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5 reasons to brew up some green tea, from fighting fat to improving memory

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Green tea is a superstar when it comes to simple ways to enhance your diet and health. It's been shown in various studies to provide benefits ranging from burning fat to boosting your memory. Now a new study examining tea products is providing more insights into what makes green tea so powerful, reported the Houston Chronicle on Dec. 26.

Conducted by Consumer Lab, the study measured levels of epigallocatechin gallate in more than two dozen green tea products. Only three failed to live up to the promise on the label, showing that "drinking green tea is a healthy choice," said Mark Blumenthal, founder of the American Botanical Council.

And what this new analysis emphasizes: It's important to either brew your own green tea or choose a reputable brand of supplement or bottled green tea to ensure that you're getting your full dose of benefits.

Here are five reasons and five ways to enjoy green tea:

  • Fight fat: A study showed that adults who drank two servings of green tea daily for three months lost weight, fat and inches from their waistlines. For a delicate, flavorful blend, try Kirkland Signature Ito En Matcha Blend Japanese Green Tea Leaves (click for details).
  • Boost memory: A compound in green tea (EGCG) stimulates neuron growth in the part of your brain related to memory. For a fruity, spicy tea, try Stash Tea Company Ginger Peach Green Tea (click for details).
  • Reduce your risk of digestive system cancers: A study showed women who drank three or more cups of green tea had a reduced risk of this type of cancer. For a sweet, creamy flavor in your tea, try adding unsweetened almond or coconut milk.
  • Reduce blood sugar spikes: Cut those blood sugar spikes caused by starchy foods in half by drinking green tea with that toast or cookie. For full-flavored green tea, try Stash Tea Company Premium Green Tea.
  • Reduce heart disease risk: Researchers discovered that green tea consumption is associated with reduced mortality due to all causes, including cardiovascular disease, in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Longing for something sweet? Try a cup of chai green tea, such as Yogi Chai Green Tea (click for details).
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