Green Tea Health Tonic

Friday, January 4, 2013

When life hands you lemons, make some lemon-spiked green tea. Of course!

Tea for two

Seriously though, lemons help your body absorb much more of the antioxidant catechin found in green tea. Don't take it from me, take it from this study done at Purdue. What do catechins do? They sweep away DNA-damaging free radicals, helping prevent cancer and the common cold.

Here's a recipe for green tea with a health kick.

Green Tea Health Tonic:

1 cup brewed green tea
1 slice fresh lemon
1 tsp honey
1 dash cinnamon

You know what to do. Mix it all together. Well, you'll probably want to squeeze out the lemon juice into the tea and discard. But you know that, right? I have plans to drink this regularly and especially when I start feeling under the weather.

Such a simple drink, but here's the amazing health scoop:

Green Tea: you already know green tea is good for you. But check out this article that outlines just how good it could be for you.

Lemon: As stated above, absorbic acid (vitamin C) helps your body absorb significantly more catechins from tea. Vitamin C itself is very beneficial to your immune system. Lemon is also used as a detoxifying digestive aid and has antibacterial properties. Read more here.

Honey: has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It could also hamper the growth of food-borne pathogens. The darker the honey, the higher the antioxidant content. Honey soothing for coughs as well. Read more here.

Cinnamon: Could help regulate blood sugar levels and fight inflammation.

Did I ever tell you that my little 4-year-old son loves tea? In the winter, you'll find us poring over the selection at the grocery store and trying new flavors each week. We have lots of fun with it.

We're really digging tea at our house this season. What are your favorite flavors/brands?  

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or doctor, just an average person trying to eat and drink better. I'm simply presenting information as I have researched it, from what I consider reputable sources. Consult a professional before making any dietary changes.

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