The health benefits of green tea date back thousands of years. It has been consumed in India and China and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally, but has only recently gained popularity in the US. Tea is considered the most consumed beverage in the world behind water, however 78% of the tea consumed worldwide is black and only about 20% is green.
All types of tea except herbal tea are brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. The level of oxidation of the leaves determines the type of tea.
Green tea is made from un-oxidized leaves and is the least processed type of tea and therefore contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols.
Unsweetened brewed green tea is a zero calorie beverage. The caffeine contained in a cup of tea can vary according to length of infusing time and the amount of tea infused.
In general, green tea contains a relatively small amount of caffeine (approximately 20-45 milligrams per 8 oz cup), compared with black tea which contains about 50 milligrams and coffee with 95 milligrams per cup.2
Green tea is considered one of the world's healthiest drinks and contains the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea. The natural chemicals called polyphenols in tea are what are thought to provide its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects.
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most studied and bioactive polyphenol in tea and has been shown to be the most effective at eliminating free radicals.
Try this antioxidant-rich green tea shake that an energy boost in this refreshing blend of melon, spinach, and cucumber. It will also help you shed excess water and rid your body of toxins.
Makes 16 ounces
• 1 cup spinach
• 1/2 cucumber, seeded and peeled
• 1 cup honeydew melon, cubed
• 1 cup organic green tea
• 1/2 lemon
Juice the lemon on a manual citrus juicer. Combine the juice with all of the remaining ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
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