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Benefits of Green Tea for Detox

     Green tea, (Camellia Sinensis), is one of those wonderful drinks that can be enjoyed hot or cold.  There's nothing like the warm, grassy smell wafting through the air from a steaming cup of hot green tea on a cold, rainy day.  It is equally delicious poured over ice on a hot, summer day with a squeeze of lemon or lime to add a little zing.  And the really good news is all the wonderful health benefits of green tea you receive in return.  Why is green tea good for you?  It's loaded with antioxidant flavonoids which fight cell-damaging free radicals.  Green tea has also been shown to lower heart disease risk by lowering bad cholesterol, boosting metabolism rates, strengthening the immune system, and may even help to prevent some types of cancer.  So why not drink a cup or two of green tea per day. It certainly can't hurt, and may help to protect your long term overall health with its amazing nutrients.

     Green tea has been recognized in other countries for centuries as a powerful medicinal aid.  It is known as the magical elixir.  Green tea is a wonderful detox for cleansing the body from impurities and toxic substances. Most of its benefits come from water-soluble polyphenols, also known as catechins, extracted from the green tea leaves by steeping in hot water for approximately five minutes.  When steeped too long, tannins are released and sometimes produce a bitter tasting tea.  As shown below, it is beneficial to nearly every organ system in the body.







Liver protective

Blood vessel cleanser

Stress relieving


     Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but yet enough to have an effect without giving you a bad case of the jitters.  Some people find it to be a more stable energy than with the highs and lows you sometimes get with coffee.

     The amino acid, L-theanine, in green tea helps to reduce stress.  Who can't use a little stress reduction in today's fast-paced world.

     The most powerful antioxidant in green tea is Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG).  Although there are other antioxidants in green tea, EGCG is attributed to being the main reason for green tea's powerful medicinal qualities.

     Green tea is known for boosting the metabolic rate.  Higher metabolism increases fat burning and assists with weight loss.  Anything that can help with weight loss is definite plus.

     Green tea helps to prevent heart disease and stroke by reducing bad cholesterol levels and cleaning the blood vessels.

     Many studies have been done on the effects of green tea and the successful prevention of various types of cancer.

     So go ahead and help yourself to a delicious cup of green tea