Green tea for optimum health

Posted By on January 2, 2011

Anyone living in modern society can benefit from the antioxidants in green tea. Antioxidants help the body protect itself from toxic damage and help the body function at optimal levels. Green Tea contains a group of constituents known as polyphenols which have a powerful antioxidant effect in the body. In Japan, where they consume an average of 3 to 10 cups of tea per day, they have a much lower incidence of cancer. Studies have found that it is particularly helpful with breast and prostate cancer. These polyphenols also have a powerful effect on the brain, protecting it from toxic damage due to heavy metals.

It is also a wonderful alternative to coffee for mental alertness and energy. The caffeine content in a cup of green tea is about one-third the amount in a cup of coffee, so you get the boost without the jitters. The antioxidants in the green tea also help enhance the functioning of the liver, helping us to better detoxify and eliminate toxins we create in our body and absorb in our environment. These toxins can cause inflammation in our body which green tea can help reduce, increasing our flexibility and decreasing pain.

Three cups of green tea per day is an ideal amount to aid in overall health. The best way to brew the tea is to pour hot water over the green tea and to steep it for at least 5 minutes. When you make your next cup, steep a new bag plus the old bag, then use the back of your spoon to press out your first tea bag. This will increase your extraction of polyphenols.

You can also purchase green tea in liquid extract form and in capsules. Look for an 80% polyphenol count or a daily dose of polyphenols around 300 mg approximately equal to 3 cups of tea.

Green Tea is an acquired taste so it is fine to mix your tea with honey or stevia. It is also delicious with mint and lemon or the classic jasmine combination. There is a wide array of choices in the tea aisle to suit your taste.

Green tea contains caffeine so those who are extremely sensitive to caffeine should use it early in the day to avoid sleeplessness. For more information about the history of green tea, how it works in the body and it’s weight loss connection read Amanda’s article on Green Tea.

Latin name: Camellia sinensis

Energetics: bitter and cool

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