WIN-ning Wednesday: Green Tea

A cup of green tea a day will keep the doctor away!

Over the last few years, green tea has garnered a lot of attention.  Once again, a traditional drink, which as been part of the Asian culture for thousands of years, is being studied and found to be of great benefit.

Green tea contains a very high concentration of phytonutrients, known as flavonoids (specifically, catechins), which are even more powerful antioxidant agents than Vitamin C and E.  Antioxidants are so important because they are used by the body to heal damage, reduce inflammation and keep the cells in our body strong.  Damaged cells and inflammation are precursors for cancer, heart disease, arthritis, autoimmune conditions and other degenerative diseases.

It is believed that because of this rich amount of flavonoid content, this may be the reason why drinking green tea has been scientifically linked to a decrease in a number of different types of cancers: skin, breast, lung, colon, bladder and esophageal.

Also, green tea is a very powerful liver detoxifier.  It helps to support the liver’s ability to filter harmful chemicals out of our body.  Furthermore, green tea has been shown to help support healthy cholesterol levels and reduce the incidence of high blood pressure.

Studies have found that drinking 2-3 cups of green tea a day can have a therapeutic benefit.

I like to drink it freshly brewed organic green tea from a tea bag.  Green tea can be made from loose tea leaves, too, for all those tea purists out there.  🙂  
Freshly brewed green tea will have the highest level of the beneficial phytonutrients mentioned compared to ready to drink teas or instant green tea drinks.

Green tea can be an acquired taste for some people, so if the tea tastes too strong… adding a little bit of raw unpasturized honey may help it be more palatable.

Bottoms up!

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