Drinks That Rock: Green Tea

Green tea is a legendary drink, native to Asian culture, with the proven ability to keep you disease free.

 

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Though Western culture tends to have a preference for black tea, green tea and black tea come from the same source but the way they are made makes a huge difference in the quality and power they possess.

Origins 

Green tea and black tea are derived from the Camellia sinensis bush, but while black tea is fermented, green tea is steamed while the leaves are still fresh. As a result, more of the antioxidants remain in green tea. These antioxidants work to stifle the effects of cancer-causing free radicals and slow down the process of aging. Antioxidants in green tea outshine even those found in the average vegetable. Green tea is also low in caffeine, so you can drink more of it without the jitters caffeine tends to cause.

More Praise for Green Tea 

Weapon in Cancer Prevention – Green tea defends the body against cancer itself and then works like a backup reinforcement in chemotherapy treatments. What cancer cells chemotherapy misses or that become unresponsive to chemotherapy and drugs, green tea can reactivate and get those cells to cooperate with further treatment. Drinking lots of green team makes cancer patients more likely to win their battle with cancer and less likely to rebound with the disease. Green tea works best at fighting oral, stomach, skin, breast, prostate and colon cancers.

Weight Loss Aid – Green tea revs up your metabolism and helps your body burn fat quickly.

Fights Bacteria and Disease – Drinking green tea is enough to kill disease-causing bacteria and save you from annoying conditions like diarrhea, gingivitis and other dental problems, and even fatal diseases that come from bacterial infections like E. coli. Not only do the antioxidants in green tea fight bacteria, they also flush out toxins and poisons in the body that could cause disease – especially liver disease.

Heart Disease and Stroke Defense – Heart attacks, congestive heart failure and strokes are largely the result of stagnated blood flow back and forth from the heart to the rest of the body. Green tea keeps cholesterol levels down, prevents plaque buildup in your arteries and keeps blood flowing smoothly – all of which aid in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Osteoporosis Defense – Probably no other culture is more known for drinking tea than the British. They splurge on green and black tea consumption, and as a result have remarkably strong bones. Other poor lifestyle choices that could cause weakened bones, such as smoking, are practically rendered powerless in the face of green tea; bones remain strong. Therefore, green tea combined with strength training or regular exercise could prevent fractures that are common in old age.

Add honey and lemon to your next cup of green tea to make its effects stronger and the flavor so much more delicious. Drink up!

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