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The Skinny On: Green Tea

Green Tea is so good for you. But do you have any idea why?

The reason lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG. HUH? Basically EGCG is a powerful antioxidant that lowers LDL cholesterol levels and inhibits the abnormal formation of blood clots. Ahhh... but there is more.

Drink it to keep your mind sharp. A 2006 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that elderly Japanese people who drank more than 2 cups of green tea per day had a 50% lower chance of having cognitive impairment than those who drank less or who consumed other tested beverages.

For another reason to drink green tea

Drink it if you smoke, though if you smoke you should ultimately quit. In May 2006, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine pointed to what they called an "Asian paradox," which refers to lower rates of heart disease and cancer in Asia despite high rates of cigarette smoking.

Fit's Tip: Stick to green tea if you are looking to tea for its health benefits because all teas are not created equal. Why? Well, green tea leaves are steamed, which allows the EGCG to be preserved. Most other tea leaves are fermented and the fermentation process destroys the EGCG.

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ReRe ReRe 9 years
I love Tea, but Green Tea is my number #1!!! I knew it was healthy but didn't know the reason why.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
this boosts my concentration more than coffee!!! :o i drink LOTS of green tea everyday, and by saying LOTS i mean A LOT
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
yay love it :D
Genie Genie 10 years
I drink teacuppa green tea everyday! :D love it ~ Genie ~
shy_baby shy_baby 10 years
I love green tea, no milk or sugar. However as I learnt recently, do not drink it on an empty stomach. Say it with me: DIARRHEA Love: 1 Corinthians 13
mmtoto mmtoto 10 years
green tea is goodddddd! i love it.
stone_soup stone_soup 10 years
I drink it everyday instead of coffee. And it really helps. ____________________________________ Don't tick me off. Or you'll get it.
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
It is good.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
I discovered Green tea when I was in Thailand a few years ago and another benefit is that it surpresses your hunger which is why I usually drink it around midday or mid-afternoon.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I drank some green tea when I was preggo, when my stomach could handle it. Green tea is better for you than coffee when preggo. But if you can do without, I'd go without. Caffeine sure will come in handy after the baby come though. I jumped back on the bean after number 2 came. Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy.
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
I loved the green tea fraps at starbucks... but u cant have green tea while pregs
MissRobinson MissRobinson 10 years
Yay for green tea. People, you should only buy fair trade Green Tea! I just learned about it today, and I from now on am only buying fair trade teas!!
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