So, Can Green Tea Reduce Inflammation in Lupus?
If you suffer from Lupus, then you know what it means to have chronic, widespread inflammation throughout your body. One of the most important things we hear (or should be hearing) from our rheumatologists is the importance of reducing inflammation in the body. When we have flares, this is our body reacting to the inflammation caused by our lupus. Steroids are one of the most commonly prescribed medicines to reduce inflammation and symptoms in lupus patients. Many lupus patients have a love win relationship with steroids. It is incredibly smart to speak with your rheumatologist about pursuing other ways to reduce inflammation. Today we are going to talk about the amazing effects of green tea and how they can reduce lupus symptoms that may be caused by increased inflammation.
Regular consumption of tea and plants rich in polyphenols are known for various health-promoting functions such as diuretic, anticarcinogenic, immunity-support, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory effects. Different relevant investigations have revealed green tea polyphenols as potent antioxidants [12,13] to play important roles in inactivation of several signaling pathways involved in inflammation.– Source
What is Green Tea?
Green tea is a type of tea that is made from unfermented leaves, pale in color, and slightly bitter in flavor. It is mainly produced in China and Japan. Green tea comes from the same plant that black tea is made from, Camellia sinensis, but green tea and black tea are prepared differently. Fresh leaves are steamed and used to produce green tea. Green tea has been used for thousands of years in areas of China and Japan for various medicinal purposes. Green tea is most commonly known for it’s health and weight loss aiding properties. You have probably seen a variety of diets and detoxes that use green tea to help people lose weight. Most people recognize the weigh loss effects of green tea, but many have not heard about the anti-inflammatory effect green tea can have on the body. As a lupus patient, anti-inflammatory agents are often sought out and added to the diet to prevent inflammation being caused by lupus. This article is intended to show how simply incorporating green tea in to your diet, may help alleviate inflammation that is associated with lupus.
While most people simply drink green tea as a beverage, it has also found many other ways to be incorporated for health benefits. There are many forms of green tea sold in capsules and tablets, and most recently in the topical form (applied directly on the skin) in makeup, lotions, and other cosmetics.
How Can Green Tea Reduce Inflammation?
Green tea may also be useful in inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis. Research suggests that green tea may help arthritis by reducing inflammation and slowing the breakdown of cartilage.
“Leaves from Camellia Sinensis shrub form three types of teas including black tea, green tea and oolong tea, depending on their processing techniques. Green tea is prepared by steaming and drying the tealeaves (20% of total production). Tea extracts are commonly used as beverages, food additives or integrated into cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulations . Tea extracts are rich in vitamins (B and C), minerals, polyphenols, caffeic acid, fertaric acid, tannins and volatiles. These polyphenols have been investigated for various biological and physiological activities.”- Source
“It has been reported that one of the features of several non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs, is their ability to stabilize (prevent denaturation) heat-treated albumin at the physiological pH (pH: 6.2 – 6.5). Therefore, from the results of the present preliminary study, it can be concluded that both green and black tea leaves possess a marked anti-inflammatory effect against the denaturation of protein in vitro. Previous researchers have reported the anti-inflammatory activity of both green tea and black tea.[9–12] “- Source
While both black and green tea have shown anti inflammatory effects, green tea seems to have a better response in regards to black tea. If you have been thinking about adding green tea to your lupus diet, it seems that there would not be much issues in doing so. It is always important to speak with your rheumatologist before beginning any physical activity, herbal regiment, or adding anything new in to your body. If you have been asking yourself if green tea can reduce inflammation in lupus, we hope that this article has helped show you it has to potential to do so!