Green Tea for Arthritis Treatment

Recent discoveries show that green tea contains essential compounds and antioxidants that help in preventing joint damage. Explore the health secrets of green tea in the article below.

Tea has been the most common beverage after water since ancient times. The Chinese tradition boasts of a 4,000 to 5,000 year long loyalty towards tea sipping. Years later scientists tried to explore the benefits of green tea leaves for treating arthritis symptoms.

Exploring the origin of tea leaves:

Apart from herbal teas, all types of tea are derived from a plant called ‘Camellia Sinesis’. This plant is a perennial evergreen shrub grown all around the world. Its leaves are then processed in a way to classify them as green, black and oolong. The taste, aroma and color of the tea types are a result of fermentation. The classification of the tea types is based on the degrees and process of fermentation. Tea that is not fermented remains ‘green’. The major producers in green tea are India and Sri Lanka.

Why is green tea effective for arthritis?

Green tea is considered effective for treating arthritis conditions because it is shown to possess antioxidants. Expert’s claim that effective compounds like flavonoids come alive in the green tea leaves when boiled or steamed. These antioxidant compounds are also found in fresh fruits and vegetables.

The green tea leaves produces these chemicals to protect itself from the harmful effects of photosynthesis. Surprisingly, these antioxidants help in curing the impurities off the human body. Arthritis sufferers get relief through these chemical compounds as the sore joints are replaced with a fresh inflow of blood at the joints.

The impurities in the bloodstream occur naturally. Harmful toxins like the ultraviolet rays, smoking, pollution further increase the production of these free radicals or impurities in the human body. The role of the potent antioxidants in the green tea leaves is to defuse the damaging compounds and altering them with effective ones.

Studies to support the effects of green tea for arthritis:

A study conducted by the University of Michigan proved that green tea contained about 30 to 40 percent of water based polyphenols than black tea, which contains 3 to 10 percent of the same.

One of the primary polyphenols found in fresh green tea leaves called epigallocatechin gallete or the EGCG was proved to be effective in preventing joint destruction.

The synovial fibroblast cells that form a lining of the tissues that support the joints were incubated with EGCG. A pro inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1 beta was added to the medium. Usually when added to untreated cells, the bone destructive molecules multiply or increase at the joints. In this case, however it did not.

Researchers therefore concluded that EGCG helped in controlling the production of inflammatory proteins and also in checking the breakdown of cartilages between and around the bone and muscle framework.

A Japanese study further confirmed that more than two cups of green tea taken on a daily basis can help in curing Alzheimer related dementia as well. So green tea has become a cure for most ailments today due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties. For further guidance consult a rheumatologist to sip away your aches.