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Seeing Green: The Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is a centuries-old hot or cold beverage, known in many cultures for its healing and medicinal properties.  Tea was first cultivated in China and India and is available in three main varieties – green, black, and oolong.  It is the second most widely-consumed beverage in the world (water is first).

Health benefits of green tea

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Although Western medicine tends to pass out pharmaceuticals as a means to treating an ailment or a condition, other parts of the world prefer a more natural method.

Green tea has long been used by Chinese and Indian doctors as a diuretic, a stimulant, and an astringent. 

It is widely known to promote digestion, improve mental processes and regulate body temperature.  In the United States, it is often marketed as a weight loss product. 

Green tea contains compounds with antioxidant properties that fight damage caused by free radicals.  Antioxidants make blood vessels more flexible, helping to keep them from clogging.  Green tea contains a concentrated amount of epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a powerful antioxidant, which is not found in black or oolong teas due to the fermentation of the tea leaves.

There is an ever-growing body of evidence that suggests green tea may help treat the following conditions and diseases:

•    High Cholesterol
•    Liver Disease
•    Diabetes
•    Atherosclerosis
•    Inflammatory Bowel Disease
•    Cancer – lung, breast, ovarian, skin, stomach, prostate, bladder, pancreatic, esophageal, colorectal

It’s clear that green tea has many healthful benefits – and consider this:  an article from the University of Maryland Medical Center claims that “studies also show that drinking green tea is associated with reduced risk of dying from any cause.” 1


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Now that's quite a benefit!



  [1] http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/green-tea-000255.htm#ixzz1tdy5SaxI

 

Green Tea Recipes

Green tea is so good for you, why not enjoy it in a delicious smoothie?

greenblender.jpgBerry Green Smoothie

Ingredients

1 ½ cups green tea (chilled) – make with six tea bags
2 cups frozen mixed berries
1 slice banana
3 tbsp honey

Preparation

Blend until smooth.


 

 

 

Peaches & Tea Smoothie

Ingredients

1 peach (large), pitted and sliced
½ banana
1 cup green tea (chilled)
½ cup ice cubes
1 tbsp honey

Preparation

Blend until smooth.

Green Tea & Ice Cream Smoothie

Ingredients

½ cup vanilla ice cream
1 cup green tea (chilled)
½ cup honeydew melon
½ banana

Preparation

Blend the tea, banana, and honeydew melon until somewhat smooth.  Add ice cream and blend until completely smooth.

 

Almond Berry Green Tea Smoothie


Ingredients

¾ cup green tea (chilled) – make with two green tea bags
3 ice cubes
2 cups frozen blueberries
1 ½ cups vanilla yogurt
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
2 tbsp whole almonds (dry roasted, unsalted)
   
Preparation
Blend until smooth.

Mango & Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients

2/3 cup green tea (chilled) – make with one tea bag
½ cup mango (cubed)
2 cups ice
lime juice (from one wedge of lime)

Preparation
Blend until smooth.

Ultra Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients

1 ½ cups green tea, chilled (make with two tea bags)
3 cups frozen white grapes
1 medium ripe avocado
2 packed cups baby spinach
2 tsp honey

Preparation
Blend until smooth.




Jennifer Cebulak

Research Editor

 

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