The reasons for consuming green tea continue to pile up. In addition to preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease, lowering bad cholesterol, and aiding with weight loss, a new study has found that it can help prevent the common cold and flu.
The research, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, specifically studied a decaffeinated green tea extract, containing standardized amounts of two immune-activating plant components--L-theanine and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
The study found that when compared to a placebo group, 32 percent fewer participants taking the green tea extract experienced any cold and flu symptoms. The green tea users also reported almost 23 percent fewer illnesses lasting two or more days.
The green tea extract given to the study participants is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea per day. Those hoping to benefit from drinking lots of this tonic should note that green tea contains about 30 - 60 mg. of caffeine per cup. To avoid insomnia, drink decaffeinated green tea or take it in supplement form.