve aging skin through its antioxidant and anti inflammatory capabilities. Green tea components have been found to be useful in preventing adverse effects of sunlight on human skin such as photoageing.
Bayeco green tea range not only uses the benefits of green tea. It also incorporates many antioxidants to maximise the use of these wonderful compounds on our skin. The green tea range combines with kakadu plum to really hit the skin with antioxidants to give it the protection it needs from those free radicals.