Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: Green Tea Catechins

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: Green Tea Catechins

One cup of brewed green tea contains about 200 mg of polyphenols, about half of which is (–)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). As shown in a study published in Biomedical Research, drinking green tea (which has a high content of catechins) protects the liver from the damage caused by free radicals.1 The results of another recently published study confirmed that the liver, bile duct and gallbladder all receive valuable support from the phytonutrients present within green tea.14

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Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: N-Acetylcysteine

References:
1. Abe K, Ijiri M, Suzuki T, Taguchi K, Koyama Y, Isemura M. Green tea with a high catechin content suppresses inflammatory cytokine expression in the galactosamine-injured rat liver. Biomed Res 2005;26:187-192.
14. Abe K, Ijiri M, Suzuki T, Taguchi K, Koyama Y, Isemura M. Green tea with a high catechin content suppresses inflammatory cytokine expression in the galactosamine-injured rat liver. Biomed Res 2005;26:187-192.


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