Green tea has been studies for years for use to help illness and disease. What can it do for fibromyalgia? Could this be another treatment for fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that is associated with fatigue, depression, memory loss, mental lethargy, G.I. problems and visual problems among many other things. There is no known cure for fibromyalgia, and it has proven to be difficult to treat.
Green tea is made from the leaves of the Camelia sinensis plant. Green tea is full of antioxidants that are thought to ease the many symptoms of fibromyalgia. Why does green tea work?
1. Green tea contains an antioxidant called theanine. Theanine has been shown to increase alertness, improve memory, decrease anxiety, increase the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, helps with insomnia and aids in weight loss along with diet and exercise.
2. Thermogenisis, the process of heat production in organisms, is caused by the caffeine in green tean and also the epigallocatachin gallate. Both of these chemicals in green tea help with weight loss.
3. The caffeine in green tea along with certain antioxidants has been shown to increase mental alertness in fibromyalgia patients.
4. Polyphenels help prevent inflammations and swelling. They also protect cartilage between the bones and decrease joint degeneration (osteoporosis). Fibromyalgia trigger points become inflamed at times and cause pain. Fibromyalgia patients sometimes end up with a related diagnosis of osteoporosis because of their inability to get the proper exercise because of severe, chronic pain.
The useful parts of green tea are the leaf bud, leaf and the stem. Green tea leaves should be seeped for 3-5 minutes for maximum medicinal benefits. Drinking 2-6 cups of green tea is recommended per day to reap it’s health benefits.
Always consult a doctor before you start taking any kind of supplement.
Reese, Valerie LPN, fibromyalgia patient, http://www.webmd.com, http://www.rxlist.com