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“Arthritis affects more than 50 million American adults,” according to a recent study published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2030, this figure will likely increase up to 67 million based on the same research.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines arthritis as an autoimmune disease that is highly characterized by the following symptoms:
Generally, doctors prescribe non-steroidal medications to help alleviate the pain. However, your prolonged use of anti-rheumatic drugs has adverse effects on your immune system. In fact, it will gradually destabilize your body’s natural response to infections. To find a much safer alternative, medical experts turn to natural plants to effectively manage the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis.
Green tea is a popular beverage mainly because of its medicinal benefits. For several years, researchers have been conducting numerous studies to investigate the anti-inflammatory properties of polyphenols, a substance that is found to be richly abundant in green tea.
In 2008, the Journal of Nutrition confirms that green tea contains polyphenol compounds that can effectively strengthen your immune system to deal with arthritis. The study further reveals that the regular intake of green tea can successfully curb the effects of anti-inflammatory substance and antigens.
Chronic inflammation plays a major role in arthritis. In order to prevent and control the inflammation, medical experts tap into the dietary benefits of green tea, specifically epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, and epigallocatechin-3 gallate, collectively known as EGCG.
White Eagle Long Life is best known for its high levels of polyphenol. It is dried very quickly to preserve its arsenal of antioxidant molecules. Because it is rich in polyphenols, Sencha green tea is an ideal beverage to combat major health problems such as athritis. High EGCG also has been shown to help prevent cancer.
Did you know that white tea is also high in EGCG content? If you’re looking for a different flavor, try this other type of minimally oxidized tea. White tea has a smoother flavor and lighter body than green tea, and tastes great both hot and iced.
Ginger contains zingerone, a powerful nutrient that is able to suppress the production of the enzymes that cause inflammation in your body. You'll find that zingerone works similar to ibuprofen, but without the side effects. It will reduce the swelling without thinning your blood, making it a much safer arthritis treatment.
You can simply boil ginger root to release the zingerone into the water, and you'll want to make a decoction of the ginger root rather than an infusion. Or, you can try our delicious Ginger Oolong tea for a real treat!