Today is part one in a series of simple lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health. Today I’d like to talk about a simple add-on.
The benefits of green tea have been well-established for over 3 thousand years. I want to summarize some of the numerous health benefits as well as provide tips on how to easily incorporate green tea into your daily ritual.
Green Tea is a non-fermented tea as opposed to black or oolong tea. The special processing of green tea retains many of its anti-oxidant properties. This wonder drink has been used in Chinese medicine for over 4 thousands years to treat a variety of ailments and to boost overall health. Modern medicine including numerous research studies also back up these tremendous benefits.
What sets green tea apart from black teas is the amount of polyphenols, specifically catechins which contain powerful anti-oxidant properties. Numerous studies have demonstrated that regular consumption of green tea: 1
Improves cardiovascular health
Contains neuroprotective properties for your brain - which might protect you from Alzheimers, Parkinsons & other neurodegenerative diseases
One of the most encouraging benefits is green tea’s ability to impact your metabolism by boosting energy and increase its fat burning capabilities. 2 If that isn’t enough, studies indicate that it might aid in the protection against type 2 diabetes. It has even been demonstrated if added onto the skin as topical ointment, it can protect against UV light and even provide anti-aging for the skin. So drinking green tea, combined with moderate exercise and a healthy diet may aid in overall improvement of your health.
Matcha, a Japanese form of green team is processed slightly differently from other types of green tea. Because it is ground up and the entire leaf is ingested, it is possible that Matcha may have higher quantities of the antioxidants and catechins including Epigallocatechin-3-gallaten which lead to even more health benefits. Matcha has 60 timers more antioxidants than spinach.
How to get more green tea into your life:
Drink green tea iced during the day. I enjoy the green teas that are infused with mango or passion fruit.
Add a few chrysanthemum flowers into your green tea and leave it in the fridge for easy access. No need for any sweetener, it’s refreshing as it is
Add Goji Berries to hot or iced green tea to increase the antioxidant value and improve the immune boosting properties
Drink it hot after a meal. It aids with digestion
Put matcha powder in a green smoothie.
Matcha Lattes. I tried one this week at a local coffee shop and it was surprisingly refreshing and energized me as I researched this article.
Matcha soft serve ice cream is absolutely delicious
Take Matcha as a supplement.
HOW TO BREW HOT GREEN TEA
Green Tea is brewed at a lower temperature than coffee or black tea in order to retain most of its anti-oxident and medicinal properties.
Place 1-2 teaspoons of green tea leaves in a teacup. Add 170°F water to the teacup. (It is around this temp when tiny bubbles start forming on the bottom of a pot of water). Allow the tea to sit for 5 minutes. If you are using tea leaves, wait until the leaves settle at the bottom of the cup, this indicates that the leaves are cooked well and that the tea is ready to drink.
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1. Prasanth MI, Sivamaruthi BS, Chaiyasut C, Tencomnao T. A Review of the Role of Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) in Antiphotoaging, Stress Resistance, Neuroprotection, and Autophagy. Nutrients. 2019 Feb 23;11(2):474. doi: 10.3390/nu11020474. PMID: 30813433; PMCID: PMC6412948.
2. Wang S, Li Z, Ma Y, Liu Y, Lin CC, Li S, Zhan J, Ho CT. Immunomodulatory Effects of Green Tea Polyphenols. Molecules. 2021 Jun 20;26(12):3755. doi: 10.3390/molecules26123755. PMID: 34203004; PMCID: PMC8234133.