Green tea is known for its ability to protect against tumor growth (you can learn more about green tea’s cancer-fighting abilities here: How Green Tea Is Battling Three Forms of Cancer) and fight high cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease.
In the latest health news, green tea has been found to have yet another feather in its health preventative cap: researchers say that the tea is an excellent remedy for the good health of your teeth and mouth.
Israeli researchers investigated green tea’s polyphenol antioxidants and their ability to benefit oral health. Don’t like the dentist? Hate when you get a cavity and the dentist gets the drill out? Well, green tea could have the ability to protect against bacterial-induced dental cavities, according to the research team.
The polyphenols in green tea also possess antiviral properties, which could help protect against the influenza virus that often enters through the mouth or nasal cavities. Additionally, green tea polyphenols can be used as a natural remedy to treat bad breath, or halitosis as the medical community calls it. The sulfur compounds in green tea are thought to be responsible for its breath-freshening effect.
Smokers could also benefit from drinking green tea, the researchers say. Cigarette smoke, which is at its most concentrated when first breathed into the mouth, contains many harmful compounds such as nicotine that can lead to infections and more serious conditions like oral cancer. Green tea polyphenols could help to offset the negative health effects of cigarette smoke.
Green tea has an ability to defend healthy cells from transforming into malignant cells. The research team suggests that green tea could help induce death in oral cancer cells. They conclude by saying that green tea could be used as part of the prevention and treatment of oral health complaints.
Here’s an extra health tip: if you want to boost the antioxidant power of your cup of green tea, add some lemon.