by Joannah Konecny, Dietetic Intern, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
If you are in search of a beverage to help keep your skin looking healthy and young, but are tired of drinking plain water, keep reading to learn how green tea may help your skin. While much of the research related to green tea and skin health has focused on topical application of green tea compounds, drinking green tea may also offer some benefits.
Whether served hot or cold, green tea contains polyphenols including epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. In a study published in the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, researchers found that in animal models, topical and oral administration of green tea helped with protection against the development of non-melanoma skin cancer. This research also suggested that in mice, regular consumption of green tea polyphenols may help with certain inflammation-associated skin diseases. Since other research has reported that adding green tea to your diet may help improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer and promotes good oral health, you may want to consider adding green tea to your diet today!