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The secret has long been out that green tea is antioxidant-rich and packed with health-boosting benefits. Green tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis and is so beneficial to our health due to its high concentration of epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG for short. This particular antioxidant is 100 times more potent than vitamin C and 25 times more powerful than vitamin E! Studies have concluded that by drinking three to five cups of green tea a day, you can reap the immense benefits of this beverage.
Regular consumption of green tea has been linked to reducing the risk of oral, prostate, stomach, breast, and pancreatic cancer. It has also proven to reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. The caffeine and catechins (cancer-fighting antioxidants) found in green tea can also help boost your metabolism, which makes maintaining a healthy weight easier.
While the benefits of drinking green tea have been buzzing around the health and wellness world for eons, you might not have realized that green tea is actually beneficial to your oral health.
Green tea actually helps to reduce the bad bacteria in your mouth, which is often the cause of bad breath and infections. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-acid. Drinking this delicious tea will reduce the acidity in your salvia and will support gum health. Green tea is also an excellent source of fluoride, which strengthens and supports the enamel of your teeth. Stronger teeth mean fewer cavities and less of a chance of losing your teeth as you age. The antioxidants in green tea protect against cellular damage, which in turn reduces your chance of developing oral cancer.
Unlike other types of tea and coffee, green tea won’t stain your teeth!
Ready to brew up a cup of green tea?
Here are a few tips on how to master the art of making the perfect cup of green tea:
- Choose an organic green tea (loose or bag)
- Boil your water (filtered or spring is the best), but allow the water to cool a little bit before you pour it over the tea to steep
- Do not steep more than 3 to 5 minutes, as any longer will cause the taste to become bitter
- Add a little squeeze of lemon (the acid from the citrus makes the EGCG more bioavailable)
- Drink your tea slowly (it has been found that slowly sipping green tea enhances the delivery of EGCG)
Green tea contains caffeine, so it is best to drink it in the morning or early in the afternoon so that it does not affect your sleep cycle.
The term antioxidant is thrown around a lot when you hear or read about anything that relates to diet, nutrition, health, and wellness. While it is relatively common knowledge that antioxidants are important for your immune system, do you know what antioxidants really are and why are they good for your immune system and overall wellness? And where can you find antioxidants and how can you make sure that you are getting enough of them every day?
Antioxidants are molecules that stop the oxidation of other molecules. Antioxidants fight the damage that free radicals cause to our cells. Free radicals come from air pollution, rays from the sun, bacteria, cigarette smoke, alcohol intake, and other toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis or choose to expose our bodies to. When your body doesn’t have enough antioxidant-support, excessive oxidative stress can take place, which can damage your internal and external body. Free radicals are also responsible for signs of aging, cancer, inflammatory aliments, asthma, diabetes, and even dementia.
Fortunately, antioxidants are found in a delicious abundance of natural foods. The main antioxidants are vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene. Red, orange, yellow, dark greens, blue, and purple fruits and vegetables typically contain very high levels of antioxidants. This is one of the major reasons why you should “eat the rainbow.”
Beta-Carotene-rich foods include asparagus, beets, broccoli, kale, mangoes, spinach, tomatoes, watermelon, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
Vitamin C-rich foods include berries, kiwi, oranges, papaya, bell peppers, grapefruit, and snow peas.
Vitamin E-rich foods include avocado, mustard greens, pumpkin, nuts, sunflower seeds, and chard.
Are you worried that you might not be getting enough antioxidants in your daily diet or do you want to ensure that your body is always ready to fight back against the constant flood of free radicals?
Juice Plus+ Vineyard blend is packed full of the real powerhouse antioxidants. Each capsule contains concord grapes, blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, black currants, bilberries, raspberries, pomegranates, and elderberries. Are you eating bilberries and elderberries every day?
Antioxidants are key players in the fight against heart disease, neurological and mood disorders, the flu and common cold, outward signs of aging, vision degeneration, periodontal disease, infections, and inflammation. Adding Juice Plus+ Vineyard Blend to your daily routine can have significant benefits to your present and future health.
As we’ve talked about in the past, preventative healthcare is the best approach to healthcare and your diet is a major part of your preventative healthcare plan.
Talk to Dr. Blake or Honi, if you like to learn more about easy antioxidant support.