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End of Endo, Green Tea helps eliminate Dioxins
January 26, 2004
First of all let me wish you all a positive and optimistic start to the new year.
In this issue of End of Endo we are going to cover the health benefits of Green Tea. There is one health benefit in particular which will be very relevant for women with Endometriosis, and that is the ability of Green Tea to protect the body at a molecular level from the toxic effects of Dioxins.
Dioxins refers to a range of chemicals which are found extensively
in the environment all over the world. They enter the body mainly through the
food chain and have very damaging effects on the body. One of the effects
of Dioxins is they are one form of Xenoestrogen. So they act on the
body as a chemical version of estrogen.
As Endometriosis is fed by estrogen (in which ever form it takes - whether it
be from the bodies own estrogen, plant based estrogen in the form of
phytoestrogen, or chemical based estrogen in the form of xenoestrogen)
then dioxins will make the symptoms of Endometriosis even worse. There are
some authorities who feel that Dioxins may even be the initial cause of
The fact that researchers are discovering that Green Tea can protect
the body from the damaging effects of dioxins is valuable and valid
advice for women with Endometriosis.
Green tea is actually the same plant as its more well-known cousin
black tea; however, special processing retains a far greater
antioxidant profile in green tea leaves, resulting in a far more
superior beverage for supporting health. Numerous scientific
studies now document the tremendous benefits of drinking green tea.
A study by researchers at Rochester University suggesting that
green tea's ability to fight cancer is even more potent and
varied than scientists had initially known about. The researchers found chemicals
in green tea that shut down a key molecule that can play a role in the
development of cancer. The molecule - the aryl hydrocarbon receptor,
or AH - can activate genes in a harmful way. Dioxins and tobacco
smoke cause the molecule to trigger potentially harmful gene activity.
Two chemicals in green tea - similar to the anti-cancer flavonoids
in cabbage, broccoli, grapes, and red wine - inhibit AH activity.
There are numerous chemical contaminants which enter the body and
cause their damaging effects through the molecular pathway. This
same pathway is shut down by the active ingredients in Green Tea.
These chemicals include dioxins, some PCBs, and some polycyclic
aromatic hydrocarbons among others. (My partner who is a chemist helps me with some of this chemistry jargonese!)
Studies have shown that, taken in sufficient quantities, green tea can:
The use of adequate amounts of green tea can:
Green tea provides powerful antioxidant polyphenols (estimated as 25X
the antioxidant activity of vitamin E and 100X that of vitamin C)
It promotes growth of friendly intestinal bacteria and decreases
toxic bowel metabolites.
I have included a simple stir fry recipe which includes the use
of Green Tea, as well as other healthy ingredients.
The distinctive flavours of cholesterol-lowering green tea, ginger, and garlic
combine with heart-healthy vegetables in this simple dish. Serve it
with brown rice or wheat-free noodles for a meal which is safe for
the Endometriosis diet and packed full of goodness.
1 cup strong green tea
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons green tea (drink or discard the rest)
and cornstarch. Whisk in sesame oil, and red pepper flakes.
The ususual way to use Green Tea is as an infused tea. Be careful
where you buy your Green Tea, as some manufacturers use tea bags which contain compounds that turn into Dioxins. This is because the tea bag is impregnated with an anti-fungal agent. You can either buy your tea loose or shop around for chemical free tea bags.
While on the subject of recipes ...........
INGREDIENTS: 1 ripe coconut (thick, white flesh)
2 pints canned coconut milk
1. Crack coconut using a hammer and screwdriver to extract the milk.
Yours with healing thoughts
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