If you want healthier, better-looking skin, then it may be time to think beyond creams and topical products. Researchers believe that green tea protects the skin, playing a role in fighting skin aging and wrinkling. However, it is uncertain whether these products contain enough antioxidants to confer benefits to the skin.
In her latest blog, holistic pharmacist and best-selling author Sherry Torkos explains why green tea is so healthful. Green tea is one of the richest food sources of a potent form of antioxidants called catechins. These catechins appear to promote skin health in several ways. They appear to help:
- Neutralize free radicals (compounds that can damage cells and DNA)
- Reduce inflammation
- To protect the skin from damage due to ultraviolet light (sun) exposure
To get the benefits of green tea catechins, Torkos says that a better approach might be to consume them. Consistency matters, so choose the approach that works best for you.
- Supplement. She advises that supplements are one of the best ways to ensure that you are getting a desirable and consistent amount of catechins. Supplements also vary in quality and potency. To ensure you are taking a good quality supplement without pesticides or harmful solvents, look for a product that contains a Sunphenon green tea extract. You will find products that contain Sunphenon in a range of supplements available at health food stores, pharmacies and online supplement retailers.
- Quench your thirst. Green tea is a healthful beverage. The amount of catechins in the tea vary depending on the quality and type of tea (sencha and matcha typically contain more antioxidants) and how the tea is brewed. I found an interesting book about green tea that has some delicious recipes using matcha for everything from seafood gratin to cupcakes. It’s called New Tastes in Green Tea.
For a more technical review, check out Green Tea Polyphenols “Nutraceuticals of Modern Life“.