Before you reach for soda, consider a cup of Green Tea. This tea packs a powerhouse health punch! Drinking Green tea is a simple step towards a healthful life-style, with anti-oxidant benefits as well as possible protection from a variety of cancers.
The chemo-protective and anti-oxidant effects of tea are a ‘hot’ research topic. Green tea has been shown to help in healing of tendinitis, (1) to slow kidney and liver damage, (2) and to be an anti-carcinogen. (3) Green tea protects against nerve damage, (4) and may be beneficial for cases of Alzheimer’s. (5) Nursing home studies of participants averaging 88 years of age revealed increased mental functioning after 3 months of daily Green Tea ingestion. (6)
Green Tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) is a powerful anti-oxidant found in green tea. (7) EGCG has been shown to protect against harmful dietary compounds such as poly-chlorinated biphenyls, PCBs. (8) Green tea helps in short-term stress situations, such as test-taking, while enhancing mental clarity and performance. (9)
Green tea can be found at your local grocer, but there’s also a popular form of green tea from Japan, called Matcha. Matcha is a bright green powdered Green Tea that is used in the lovely ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony. It’s also turning up in smoothies, and as a support for weight loss. (10) Learning to whisk up a bowl of matcha can be quite energizing!
For those who don’t care for the taste of green tea, you can still have your green tea and mask the flavor with another tea such as black tea or coffee (both also have health benefits). Another alternative is to use natural flavoring agents such as vanilla or culinary extracts like apricot oil, or other flavor extract (just two drops). A simple way to start out pro-actively helping yourself and your loved ones is to have the equivalent of just two to three cups of green tea daily. (10)
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