As we age, our skin loses fullness and gains more stains. This is because the skin cells are made of carbohydrate, and carbohydrate is oxidized due to a reduced amount of active oxygen in the body as we age. Usually if you are a woman, it is a common practice to cover these skin problems by adding makeup, but the important thing here is taking internal care.

To keep the skin looking young, it is necessary to take more antioxidants. Antioxidants are natural elements which prevent the oxidization of membrane that is the top film of cells. There are some foods and drinks that contain antioxidants, and one of them is green tea. In fact it has been confirmed through various researches that green tea is a great source of a high amount of antioxidants.

Let’s look more closely at the elements of the green tea. It is understood that the green tea contains carotene, vitamins C and E and catechin. Carotene changes into vitamin A when taken into the body. These natural elements contain antioxidants. In fact, vitamins A, C, E have been long known as the source of antioxidants, but in recent years, it was also discovered that catechin has many health benefits.

One of catechin’s features is that this element contains a great source of antioxidants. Half amount of the catechin is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). The antioxidation power of EGCG is 20 times stronger than that of vitamin E and 10 times stronger than that of vitamin C. (The antioxidation power of vitamins E and C have been considered as enough to slow down aging.)  Vitamins A and E work well to prevent dryness of the skin and protect the membrane, so that the skin cells are kept in a healthy condition. Vitamin C is effective to keep the original colour of skin by preventing stains. Usually, vitamin C is sensitive to heat and easily decomposed in hot water, but in the case of hot green tea, vitamin C is protected by catechin and therefore vitamin C is not decomposed. It can be present in the drink. Furthermore, when the vitamins and catechin coexist in a common solution like green tea drink, they affect each other and produce more antioxidants.

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