Both internal and external factors can cause inflammation. For instance, inflammation may be the indication of arthritis (painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints), and may lead to severe diseases if not cured. These inflammation caused by different reason can be cured by consuming anti-inflammatory food and drinks.
According to Andrew Weil, the Harvard-trained physician, anti-inflammatory diet is perfect for entire health as it can lessen heart disease risk, reduce cardiac problems, lowers the risk of cancer and relieve rigid arthritic joints.
There are several health benefits of drinking green tea but as an anti-inflammatory drink, it offers following benefits:
Lowers the risk of heart disease
Green tea contains a polyphenol called EGCG, which acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agent that reduces inflammation and has beneficial effect on cardiovascular health. Also, EGCG has positive effect on vascular health.
A study conducted among 40,530 Japanese adults found that, drinking more than 5 cups of green tea per day lowers the risk death from heart attack or stroke by 26%.
Relief from arthritis
Arthritis means the joint inflammation or joint disease. A lab study made by Case Western Reserve University showed that, green tea may halt arthritis progression. It’s because green tea contains EGCG that blocks pro-inflammatory cell from damaging cartilage.
Lowers the Risk of Cancer
The development of cancer has been linked to oxidative stress (inability of body to detoxify free radical damage through neutralization by antioxidants). Oxidative stress can lead to chronic inflammation, which in turn could lead to cancer.
Researchers have found that, anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory property of green tea can reduce the risk of cancer.