Just about any Top 10 list of healthy eating and drinking habits includes drinking green tea. Is it on yours? Some reasons why you may want to include it in your healthy living plan are these:
- It helps lower cholesterol
- It control blood sugar
- It’s a warrior in our fight against heart disease, even some cancers.
As you sip, you’re imbibing catechins, which are polyphenols containing strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties. The more catechins, the better. In one 6-ounce cup, you’ll take in between 50 and 100 mg of catechins. Drink a couple cups a day and you’ve easily boosted your catechins intake.
As if the benefits above aren’t enough of a come-on to start your green tea habit, consider what Dr. David Juan had to say in his two-part article, “One More Look at This Superpower Drink” Dr. Juan, give it to us straight!
“… preliminary evidence suggests that drinking green tea may have the following influences on your body:
- Reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Increase in the density of your bones, helping prevent osteoporosis
- Reduction of stress
- Protection of skin from UV radiation
- Treatment of human papillomavirus cervical lesions
- Prevention of both cold and flu
- Improvement of cognitive function
- Strengthening of your gums and prevention of gum disease
- Increase in blood pressure in older adults who suffer from hypotension
- Treatment of genital warts.”
How’s that for benefit-rich?
Then, there’s this: Green tea can also increase the thermogenesis, which means you’ll burn more calories, and faster.So, in a real sense, drinking green tea aids in weight loss.
It’s the immune support green tea offers that brought me to the tea aisle of our local organic food co-op. We’re fast barreling into another cold and flu season, so like a warm winter coat protects against the wintry elements, green tea protects against bad bug invasion from the inside. “A single cup of Green Tea provides more antioxidant support than a serving of broccoli or strawberries,” says Yogi teamakers, on the back of their box.
Yogi makes a bevy of teas, including several green tea varieties, both organic and natural teas. The green tea and pomegranate tea in the picture isn’t labeled organic, but all ingredients except one are.
Yogi tells its customers that they think before they blend. Pretty good choices, these two antioxidant superstars! Better Nutrition Magazine (November 2009) says, “…the only fruit rich in all three major antioxidants: tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid.” Besides, pomegranate packs a worthy dose of Vitamins A, C and E, some folic acid, and potassium. And besides all that, green tea and pomegranate tastes good! It’s my mid-afternoon beverage of choice.
But if green tea isn’t your cup of tea, happily, you can buy it in supplements.