Ingredient Spotlight: Camellia Sinensis (aka green, white and black tea)

January 30, 2017

All the exceptional, out-of-this-world benefits of green tea, without even taking a sip. Green Tea Extract and camellia seed oil (both Camellia sinensis) is truly an unrivaled health agent and the stuff legends are made of – literally.

Rumored to have been discovered accidentally by a Chinese emperor some 4000 years ago, legend has it that as he left a pot of boiling water unattended, some windswept tea leaves found their way into the water and resulted in the fine, earthy brew we enjoy today. The camellia sinensis plant is tea in all its forms (black, oolong, etc.) and green is simply the least refined version of the plant, therefore having the most unadulterated benefits to offer.

A detoxifying health superhero, the seeds of green tea can be pressed, creating camellia seed oil  while green tea extract is distilled from the leaves of the plant. The anti-bacterial content of green tea helps with acne and skin blemishes, while the anti-inflammatory properties have been known to help with redness, rosacea, and even psoriasis, making green tea extract an energetic skin restoring agent for any skin type. Green tea protects against harmful UV rays, which in turn prevents premature aging, restoring skin’s elasticity and repairing any environmental damage. The only cancer she’ll help is the astrological sign: research has shown green tea as anti-carcinogenic as drinking it could help prevent the formation of cancerous cells.

An antioxidant-rich master, green tea kicks free radicals to the curb. Free radicals are responsible for cell damage, which for skin translates as wrinkles, blemishes, and sunspots. Specifically, the green tea antioxidant responsible for being such a mighty free radical fighter is epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. Green tea boasts the highest known amount of any antioxidant, EGCG, which research shows is 100 times more powerful than vitamin C! With this prevailing health expert in your corner, it’s no wonder your well-being revives without delay.

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