Green Tea and its Fabulousness

Tuesday, 5 March 2013
When you brag about something then usually whatever it is you're bragging about goes away. Oh well. Here goes: I didn't get a flu shot this year and I haven't gotten sick.

Any medical professional will roll their eyes at this because I have asthma. High risk folks are supposed to get flu shots but I never do. Instead, I drink two cups of green tea almost every day. I believe in the power of its antioxidants (for me) and I also buy into the research that says green tea helps burn fat.

(I usually buy Bigelow Organic because Sam's Club sells it in the huge boxes. How very capitalistic of me.)

Yes, green tea is an acquired taste but if you can get used to it, there are some proven health benefits. As Julie Edgar wrote in a WebMD article, "It's difficult not to gush about green tea."

My dear grandmother got me hooked on green tea. She drinks it (as well as many other varieties of tea) and believes in the health benefits of teas and herbs. I think THE BEST green tea is "oriental style" green tea and it can be difficult to find in Knoxville, Tennessee. Luckily I brought a bit back with me from Japan.

From the WebMD article: Green tea's antioxidants, called catechins, scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA and contribute to cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis. Grapes and berries, red wine, and dark chocolate also have potent antioxidants.

Red wine and dark chocolate - perhaps we should add those to the diet too - just in smaller doses. :)

1 comment

Jessica Collins said...

That's awesome that you haven't been sick with your green tea habit! Squeeze a bit of lemon in your tea and you'll absorb even more catechins: