Rebellious Beverage Company is disrupting the beverage industry!
Rebellious Infusions are premium beverages that are customizable to fit today’s healthy, individual lifestyles.
Rebellious Infusions are 100% plant-based, healthy hydration options. They are organic liquid green tea infusions that are ready-to-drink and ready whenever & wherever..
Zero calories, zero sugar, with loads of antioxidants.
Not in the medicinal or supplement definition. Rebellious Infusions are brewed, similar to how someone would do this at home, but on a much larger scale. Through our proprietary technique, we are able to maintain a high level of antioxidants—up to 300mg per serving, while removing the water and allowing someone to add Rebellious Infusions to cold or hot water when they’re ready.
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Add one liquid packet to 14–16oz of water (iced, room temperature, or hot). A quick stir or shake is all that’s needed!
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After drinking a refreshing Rebellious Infusion, one should feel a sense of increased alertness, focus, and energy without feeling a ‘rush’ of energy like from a cup of coffee or an energy drink. One can expect to feel this way with no noticeable crash or withdrawal later in the day.
Remember, Rebellious Infusions are not energy drinks. The goal of Rebellious Infusions is to have a subtle push of energy that allows someone to be productive and focused in a good direction! What will they do with the Productive Energy?
A recent assessment of the beverage space uncovered this opportunity. Consumers want a healthier beverage, one that is convenient and tastes great. All three items are here in one beverage. Leveraging over 20 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry, we introduced Rebellious Infusions.
Rebellious Rebellious Infusions are a 100% plant-based, healthy hydration option. They are organic liquid green tea infusions that are ready-to-drink and ready when you are.
** Zero calories, zero sugar, with loads of antioxidants **
This article summarizes the consumer options and confirmed our path. Here’s a long-ish excerpt:
But what you buy in a bottle may not deliver all the benefits you’re hoping to get from drinking tea—such as its potential to improve heart health and lower risk of conditions like cognitive decline and diabetes.
“In order to have these beneficial effects, the tea you’re drinking must be high in antioxidants,” says Joe Vinson, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton. “And there’s no way of knowing what you’re actually getting when you buy iced tea in a bottle.”
What’s more, many bottled iced teas are nutritionally on par with soda—complete with loads of sugars, and artificial colors and flavors.
That’s not to say iced tea is never a good choice. Some bottles are better than others and, as always, it pays to read the nutrition label to find the best options.
Here’s what to consider before choosing a bottle of iced tea.
Beware of Sugar The biggest downfall of bottled iced tea is that many varieties are packed with added sugar.
“You may think you’re choosing a healthier option when you grab a bottle of iced tea instead of a soda, but in many cases, you’re getting about as much sugars,” says Amy Keating, R.D., a nutritionist at Consumer Reports.
The current Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that less than 10 percent of your daily calories come from added sugars—that’s less than 50 grams if you’re following a 2,000-calorie diet. The American Heart Association says that the maximum daily added sugar intake should be no more than 25 grams for women and 36 grams for men.
Drinking sweetened iced tea can get you close to or over the max. For example, a 23-ounce can of Arizona Peach Tea has 69 grams of sugar and 259 calories. An 18.5-ounce bottle of Pure Leaf Sweet Tea has 42 grams of sugar and 160 calories.
The same goes for some iced tea/lemonade brands. Snapple Half ‘n’ Half, for instance, has 51 grams of sugar and 210 calories in 16 ounces. Compare those numbers to the 240 calories and 65 grams of sugar in a 20-ounce bottle of Coke.
Some brands will tout that they contain real sugar, cane sugar, or honey. But such products aren’t better for you necessarily than those with high fructose corn syrup.
“It’s still all added sugar,” Keating says.
Diet iced teas will be low in sugar and calories, but they may contain sugar substitutes, such as aspartame or sucralose. Recent research suggests that consumption of alternative sweeteners may be linked to increased risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Terms such as “less sweet” or “a tad sweet” often mean that the tea has less sugar than a similar product from the same brand. But the amount can vary from brand to brand.
For example, Gold Peak Slightly Sweet Tea has 24 grams of sugar and 90 calories in 18.5 ounces compared to 48 grams of sugar and 190 calories in the brand’s Sweet Tea. And Honest Tea’s Organic Lori’s Lemon Tea, which is labeled “a tad sweet” has 15 grams of sugar and 60 calories in a 16-ounce bottle. But in both cases, the less sweet versions still pack a lot of added sugar.
Your best bet is to look for iced teas labeled unsweetened. These may have flavors (such as lemon) added, but they’ll be calorie-free and won’t contain any type of sweetener.
“If you like, mix in a teaspoon of sugar or agave syrup,” says Keating. “You’ll get some sweetness but with a lot less sugar than in a presweetened version.”
Don’t Count on Getting Antioxidants If part of the reason you’re choosing iced tea is because you want to drink a dose of antioxidants, be warned that there may not be many in a bottle.
“Bottled teas are very low in antioxidants compared to freshly brewed tea,” says Vinson, whose lab has analyzed a variety of teas.
In his testing, black tea bags steeped for five minutes in hot water contained the highest amount of polyphenols—a type of antioxidant found in black tea— (over 600 milligrams per cup) while bottled black tea contained the least (68 milligrams per cup).
Vinson theorizes that the ratio of water to tea is higher in bottled teas than in tea you make at home, so the resulting beverage has a lower antioxidant level. Flavorings and sugar eliminate tea’s naturally bitter taste but may also dilute antioxidants.
Don’t Think Green is Better There are a lot of good things about green tea. Some research suggests that the type of antioxidant in green tea, called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), may help lower risk of certain cancers and reduce the risk of heart disease.
But do not be blinded by green tea’s health halo. Many bottled green teas—just like bottled black teas—are loaded with added sugars and other not-so-healthy ingredients. For example, a 14.5-ounce bottle of Teavana Peach Green Tea has 21 grams of sugars and 90 calories.
Rebellious Infusions are a pre-brewed, ready-to-drink organic liquid green tea that is ready whenever.
** Zero calories, with loads of antioxidants **
Organic food production offers a wide variety of benefits for us, as well as for the environment, through the use of earth-friendly agricultural practices.
By using organic ingredients, we are promoting the health of farmers as well as their land. Sustainable practices, such as those implemented by organic agriculture, will enable the next generation to enjoy premium ingredients across food and beverages.
A food labeled “natural” does not mean it is organic. As regulated by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the use of the term “all natural” only applies to the production (not farming) of meat, poultry, and eggs. For other products, this term legally does not guarantee anything under the USDA.
It should also be noted that the Food and Drug Administration has not developed a definition for “natural” or its derivatives. However, the agency does not object to the use of the term, provided the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.
“Certified Organic” means a third-party certifying organization accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has verified that a product meets the standards established by the National Organic Program (NOP). This program was created by the USDA in 2002. The NOP regulates all aspects of organic food production, including handling, labeling, processing, delivery, and retail sale. It also accredits state agencies and private organizations to inspect and certify organic facilities.
Our certifier is Quality Assurance International.
To learn more about the NOP and its regulations, visit: www.ams.usda.gov.
The USDA requires that a third-party certifier inspect the production and handling of organic products.
Rebellious Infusions are certified through Quality Assurance International (QAI), an independent, organic-focused organization established in 1989. QAI, like Rebellious Infusions, is committed to organic integrity. QAI was one of the first USDA-accredited certifiers. The QAI and USDA logos found on our packaging ensure Rebellious Infusions’ utmost compliance.
Learn more at: www.qai-inc.com
Our goal is to be Rebellious against the current flavored beverages in the market. We strive for a balanced profile, with a refreshing beverage, and one’s palate can pick out the taste notes of the flavors.
Due to our balanced taste profile, Rebellious Infusions are loved by individuals who enjoy natural. plant-based beverages over all those artificial options.
RebelliouS Infusions are crafted using a proprietary manufacturing technique. We brew it for great taste and excellent function. We use no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or fillers.
All products are certified organic and have one of the cleanest labels on the market.
All flavors of RebelliouS Infusions and RebelliouS Pure Energy have the following ingredients: organic brewed green tea with filtered water, organic flavor blend [depends on each flavor], organic concentrated lemon juice, organic monk fruit extract, and organic fruit & vegetable juice (color).
RebelliouS Caffeine-Free Infusions—Wildberry have the following ingredients: organic brewed hibiscus herbal tea with filtered water, organic flavor blend (berry), and organic monk fruit extract.
Rebellious Caffeine-Free Infusions—Sangria have the following ingredients: organic brewed rooibos herbal tea with filtered water, organic flavor blend (sangria-type), organic concetrated lemon juice, and organic monk fruit extract.
The name monk fruit might not be recognizable (yet), but Buddha fruit, longevity fruit, or luo han guo are all names the fruit is known by. These are all names for Siratia grosvenoori, a vine in the gourd family. You can normally find monk fruits in certain parts of China and Thailand, where it has been utilized for centuries, both as a medicinal remedy for an array of diseases and a valuable food additive as a sweetener.
This uncommon fruit is extremely sweet compared to sugar. Rebellious Infusions use microscopic amounts of monk fruit in each serving, which results in a lightly sweetened infusion with ZERO calories and ZERO sugar. In addition, monk fruit is another source of antioxidants in Rebellious Infusions.
All of our infusions are ZERO calories and ZERO sugar. Rebellious Infusions do not use any artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or fillers.
As part of our balanced flavor blend, we use monk fruit. It is over 250 times sweeter than cane sugar. Rebellious Infusions are ever-so-lightly sweetened.
A vast majority of people who only drink unsweetened tea tend to love Rebellious Infusions!
YES! and No…we’ll explain.
Yes—We have two flavors of Rebellious Caffeine-Free Infusions: Wildberry and Sangria. Wildberry uses organic brewed hibiscus herbal tea and Sangria uses organic brewed rooibos herbal tea. Both infusions have no caffeine.
No—Wildberry and Sangria are not “decaffeinated”; both flavors are entirely caffeine-free! Hibiscus and rooibos plants do not produce the caffeine molecule while growing. We didn’t take the caffeine out…it was never there!
According to scientists at the FDA, caffeine can be part of a healthy diet for most people, but too much caffeine may pose a danger to your health.
Rebellious Infusions are crafted using a proprietary manufacturing technique which maintains the freshness. We brew the tea to ensure our high standards are met. We use no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or fillers.
Rebellious Infusions are packaged with near-zero air, in a long-lasting, shelf-stable, 4-ply packet to preserve the naturally delicious taste and aroma. The 4-ply foil film is an important element to maintain freshness without the need to add preservatives. Currently, all major suppliers of this food-grade film are working to develop a recyclable foil that meets industry needs. When that’s available, we will make the switch.
Our products are eco-friendly. Because Rebellious Infusions are added to water, we save a tremendous amount of shipping space and weight, therefore reducing the carbon footprint within our distribution and supply chains. We also do not produce any plastic bottles that can make their way into our oceans.
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From sustainable-practice farms, organic tea plantations, and small growers and estates all over the world. The country or countries of origin for any particular ingredient may vary, as seasons change and harvest times vary.
We source only all natural, certified organic ingredients chosen for dynamic functionality in the human body.
We source our certified organic ingredients only from farmers and growers whose farms, plantations, and rainforest operations meet ecologically sustainable objectives. Our responsible-practice partners grow and harvest our ingredients according to ethical standards that address social, economic, and environmental concerns.
Formulation, blending, inspections, packaging, and distribution take place in the USA.
All Rebellious Infusions have a “best-by” date, and we recommend enjoying them within that time frame to ensure one gets to experience their full and delicious flavor. Check the back of the packet for the best-by date.
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In the Chemistry Lab
Rebellious Infusions are rich in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant, including a catechin called EGCG.
Antioxidants are essential for neutralizing and removing free radicals found in the bloodstream that can damage cells and cause disease. This antioxidant ability may be why green tea is believed to play a role in cancer prevention.
These antioxidants can have various beneficial effects on health, such as reducing inflammation and helping to fight cancer. Green tea is about 30 percent polyphenols by weight, including large amounts of EGCG.
Rebellious Infusions are rich in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant, that have effects like reducing inflammation and helping to fight cancer. Green tea is about 30 percent polyphenols by weight, including large amounts of a catechin called EGCG.
Rebellious Infusions are rich in catechins which are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and provide other benefits.
There are five ‘catechins’ in green tea, and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most beneficial.
These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and various diseases.
For more information, here is Examine’s page on Catechins.
Rebellious Infusions contain the naturally occurring amino acid, L-Theanine. In combination with caffeine, L-Theanine helps stimulate alpha brain waves to produce a sense of focus and mental clarity, while inhibiting the negative side effects of caffeine, like the jitters, headache, and crash. It helps promote relaxation without drowsiness, making it synergistic with caffeine.
L-Theanine increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which has anti-anxiety effects. It also increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain.
For more information, here is Examine’s page on L-Theanine and a study on the effects on mental state.
Rebellious Infusions and Rebellious Pure Energyhave about 45mg and 100mg of caffeine, respectively, that is naturally occurring in green tea. Rebellious Caffeine-Free Infusions are based on hibiscus and rooibos herbal teas and have absolutely no caffeine!
Because we brew it, we can control the amount of caffeine through our proprietary manufacturing method. A major benefit of green tea is that the natural caffeine binds with the naturally-occurring amino acid, L-Theanine. In combination with caffeine, L-Theanine helps stimulate alpha brain waves to produce a sense of focus and mental clarity. This combination also inhibits caffeine’s negative side effects, like the jitters, headache, and crash that happen with many other beverages such as soft drinks, energy drinks, and coffee.
Caffeine is known to block an inhibitory neurotransmitter, called adenosine, increasing the firing of neurons and the concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.
Because of the L-Theanine and the smaller amount of caffeine, green tea can gives a much milder and different kind of “buzz” than coffee.
Many people report having more stable energy and being much more productive when they drink green tea, as compared to coffee.
For reference, popular diet colas have ~45mg of caffeine per serving and coffee has between 80–120mg per serving. But remember green tea caffeine is far better!
More info can be found in this FDA article.
I Traded Coffee for Green Tea for a Week—Here’s What Happened
For day-by-day blog: https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/benefits-of-green-tea-week-tradeoff/
Ultimately, my experiment certainly did bear out the science. Green tea doesn’t spike cortisol like coffee, and considering that high levels of cortisol can lead to an aggravation of acne, rosacea, and other skin conditions, it might not be the best skincare regimen. To prove it, my skin was indeed looking better than ever from the tea switch. Coffee is also known to relax the band of muscle between your esophagus and stomach, meaning stomach acid could splash back up and provoke acid reflux. My digestion had improved significantly.
In retrospect, the biggest thing I can caution against is not the coffee itself, but the amount you are drinking. At healthy doses, coffee has been indicated to effectively increase brain activity by releasing neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine. Numerous studies have proven that caffeine can lead to improved mood, reaction time, vigilance, and general cognitive function. However, too much of a good thing is always a bad thing. Be careful not to go overboard and over-stimulate your body; otherwise it can negate the benefits and make drinking coffee counter-productive. Even worse, you can develop a tolerance to it that makes your body dependent on the stuff.
So, before you angrily scream at the computer screen and sprint to the closest Starbucks for a venti latte, be sure to peruse all the health benefits of green tea. It might be worthwhile to slowly wean yourself from coffee beans to tea leaves, especially if you’re recently experiencing issues like high cholesterol or elevated blood pressure.
As for me, I can say that my allegiance for coffee has been critically challenged from this head-to-head competition—green tea, you just may have won this one.
The antioxidants present in green tea boost metabolism in the body, thereby augmenting the process of fat burning. And there’s more to it—studies have also shown that green tea helps in increasing the body’s overall metabolic rate, implying that it can burn relatively more amounts of fat round the clock.
Several studies show that green tea leads to decreases in body fat, especially in the abdominal area (A, B).
One of these studies was a 12-week randomized controlled trial in 240 men and women. In this study, the green tea group had significant decreases in body fat percentage, body weight, waist circumference, and belly fat (C).
When one looks at the ingredients list for any fat-burning supplement, chances are that green tea will be on there. This is because green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate, in controlled human trials (A, B).
In one study of 10 healthy men, green tea increased energy expenditure by 4% (C).
Another study showed that fat oxidation was increased by 17%, indicating that green tea may selectively increase the burning of fat (D).
However, some studies on green tea do not show any increase in metabolism, so the effects may depend on the individual (E).
Caffeine itself has also been shown to improve physical performance by mobilizing fatty acids from the fat tissues and making them available for use as energy (F, G).
In two separate review studies, caffeine has been shown to increase physical performance by 11–12%, on average (H, I).
The brain’s fuel comes from glucose When eating foods rich in sugar (glucose), the body fails to expend the sugar directly since the sugar molecules cannot be absorbed into the body cells. In turn, they pile up in your blood, thereby raising blood sugar levels.
Subsequently, the pancreatic beta cells notice this increase, and they trigger insulin release. The hormone then sends signals to the body system to absorb the sugar molecules.
Green tea plays a critical role in the provision of polyphenols which are essential in the improvement of the body’s insulin sensitivity. As a result, the body is in a better state to achieve glucose metabolism. Polyphenols promote the maintenance of a steady brain fuel level.
How does drinking green tea for brain power work? Green tea carries the EGCG compound which improves brain function. This compound has been shown to improve connectivity in particular sections of the brain, especially those associated with the working memory. These are the findings of Basel University Neuropsychiatry Department.
Thus, green tea is beneficial for the improvement of psychiatric or neurological symptoms with negative brainpower effects.
The brownish color in green tea is due to tannins present in green tea. Tannins are natural compounds including gallotannin, and they are helpful in the prevention of stroke or brain injury-related brain damage.
Green tea improves cognitive function by promoting memory and can play a critical role in cognitive impairment treatment including dementia and its causes.
A body possesses a system for DNA repair which enhances cell repair. Should someone suffer a stroke, this repair system ultimately is sent into overdrive. When it overworks, it results in undesirable brain cell damage and death.
However, if the brain cells are lined with gallotannin, they do not die in the event of such injury. Thus, a cup of green tea could potentially help keep brain cells alive for better brain power. This is the foundation of talks on gallotannin synthesis as a remedy for stroke recovery.
Green tea contains compounds like flavonoids and polyphenols that help boost the immune system. These phytoconstituents act as antimicrobial agents that help the body fight against various infections. Antioxidants in green tea help strengthen and protect the immune system against free radicals that are known to destroy living cells and tissues.
The antioxidants present in green tea are also known to improve the digestive system.
Additionally, the catechins present in green tea slows the function of digestive enzymes, thereby ensuring that not all calories ingested are absorbed by the intestines. This helps in weight-loss too.
Also, the EGCG in green tea is known to correct colitis symptoms, which is an inflammatory disease that upsets the digestive tract.
Stress is not an uncommon condition these days considering everyone’s hectic lifestyles. Polyphenols in green tea help reduce stress, boost energy, and improve mental focus. The various antioxidants in green tea have a calming effect on the mind and body, which helps in improving mood.
Folks who regularly suffer from mood swings and negative moods that could be lowering their concentration and mental alertness. The solution? A cup of green tea to benefit from its calming effect.
Green tea has a high polyphenol content. Polyphenols serve as antioxidants which possess potent health benefits. Research indicates that green tea polyphenols are critical in the protection against neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease, through increased dopamine production.
Dopamine works as a neurotransmitter which improves the regulation of emotional response and movement. A dopamine shortage in the body triggers tremor and slow movement, which are common Parkinson’s disease symptoms. Furthermore, dopamine is essential in the activation of the brain sections responsible for positive mood.
This research justifies the assumption that green tea indeed enhances mood by having a positive influence on psychopathological symptoms like depression and anxiety which could impair brainpower.
Green tea is rich in flavonoids, plant chemicals that protect against inflammation. A few cups of tea a day may reduce allergic inflammation.
Drinking five cups of green tea a day lowered psychological stress in a large group of Japanese people in a recent study done at Sendai’s Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine. The researchers didn’t identify any particular component of green tea that might have been soothing, but animal studies suggest that one compound, EGCC, had both sedative and hypnotic effects that tamp down the body’s production of stress chemicals.
High cholesterol levels can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Green tea contains catechins that are known to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, in the body. LDL is responsible for causing plaque in the arteries, leading to blockages which can affect the flow of blood.
Detoxifying one’s body helps improve metabolism. Green tea refreshes, hydrates, and cleanses the body of unhealthy toxins. The catechins in green tea improve fat metabolism and reduce toxic effects on the liver.
One surprising health benefit of green tea is its ability to fight inflammatory skin diseases and problems.
Research indicates that inflammatory skin problems—characterized by patches of dry, red, flaky skin caused by inflammation and over-production of skin cells—are reduced as a result of green tea consumption. The antioxidants can help delay signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and damage caused by sun exposure. Regular consumption of green tea flushes out unwanted toxins from the body and can leave healthy and supple skin.
Clear up Acne
A University of Miami study found that even a mild dose of green tea’s antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds erased almost two-thirds of pimples from people with mild to moderate acne when used twice daily for six weeks. To benefit, make a cup of green tea, let cool, and use as a face wash. For oily skin, mix peppermint tea with the green tea for an oil blasting wash (or: RebelliouS Infusions—Mint); and to calm inflamed skin, add chamomile to green tea for a soothing acne home remedy.
Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of cells. It is one of the world’s leading causes of death.
It is known that oxidative damage contributes to the development of cancer and that antioxidants may have a protective effect (A).
Green tea is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants, and it appears to reduce the risk of cancer:
Breast cancer: A meta-analysis of observational studies found that women who drank the most green tea had a 20–30% lower risk of developing breast cancer, the most common cancer in women (B).
Prostate cancer: One study found that men drinking green tea had a 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men (C).
Colorectal cancer: An analysis of 29 studies showed that those drinking green tea were up to 42% less likely to develop colorectal cancer (D).
Leukemia: Mayo Clinic researchers discovered a green tea component helps kill leukemia cells (E).
Many observational studies have shown that green tea drinkers are less likely to develop several types of cancer. However, more high-quality research is needed to confirm these effects (F, G).
It is important to keep in mind that some studies suggest putting milk in tea may reduce the antioxidant value (H).
Type 2 diabetes is a disease that has reached epidemic proportions in the past few decades and now afflicts about 400 million people worldwide.
This disease involves having elevated blood sugar levels in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin.
Studies show that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels (A).
One study of Japanese individuals found that those who drank the most green tea had a 42% lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes (B).
According to a review of 7 studies with a total of more than 286,000 individuals, green tea drinkers had an 18% lower risk of becoming diabetic (C).
Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are among the biggest causes of death in the world (A).
Studies show that green tea can mitogate some of the main risk factors for these diseases.
Those risk factors include total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides (B).
Green tea also dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the blood, protecting LDL particles from oxidation. LDL oxidation is one part of the pathway towards heart disease (C, D). It is not surprising to see that green tea drinkers may have up to a 31% lower risk of cardiovascular disease (E, F, G).
Down Syndrome is associated with reduced physical and intellectual abilities.
Research has indicated that the EGCG content in green tea may help to improve quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome symptoms. EGCG may improve visual memory, mental calculations, planning ability, and response control. Brain scans conducted in this research also show increased nerve cell connectivity.
Not only can green tea improve brain function in the short-term, it may also protect the brain in old age. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in humans and a leading cause of dementia.
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and involves the death of dopamine-producing neurons in the brain.
Multiple studies show that the catechin compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons in test tubes and animal models, potentially lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s (A, B, C).
Some studies show that they can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses like the influenza virus, potentially lowering the risk of infection (A, B, C, D).
Streptococcus mutans is the primary harmful bacteria in the mouth. It causes plaque formation and is a leading contributor to cavities and tooth decay.
Studies show that the catechins in green tea can inhibit the growth of Streptococcus mutans. Green tea consumption is associated with improved dental health and a lower risk of cavities (E, F, G, H).
Multiple studies also show that green tea can reduce bad breath (I, J).
Drinking two to three cups of green tea daily can help clear up a urinary tract infection. The tea contains antioxidants that one study found can reduce bladder inflammation. Other studies have shown that green tea drinkers have a 40% lower incidence of UTIs than those who did not drink green tea.