Get the Most Out of Your Green Tea Benefits

Reviewed: March 05, 2015
By eHealthIQ
Get the Most Out of Your Green Tea Benefits

Even though it would be an exaggeration to say that green tea is a miracle drink, it has a lot of health benefits. According to WebMD, drinking one to two cups of green tea instead of one soda everyday, for an entire year, you would save over fifty thousand calories. That, coupled with the antioxidants found in green tea and its low level of caffeine already makes it worth drinking. “It’s the healthiest thing I can think of to drink,” says Christopher Ochner, PhD, a research scientist from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. Research shows that green tea can:

  • improve blood flow and lower cholesterol
  • prevent Alzheimer’s disease
  • fight cancer
  • improve memory
  • slow the aging process
  • stabillize blood sugar for those with diabetes
  • lower blood pressure

Green tea’s biggest asset is its high concentrations of catechin, an antioxidant that is responsible for many of the benefits listed above. But even though there is a lot of catechin in green tea, it can be hindered or even destroyed by different methods of preparation. When making green tea make sure you:

Wait for the water to stop boiling before putting the tea leaves in. Too hot water can damage the catchin. Ideal water temperature is 160 to 170 degrees

Put a lemon in with the tea. Vitamin C from the lemon works with the catechin to make it easier for the body to absorb. Dairy, on the other hand, will make it harder for the body to absorb the catechin.

Remember as well that you get what you pay for. Arizona green tea and other canned green tea won’t have as many benefits as bagged green tea leaves or loose leaf tea. According to Vitalife , the best kind of green tea is Matcha, which is grown using methods that help boost the nutrition in each tea leaf and is then ground on traditional-style stone mills into a powder before being bagged. The fineness of the Matcha tea makes more of the nutrients dissolve in the water. Other beneficial kinds of green tea include gyokuro and schincha. But even longjing, the kind of green tea typically found in supermarkets, has high concentrations of catechin and can be very beneficial

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