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Green Tea Effects on Arthritis

Green Tea Effects on Arthritis


Much has been written about Green Tea in the last ten years or so, including its connection to helping with arthritis.  Several studies have shown a significant decrease in the onset of arthritis in those who consume green teas and also in the reduction of pain in the joints in those who already have arthritis.  These studies have found the following:

  • ECGC or Epigallocatechin-3-gallate, which is a polyphenol found in green tea, seems to be the key proponent in joint pain reduction.
  • Those with a predisposition to arthritis, if consuming green tea daily, are less likely to either get the disease or if they do get arthritis, have significantly less pain.
  • ECGC seems to block the inflammatory chemical reaction that causes joint pain, inflammation and damage.

While I do not think green tea is the cure all for arthritis or any other disorder, I do think if you have arthritis or other joint pain, green tea is worth a try.

A Few Notes from The Tea Lady

  • First, upon doing additional research I did find a blogger who insists that drinking Green Tea actually caused her joint pain.  While I am not convinced it is the culprit, I do acknowledge everyone has a unique reaction to any medicine.  And yes, tea is medicine.  Lesson: Give it a try but know it may not work for you.
  • Second, I reached out to my friend, who is 35 years old and already has the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis thanks to her gene pool.  She claims drinking green tea sometimes helps but weather is more of a factor in how her joints feel.  She does not drink green tea every day, nor in the amounts said to be theraputic (4 cups per day).  Lesson: if you are going to try this remedy, you need to be all in.
  • Third, as I have always told anyone who asks, I do not believe in consuming “only the good parts” of an herbal remedy.  Herbs grow as they do because that is how their maker has intended for them to be used.  As such, I found a study which stated taking just supplements of ECGC can cause liver toxicity.  WELL DUH!  Isolating out just a part of a plant, leaves Mother Natures checks and balances off kilter.  Lesson: Drink the tea, cook with it, pulse it to a powder and make smoothies with it.  DO NOT TAKE AN EXTRACT!
  • Lastly, there are many different types of Green Tea.  The flavor profile of these teas is immense.  Everything from smooth with a bitter ending to fruity to florally to grassy.   Lesson: If you try one and it doesn’t agree with you, try another and another and another until you find one you like.  
Today I leave you with an article out of the BH&G Magazine from January of 2010.  It is one of the most recent studies I have found in conjunction with Green Tea and Arthritis.  It is just a blurb and I posted this about three years ago, but I thought it was still as relevant today as it was when I posted it.


Four to six cups of green tea throughout the day may be helpful in keeping arthritis and other chronic diseases at bay.  “Globally, green tea has been studied for different ailments- Cancer, cardiovascular conditions, and more- and the results have been impressive,” says Salah-Uddin Ahmen, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of Toledo.  “We have found in experimental systems and animal models that components in green tea can inhibit certain proteins that cause disease, especially arthritis,” he says, adding that clinical trials are needed to determine if green tea and its components have similar benefits in humans.”

Copied from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine- January 2010- page 128.