Many health-conscious individuals have taken to adding green tea to their daily diet. This is because it’s reported to be one of the most beneficial natural food sources, and its regular consumption could only cause positive things for one’s health.
Although many claims about the health perks of green tea started merely supported by anecdotal evidence and observations made through multiple generations of its consumption, a good portion of them are now backed by scientific studies. Its numerous benefits are discussed at length here.
At this point, despite the various diseases that green tea already helps prevent or combat, more are being added to the list as the health and medicine communities learn more about the beverage’s wholesome properties. One of those ailments now being studied for their response to green tea consumption is arthritis.
People may notice that, as they age, their joints become more swollen and tender, causing pain and stiffness. This combination of swelling and discomfort in the joints is called arthritis. There are different kinds of the condition; however, the two most common are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage covering the bones of your joints starts to wear away. This is a common consequence of aging. On the other hand, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. That means the body’s immune system attacks the joints, beginning with their lining. Both conditions result in pain and discomfort.
So, arthritis boils down to joint pain, and there have been studies showing that green tea helps ease it by addressing cholesterol and body fat issues. According to research, the catechins (a kind of natural phenol or chemical that protects plants from disease) in green tea decrease body weight, body mass index, waist circumference, body fat mass, and subcutaneous fat. So, how does this relate to joint pain?
While studies show that it is not the wear and tear brought forth by excess weight that causes joint pain, they indicate that those fat cells lead to inflammation. There’s a link between joint pain and fat-related factors such as elevated cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, and inflammation from excessive weight.
Considering this, research showing green tea’s anti-inflammatory effects suggests a strong likelihood that green tea may eventually be recommended as an adjunctive treatment for controlling joint pain and improving joint function.
Green tea has epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG, a catechin or a type of antioxidant that also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is capable of stopping inflammatory activity through many different chemical pathways. This compound is essentially the main source of most of the health and medicinal benefits derived from green tea.
Green tea has another anti-inflammatory catechin called epicatechin-3-gallate or EGC. Do not mistake them as the same thing; they’re not interchangeable. EGCG has received more research focus than EGC since it appears to be the more potent compound. It is also better absorbed and used by the body. Additionally, when it comes to green tea, EGCG is also the more dominant compound, consisting of 63 percent of the total amount of its catechins.
Autoimmune arthritis works differently from osteoarthritis, even though it results in the same pain and stiffness. So, in terms of rheumatoid arthritis, joint damage is caused by immune system cells over-producing fibroblasts. These fibroblasts influence other immune cells to get into the joint cartilage and destroy it.
In a study with rodents, green tea demonstrated the ability to lower levels of these fibroblast-producing immune systems cells. Meanwhile, in a study with human tissues, both EGCG and EGC were shown to inhibit the activity of these immune system cells.
Research also shows that green tea may correct the metabolism, impact T-cells, which are part of rheumatoid arthritis’s immune over-response, plus improve stress response, sleep, and mood. Altogether, these effects help prevent and manage cases of rheumatoid arthritis.
A large-scale tea consumption study involving more than 700 participants was conducted in 2020. It showed that those who regularly drank tea, either green or black, had less active arthritis than those who drank little to no tea. Meanwhile, another study showed that while black tea had an anti-inflammatory effect, decreasing levels of several rheumatoid arthritis markers, green tea, besides the same, also had protective effects against rheumatoid arthritis.
Please note that green and black tea come from the same Camellia sinensis plant. The difference is in the time of their harvest. Green tea is harvested earlier than black tea.
Green tea offers great health benefits, but keep in mind that it’s not a miracle worker. Years of abuse resulting in degenerative damage do not get undone overnight. It’s best to remedy without incurring fresh damage, so sufferers should treat while preventing the worsening of the condition. In time, the improvement should be noticeable.
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