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Green tea originates from Asian countries, but has been proven to have many health benefits. According to Wikipedia, a survey released by the United States Department of Agriculture in 2007 found that Green Tea contains flavonoids-- a group of phytochemicals in most plant products that are responsible for such health effects as anti-oxidative and anti-carcinogenic functions.
Green Tea and Health
According to Web MD, studies have shown that Green Tea may:
- Aid in lowering cholesterol,
- Serve as a fat burner
- Help Prevent Diabetes
- Reduce Risk of Stroke
- Ward of Dementia
According to the Matcha Green tea blog, Matcha green tea is grown only in Japan and some parts of China. It is used by the ancient Japanese to help them with meditation and focus. The ingredient in the green tea, "L-theanine" helps you stay relaxed.
Matcha green tea comes from the same plant as black tea and green tea, however the unique growing and processing makes it very different in flavor and health benefits--it is picked and processed by hand to ensure only the best leaves are used for the tea. The tea leaves are grown under shade for the last stage of their growth cycle which helps bring huge amounts of chlorophyll to the leaves, making them a dark vibrant green (and filled with nutrients).
Therefore, Matcha Green Tea is VERY high in anti-oxidants, in fact it has 137 times the amount of antioxidants as regular green tea and by weight it has more antioxidants than many of the “super fruits”. It is also said to boost metabolism and help reduce cholesterol levels when drank regularly.
Green Tea Recipes Instead of Soda
In the summer, why not try Green Tea instead of soda to quench your thirst?
Honey Citrus Green Tea
Courtesy of IrvineHousewife from All Recipes.Com!
- 1 (2 inch) piece lemon zest, cut into thin slivers
- 2 teaspoons boiling water
- 2 teaspoons green tea powder
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey