Green Tea Is a Beverage that May Offer Anti-Allergy Benefits

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( — December 15, 2016) Orlando, FL — The consumption of beverages that are believed to be therapeutic is extremely popular nowadays. One of these beverages is green tea, which may be associated with a variety of potential health benefits. Individuals who suffer from allergies may also want to take into account the consumption of this beverage.

Green tea is a beverage that may offer anti-allergy benefits. Green tea is comprised of leaves from the camellia sinensis plant. One of the potential advantages of green tea versus black tea is that green tea is not fermented while being manufactured.

Since green tea skips the fermentation process, its potential health-protecting compounds may remain massively intact. Some of the other potential health benefits believed to be associated with the consumption of green tea are: boosting metabolism, fighting acne, improving the immune system, and reducing the signs of aging.

Green tea contains catechins, specifically pigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is believed to offer relief from certain types of allergic reactions. There is an explanation how green tea, through its EGCG, may be able to help fight allergies.

Human mast cells produce an enzyme called histidine decarboxylase, which aids in the conversion of histidine to histamine, which is attached to the immune system receptors. This reaction results in the common symptoms linked with allergic reactions.

Anti-histamines are typically used to treat hay fever and other allergic reactions. They function by preventing histamine from sticking to the receptors in the immune system.  On the contrary, the EGCG in green tea may have the potential to prevent allergic reactions. It may block the reaction at the very start by possibly inhibiting the histidine decarboxylation reaction in its initial stage.

While traditional anti-histamine drugs may be effective, they may also lose their effectiveness over time. This may make the potential anti-allergic effects of green tea more superior as they have not been found to be just temporary. Green tea has the potential to be an alternative to medications for certain types of allergies.

The journal called Food Chemistry published a study that found the release of catechins from the leaves of green tea may be more beneficial from loose leaves than tea bags. Thus some experts recommend brewing loose green tea leaves to maximize its possible benefits.

Consumers may also take advantage of the possible health benefits green tea may potentially offer through supplementation. There are supplements, such as resveratrol, that are widely available in the market today. Resveratrol is believed to be a powerful antioxidant that is thought to offer a range of health benefits.

Some of the most popular resveratrol supplements contain not just extracts of green tea, but also of acai fruit, grape seed, and red wine.


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