Green Tea and Mushrooms

Green Tea and Mushrooms

Addressing the health of our skin involves the health of our body, on the inside and the outside. The skin is our largest organ and the skin is our first line of defense in our immune system. The common cold and allergies lead to people coughing and sneezing all around us. Two of my secret weapons to stay healthy also make my skin stay healthy and look fabulous. They are green tea and mushrooms. These two foods enhance the immune system and have healthy skin benefits.

You can find green tea and mushrooms in a variety of skin care products, including cleansers, serums, moisturizers, exfoliants and masks. They can also be found in supplements. Green tea and mushrooms can yield powerful results when used internally and externally. Both ingredients can be found in Chinese medicine.

Certain mushrooms and teas have been used for thousands of years for their immune-enhancing and energy supplying effects. In the last 30 years, researchers have confirmed the antiviral, antimicrobial and anti-cancer properties of many varieties of mushrooms. These include Shiitake, Oyster, Reishi and Cordyceps mushrooms. My favorite for immune boosting properties is the Reishi mushroom because it contains polysaccharides that have been shown to enhance our immune system by suppressing the growth of tumor cells and increasing T-cell and macrophage counts. The Cordeceps mushroom is great for increasing energy.

Teas are found in several varieties. The amount of steaming and fermenting processing the harvested tea goes through determines whether it becomes black, green or white tea. Most studies have been on green tea, but all teas have therapeutic benefits.

Green tea can reduce swelling and inflammation. In clinical studies, green tea has demonstrated the ability to prevent, or at least postpone, the onset of cancer and heart disease. I drink cold-processed green tea from Kyoto, Japan and take supplements made from the potent tips of the green tea leaf as a part of personal weight management. I also chew green tea “pearls” throughout the day for energy. My daily skincare regimen includes using serums and moisturizers with green tea ingredients, which have been scientifically proven to stop the signs of aging and restore skin to a healthy state. The reason they are so effective is because they are packed full of anti-oxidants called catechins. The most powerful is the epigallocatechin (EGCG), which is found in green tea, not black tea. Green tea catechins are synergistic with other anti-oxidants like vitamin E and vitamin C. The epigallocatechin (EGCG) has been found to be much more effective than vitamin E in neutralizing pro-oxidants and free radicals that cause the body to age intrinsically and extrinsically.

Hippocrates said “Let thy food be thy health”. So have a cup of tea and put some mushrooms in your next meal. Enjoy good for you foods. The best therapeutic benefits green tea and mushrooms are when they are used in supplements to your regular diet. I prefer pharmaceutical grade nutraceuticals made from natural ingredients. Not all supplements are created equal, so do your research. I enjoy the benefits of looking and feeling fabulous in my 50s. So can you, at any age.

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