Detoxifying Green Teas
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope your year has gotten off to a good start. If not, and you were feeling bunged up and burned out after a few weeks of 2011, then it’s time to get the kettle on and brew yourself some tea! Detoxifying Green Teas.
Where to start? There are many teas at Local Tea Company that we can recommend you drink at this time of year to restore your energy and vitality. Today, I will concentrate on Green Tea. Again, we have many varieties to choose from, and the key is finding one that suits you. If you like the taste of a particular tea, the chances are you will drink more, so experiment till you find the tea for you.
Matcha Green Tea
You should note that Matcha is finely ground powdered green tea and is one of the healthiest beverages you can ingest. When you drink matcha, you are ingesting the whole leaf rather than an infusion of the tea leaf.
Most green tea benefits are gained from 2 components, a family of antioxidants called catechins, including EGCG (or epigallocatechin- 3 gallate), and an amino acid called L-Theanine. EGCG protects against cell damage that can result in disease. Several medical reports indicate that green tea has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. L-Theanine boosts the brain’s alpha wave levels, leading to greater mental focus and a feeling of relaxation. There is evidence that theanine also counteracts any negative behavior of caffeine.
Matcha is said to contain 10 times the antioxidants of regular green tea, and the same goes for L-Theanine content. If you cannot manage between 4 and 9 cups of regular green tea, then have 1 or 2 cups of matcha every day.
Matcha can be served in many ways; again, find what works for you. I am a juicer so blend right into my daily serving of fresh juice. You can add to your water bottle, make an iced or hot latte with soy, almond, rice milk, or drink a shot straight up. We offer a ceremonial grade of Matcha.
Green Tea Ice Cream
You can make ice cream too. Check out a previous post along with a recipe for green tea ice cream. Also, I have had customers tell me that they add matcha to their regular cuppa tea. Matcha is all good, so you need to start drinking matcha NOW.
There are some other traditional green teas you should know about. Goji Green contains the ‘superfruit’ goji berry, which also has powerful anti-oxidants.
Look out for my next blog, which will include some of our herbal teas, which also have healing properties. Time to put the kettle on; hope you are doing the same! Good health and happiness for 2011, and make sure you ‘take time for tea.’ Detoxifying Green Teas
- There are many green tea benefits. Which Green tea is Best? Our Goji Green tea is our most popular green tea. We have many other flavored green teas that people love.
- Is green tea good for you? Or, why is Green tea good for you? A combination of antioxidants and L-Theanine make green tea one of the healthiest beverages you can consume.
- What green tea good for? How much Green Tea is too much? Drink more green tea, that is the best advice!
- Is green tea caffeinated? Yes, there is caffeine in green tea. Rather than drinking decaffeinated green tea, we suggest you try an herbal, fruit, or rooibos tea. There will always be a bit of caffeine in decaffeinated tea, so beware!
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