There are so many different ways to get your tea fix, but what’s the best way? Let’s take a look at how to unlock the true potential of your green tea.
There’s nothing like a hot cup of green tea to get you through a long stressful day. It has a way of providing energy, soothing the soul, and refreshing your spirits.
Green tea has been used for millenniums in Asia as a potent tonic for its health benefits.
It is made from leaves that are unfermented, which gives it higher polyphenol antioxidant content than most teas.
Recently, researchers from the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, Spain had a very surprising find in their study.
The researchers found that a chemical EGCG in green tea may help treat down syndrome. The researchers wrote: “EGCG and cognitive training for 12 months was significantly more effective than placebo and cognitive training at improving visual recognition memory, inhibitory control, and adaptive behaviour. Phase 3 trials with a larger population of individuals with Down’s syndrome will be needed to assess and confirm the long-term efficacy of EGCG and cognitive training.”
Another 2015 Penn State study found that ECGC may kill oral cancer cells.
The beauty of green tea is that its benefits extend to many areas of health.
A study from the University of Basel found that green tea extract significantly enhances cognitive function, especially the working memory. “Our findings suggest that green tea might increase the short-term synaptic plasticity of the brain,” Professor Borgwardt, the lead author explained.
But wait, there’s more. A 2014 study from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences showed that green tea can help boost weight loss efforts. According to the authors, there are three ingredients in green tea that help promote weight loss: Catechins, caffeine and theanine. These compounds work together to block the enzymes responsible for storing fats in the body. Green tea is also very low in calories.
So what is the best way to get your green tea? Bottled? Decaf? Brewed?
According to an analysis of teas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), brewed green tea outclasses any other type in flavonoid content with 180 mg of EGCG per cup. In comparison, decaf only contains 60 mg and bottled contains 10 mg.
So it looks like brewed it the way to go!
Check out this handy guide below on how to brew the perfect cup of tea.
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