|March 31, 2020|
In this issue of our newsletter:
The Simple Drink!
That Fights Cancer, Heart Disease,
Colds, even Cavities!
You know that green tea is good for you. But did you know that green tea and black teas help ward off many types of cancer fight heart disease and colds, even prevents cavities? A Chinese emperor first touched the health benefits of green tea more than 4,000 years ago. Here’s what the latest scientific research shows...
What Tea Helps?
Green and black teas are made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. The leaves contain Catechins, antioxidants that block the action of free radicals (harmful molecules).
The most powerful catechins are epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). A study conducted at the University of Shizuoka in Japan showed that the antioxidant power of (EGCG) in green tea was 200 times stronger than that of vitamin E, another antioxidant.
Green tea is made from fresh, young, leaves, which are steamed right away to preserve catechins and then dried. Black tea contains about half the catechins as green tea because it undergoes more processing before leaves are dried.
The health benefits of catechins in tea include...
How much tea?
Aim for four cups of green tea or six cups of black tea daily. Expensive teas may taste better, but they don’t necessarily provide more health benefits. Brew tea for three minutes to ensure the release of antioxidants. Longer steeping only produces more tannin which tastes bitter.
Iced tea yields the same benefits, but antioxidants degrade with time, so drink the tea soon after brewing. Tea contains less caffeine than coffee-up to 30mg per cup of green tea. The process that removes caffeine from tea does not interfere with its health benefits.
Alternative try: Try caffeine-free green tea capsules, available at health food stores. Look for brand that is organic, free of preservatives and has an expiration date to ensure freshness. The usual does is two 250-mc capsules daily.
For your better health!
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