The Benefits of Green Tea
For thousands of years, Asian cultures have enjoyed the benefits of drinking green tea. Over the past few decades, the western world has discovered these benefits and green tea has gained popularity as a hot or cold beverage. Whether you serve it up in a steaming mug or iced with a shot of your favorite juice for sweetness, you too can enjoy the health and feel-good benefits of this ancient elixir.
Green tea is available in many forms including dried leaf, tea bags, or powered. Roasted green tea serves up a rich, toasty flavor whether served hot or cold. Matcha green tea tends to be a bit more expensive, but many say it is worth it. It comes powdered and mixes into a tasty bright green drink also delicious hot or cold. Ready brewed iced green tea made with care to preserve its nutritional integrity is available at health food stores like Sprouts, Whole Foods, and Full O’ Life.
Benefits of green tea consumption are many.
Cancer prevention, better bone health, better oral health, lowered cholesterol, diminished risk of heart disease and stroke, reduced inflammation, improved brain function, and weight loss are all attributed to this refreshing tea. To attain full benefit, you need to make a conscious choice to drink it regularly, instead of sugar and chemical laden sodas or rich coffee drinks.
A recent study at the University of Basel Switzerland found that green tea can actually help boost your brain power, especially the working memory. Drinking green tea for a 3:00 p.m. pick-me-up turns out to be a much better choice over coffee or any other caffeinated beverage.