Prevent Inflammation and Disease with Green Tea
The wonderful thing about Green Tea is how the leaves retain their biologically active nutrients from the time of harvesting to the moment you brew and then sip this liquid elixir. Green Tea contains plant nutrients (polyphenols), such as catechins and flavonoids, which function as antioxidants, helping the body to clear out free radicals, molecules that cause oxidative damage to cells. This damage creates inflammation and can lead to disease.
Cancer, Inflammation and Diabetes
One of the potent compounds in Green Tea is the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). Studies conducted on the health-protective benefits of EGCG show that people who frequently drink Green Tea have lower rates of illness, including many types of cancer. While additional research is needed to understand the mechanisms that contribute to the medicinal properties of Green Tea, EGCG supplements have been used in clinical trials to help treat certain cancers, inflammatory diseases, and diabetes.
Get the Most out of your Green Tea with these 4 Tips
There are many ways to enjoy Green Tea.
1 – Choose Quality Green Tea – The best varieties of tea will be loose leaf, organically harvested from GMO-free crops.
2 – Do Not Add Milk – To maintain the potency of the antioxidants in your tea, do not add milk, which alters the tea’s health-boosting properties.
3 – Be sure to follow the steeping directions. Steeping longer than directed can make the tea bitter. As a general rule, if you prefer a stronger tea, add more tea for the same steeping time.
4 – Use Natural Sweeteners – To sweeten, add locally sourced honey or a splash of fresh squeezed lemon, orange, or even watermelon juice.