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Health Benefits of Green Tea and Peach Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

Posted Nov 12 2009 10:04pm
drinking green tea every day has its benefits
Green tea has been a staple in China for centuries. They may not have known all of the specific health benefits of drinking it, but they must have known something was good about it. The western hemisphere is now increasingly finding out about it. Green tea is now being sold at grocery stores everywhere. There are also all different brands on the market. You can choose from Chinese brands to even Lipton or Kroger brands.

Green tea gets its color from its very short fermentation process of the Camellia sinensis leaves. Green tea is very high in flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that protect us from free radicals. One of these is EGCG.  These free radicals can damage cells and cause diseases including Diabetes and cancer.  Green tea's unique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) regulates and inhibits cancer growth and kills cells that are growing inappropriately.

"I believe in green tea based on everything written about it," says Katherine Tallmadge, RD, LD, a nutritionist and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "Green tea, white tea, black tea -- I like all of them."

Some health benefits of green tea:
• Raises metabolism levels
• Strengthens the immune system
• Lowers the risk of developing Diabetes, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease
• Helps regulate blood sugar levels
• Helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels

It is recommended to drink up to 4 cups of green tea a day to get its full benefits.  Most green teas may seem to be a little more bitter than other teas so add a little sweetener if desired.  Green tea sold in stores can be found for the same price as regular tea.

I drink at least one cup of Lipton Decaffeinated Green Tea a day.  Unlike most people I don't add anything, even sugar, to my tea at all.  I like it the way it is.  I do seem to "feel" better after drinking green tea and I intend to keep on drinking.  Here’s to discovering a simple way to be healthier in addition to a good diet and exercise.

Peach Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

1 large peach, sliced and pitted
1/2 a banana
1 Green Tea tea bag
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 tbsp honey

Directions:  Brew 1/2 cup of green tea and chill with ice cubes or brew 1 cup of green tea and chill in refrigerator. Next blend the green tea, banana, and peaches until smooth while adding honey for sweetness. Enjoy a healthy green tea smoothie.

Do you drink green tea?  Do you have any green tea recipes?
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