Top5 – Green Tea

 ~Green Tea~

 You are so green. You look so fresh in my glass.

I know you’re healthy but it can be a challenge to drink you ~ because you taste like grass.

Flavonoids:

Flavonoids are a group of compounds found widely in plants. There are thousands of flavonoids identified to date.

Flavonoids exhibit many beneficial biological functions such as: anti-inflammation, anti-liver toxicity, anti-oxidation, anti-allergic, anti-viral and anti-cancer.

They’re anti-bad shit. Flavonoid Task Force!

Green tea is made by first gently steaming freshly cut tea leaves in order to preserve their freshness and prevent the oxidation that occurs when they’re otherwise left to dry and wither.

The leaves are then rolled and dried, loaded with flavonoids, specifically the catechins.

Top 5 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

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1. Because it protects the “bad” cholesterol from being oxidized.

An excess of Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL) in the blood; which carry cholesterol from the liver to the cells, can promote heart disease.

Green tea protects LDL from being oxidized.

What IS oxidation? Ever seen a rusty tin roof? Smelt bad wine? Seen a mouldy bit growing on the side of a peach?

That’s what happens when the gaining of an oxygen molecule to a compound results in an oxide.

It goes bad, basically. Want even badder bad cholesterol stuck to your artery walls? Erm, me neither.

2. It is protective against cancer development.

In both animal and human studies, the catechins in green tea have been shown to inhibit tumour growth and green tea consumption is associated with a lower incidence of certain cancers.

3. It contains L-theanine.

L-theanine promotes an alert, but relaxed state of mind.

This is the cuppa to reach for at 3pm if you’re in for a late night – not an instant coffee or diet cola! Seriously, I “used” green tea as an alert-promoter in a recent University assignment crunchy night. I was amazed at how switched on yet calm I was.

A much better option for those who are sensitive to the stimulating affects of caffeine, although it does have a caffeine content. Be mindful of this when having a buzzy day or if you drink it too close to bedtime.

4. It supports the detoxifying processes of the liver.

One of the best ways we can help our liver do its job is to flush it with anti-oxidants.

So drink green tea!

5. It replaces black tea and/or coffee from your daily cuppa intake.

Reducing your cuppa intake is hard, I know. I like black tea. I prefer a strong Earl Grey first thing. And I love coffee; I hanker after a latte mid morning.

But in between, if I were to drink all the additional black teas and lattes I actually wanted to, I’d be wired!

So I mix it up. I opt for dandelion tea when I fancy a coffee and I choose a Rooibos when I care for an English Breakfast.

And at least once a day I choose a green tea. My favourites are the milder blends such as green tea with jasmine or lemongrass.

Sencha and Oolong are a little too robust for my taste buds, but I do drink them, usually steeped for only a minute and with a smidge of honey.

My rule on a good (alert Mummy) day is 1 x black tea and 1 x coffee and the rest to be herbal.

On a bad (sleepy Mummy) day I allow myself an additional black tea in the afternoon, but not after 4pm. I’d choose green tea after then. But not anywhere near bedtime.

The making of tea involves at least a cup of water. So drinking herbal teas can also be included as part of your daily water intake.

If the taste of green tea irks you, start with something easier on the tasetbuds, as I do – the blended varieties, but please read the label carefully as many are blended with fruity and colourful additive shit.

Green tea can also be left to cool and then mixed with lime, mint leaves and sparkling water or organic apple juice.

~Yours,  K180

Comments

  1. Exactly that – I wanna drink it but blergh! I have a whole bunch of herbal teas in the cupboard, courtesy of my mother visiting…maybe I should visit those. I like the idea of it cold with lime etc…I don’t drink tea or coffee so would prob go a cold drink before a hot one :)

    • Hi Leanne,
      You can mix teas to enhance (or mask!) their flavour. Try green + something fruity or maybe peppermint. Put two tea bags into a large cup or a pot. Why not??

  2. T2 Gorgeous Geisha brewed cold in the fridge = the bomb! I’ve only discovered it recently but I could happily drink it all day.

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