The Power of Green Tea

A cup of green tea is a good way to start your day!

In the past 20 years, thousands of studies have shown green tea’s benefits. Why is green tea so good for you? It's all about the catechin content. Catechins are  antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea is not processed much before it is poured in your cup, so it is rich in catechins. Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review of many studies have shown that green tea helped prevent a range of heart related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure. What's good for the heart is almost always good for the brain. In one Swiss study, MRIs reveal that people who drank green tea had greater activity in the working memory area of the brain. Green tea has also been shown to block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer's disease.

What's more is that green tea also seems to keep blood sugar stable in people with diabetes. We are well aware that catechins lower blood pressure and because of this, they can protect against that damage of a high-fat diet. Green tea can help increase and even change your metabolism, so you burn more calories from fat. Additional studies show that green tea can also help you keep weight off once you have worked so hard to loose it! Make the switch from high fat sugary sodas and the high calorie mocha lattes and go for a cup of delicious, soothing and soul satisfying green tea. Making that simple switch to green tea will over the course of a year, save you over 50,000 calories, That's more than 15 pounds!

Here's a few tips on how t make the perfect cup of green tea:
Don't add green tea to boiling water. You'll kill helpful catechins. Better: 160-170 degree water.
  • Add lemon. Vitamin C makes the healthy compounds in green tea easier to absorb. Dairy, on the other hand, makes it harder to absorb the catechins.
  • Levels of the healthful compounds in green tea can vary. Rule of thumb: Pricier teas usually have more, and canned green-tea drinks have less.

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