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My go-to green teas:

  • Yamamotoyama Green Tea- $1.50-$2 for a box of 16. Found online or any Asian grocery store

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  • Ito En/Kirkland Signature Green Tea – $14.49 for box of 100. Costco.

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  • Yamamotoyama Genmai-cha Green Tea with Roasted Barley – $1.50-$2.

Caffeine content: Equivalent to 1/4 cup of coffee

How much to drink: 2-3 cups a day

Green tea is one of those things where we all know we should drink more often, but don’t. Just how good is green tea for you? It may just be the healthiest thing you can drink…

Health Benefits: 

  • High in antioxidants
  • Green tea is the best food source for a flavonoid group called catechins. Catechins have been shown to be more effective than vitamin C and vitamin E in stopping oxidative damage to the cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties.
  • Green tea consumption is linked with reduced risk of skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder cancer.
  • Green tea contains l-theonine, which reduces cortisol levels (stress hormones) and promotes relaxation
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Increase metabolism

Green Tea vs. Heart Disease

The antioxidants in green tea can help block the oxidation of bad cholesterol (LDL), increase good cholesterol (HDL) and improve artery function.

  • A Chinese study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed a 46%-65% reduction in hypertension risk in regular consumers of oolong or green tea, compared to non-consumers of tea.
  • A study published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, found that drinking at least two cups of tea a day reduced the risk of dying from a heart attack by 44%. This finding was linked to green and black tea, but not to herbal teas.

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Green Tea and Weight Loss

One of the catechins in green tea is EGCG. A study by Tufts University discovered that the high content of EGCG found in green tea led to a reduction in belly fat. EGCG is believed to increase metabolism.

Tips:

  • For the most nutritional value, go for organic, loose leaf tea.
  • Always drink fresh tea. Bottled tea does not have the same antioxidant content as fresh brewed tea.

Warnings:

  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Your stomach will be in pain just like if you pound a grande coffee without eating breakfast.
  • Drink in moderation. Tea like coffee, dehydrates the body, and drinking too much without rehydrating yourself can have adverse effects on your body. I had a friend who took the green tea thing a bit too seriously and pounded cups of it non-stop while at work. Pretty soon she had bad headaches, her body felt really off, and she started acting a bit loopy. No bueno.

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