Organic Green Tea For Health and Vitality

November 24, 2008 by  
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There may not be any one single “superfood” that will cure every disease and health problem under the sun, but green tea comes close. Organic green tea is the best kind to get when possible, as this comes from tea plants that have not been sprayed with any toxic substances. You can take organic green tea as a refreshing hot beverage, as people have done in China, Japan and other parts of Asia for centuries, where the health benefits of tea have long been recognized. Or you can get your green tea from an extract or capsule. You can even include some organic green tea powder with your favorite smoothie recipe to give it an extra nutritional boost.

 

Health Benefits of Organic Green Tea

Green tea contains many essential nutrients as well as powerful antioxidants. One in particular, called EGCG, has shown itself effective in preventing many types of cancer, including stomach, breast, esophagus and ovarian. Green tea’s antioxidant blast also helps to control cholesterol levels and improve the ratio of good to bad cholesterol. 

 

While it may seem incredible that something as simple as a cup of tea can do this, green tea is actually a natural plant food, one that has been used for medicinal purposes for a very long time in the Far East. When tea was first cultivated in China, there was no need to think in terms of “organic,” as the world was not so polluted. Today, however, no matter what kind of food you are getting, you are better off knowing that it has been prepared in a natural way, without the use of toxic substances. 

 

Organic Green Tea as a Diet Aid

In addition to its ability to protect our immune systems, green tea can be used to help us lose weight. EGCG and other antioxidants help the body to burn fat more efficiently. Green tea also contains a small amount of caffeine (a cup of green tea has less than half the caffeine of a cup of coffee), which is a stimulant that boosts the metabolism. So green tea can give you a natural lift and help you to burn fat without the side effects of stimulants like coffee, colas and energy drinks. If you are very sensitive to caffeine, you can find organic green tea in decaffeinated form, and still get its many benefits.

 

With all the potential health benefits of organic green tea, you may want to consider adding it to your diet. It is a excellent and gentle way to maintain and restore health.

 

 

 

 

Japanese Green Tea

November 24, 2008 by  
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Japan is a country of tea drinkers –green tea drinkers in particular. The health benefits of green tea have been recognized in Asia for many centuries. Chinese and Japanese green tea, for example, is listed in many traditional texts as helpful for almost every kind of health condition. Green tea has more recently gained publicity in the West as a way to prevent many diseases and even as an effective diet food.

 

Green Tea In Japan

Green tea was supposedly brought over from China in the 12th Century by a Japanese Buddhist priest who introduced Zen to the nation. The notion that green tea and Zen were introduced simultaneously almost seems too perfect to be true, but who knows? In any case, the Japanese took immediately to green tea and have been consuming it in large quantities ever since. The Japanese have also ritualized the drinking of tea with their famous tea ceremonies.

 

Bancha Tea

There are many forms of green tea popular in Japan, but Bancha is the most common. This type of tea is made from the twigs rather than the leaves of the tea plant. Although this is considered the lowest grade of Japanese tea, it still contains the health benefits of any other kind of green tea. It is popular among people who follow a macrobiotic diet. It also has the lowest caffeine content of any green tea.

 

Gyokuro Tea

Gyokuro is the highest grade of Japanese green tea. It is grown in the shade before harvesting which gives it a special flavor that many tea drinkers love. It also has the highest caffeine content of the green teas.

 

Health Benefits of Green Tea

It is speculated that the Japanese have lower rates of certain cancers and heart disease than people in Western countries because of the amount of green tea they consume. Green tea has many healthy properties, but the most powerful is an antioxidant called ECGC, which can help to lower cholesterol, inhibit the growth of many cancer cells and even helps the body burn fat more efficiently.

 

 Still another benefit to drinking green tea is that it’s good for your teeth and gums. The antioxidants known as catechins (which includes ECGC) kills bacteria that cause gum disease, as well as bad breath.

 

It seems that you can’t go wrong in following the example of the Japanese and drinking lots of green tea. Green tea is also available as an extract, which is made from the green tea leaves.

Green Tea To Lose Weight

November 24, 2008 by  
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We have been hearing more and more benefits that can be gained by drinking green tea, or taking a green tea supplement. Did you know that, in addition to all the other health benefits, many people are taking green tea to lose weight? 

 

Green Tea: A Natural Fat Burner

As you probably know, many diet supplements contain caffeine. That’s because caffeine is a powerful stimulant, which gives you energy and also helps you to burn fat. Green tea has some caffeine, but much less than coffee. It has, however, other, even more valuable (and healthier) properties that allow you to burn fat more efficiently.

 

 Green tea has powerful antioxidants called catechins, and one in particular, called EGCG, which has many amazing properties. In addition to protecting the body from many kinds of cancer and helping to regulate cholesterol, EGCG helps the body to burn fat. This, more than the caffeine content, makes green tea an effective diet aid.

 

Switching to Green Tea

Most people take some kind of stimulant, whether it be coffee, soda or energy drinks. Why not simply switch to green tea? It will give you a boost, but not the nervous energy or jitters that coffee often produces. And it doesn’t have the sugar (unless you add it!) and artificial ingredients that soda and energy drinks are full of.

 

With green tea you can get the fat burning help, along with all of the other health benefits without the negative side effects of other stimulants. If you are especially sensitive to caffeine, or are avoiding it for one reason or another, you can get decaffeinated green tea.

 

Green Tea and A Healthy Lifestyle

Of course, when you take green tea to lose weight you should also eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise. There is no supplement, including green tea, that can simply make you lose weight all by itself. Any supplement you take to help you lose weight can only stimulate your metabolism and make the body run more smoothly. But to actually burn fat requires you to exercise. 

 

Eating a healthy diet, with moderate intake of calories is also essential if you want to lose weight. A good rule is, if, like many people today, mainly eat foods that are high in carbohydrates and protein, switch over to more vegetables and fruits. Do this with each meal. That, along with regular exercise and a few cups of green tea should help you to lose weight safely.

5 Reasons To Take Green Tea Supplements

November 24, 2008 by  
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The benefits of green tea have gotten quite a bit of press lately. Green tea is turning out to be one of those “superfoods” that is good for a wide variety of health issues. You can drink green tea, of course, but it is also available as an extract and in many supplements. This article will focus on some good reasons to take a green tea supplement.

 

1. Protection Against Cancer

Green tea contains the powerful catechin (a kind of antioxidant) EGCG, which inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Green tea has shown promise in preventing and treating a variety of cancers, including cancer of the breast, esophagus, stomach and ovaries.

 

2. Lowers Cholesterol

The antioxidants in green tea can help to lower your cholesterol, and to improve the ratio of “good” (HDL) to “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. This is important to your overall health.

 

3. Burns Fat

Green tea is also proving to be effective as a fat-burning food. The mild caffeine content (less than half of coffee), along with the powerful cocktail of antioxidants naturally boosts your metabolism. In addition to making your body more efficient, it may also give you additional energy to exercise!

 

4. Good for Teeth and Gums

Green tea also has properties that kill the bacteria which can cause plaque and gingivitis. You can get this benefit from drinking green tea or taking a supplement. Some natural toothpastes and mouthwashes also have green tea for added benefit to the teeth and gums.

 

5. Advantages of  a Green Tea Supplement

The main advantage to taking a green tea supplement is to make sure you consume enough of this healthy substance. If you love to drink green tea all day (as many people in Asia have done for centuries), you are getting plenty of it, but if it’s something new to you, a supplement is a good way to make sure you are getting the full benefit. 

 

Studies have shown that drinking as little as one cup of green tea per day can be beneficial to your health. For example, one study showed that women who consume at least one cup can cut their risk of ovarian cancer by more than 50%. However, it seems  that consuming more is even better. With a good green tea supplement, you can conveniently consume the equivalent of four or more cups of green tea per day.

Green tea Smoothie Ideas

November 24, 2008 by  
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Have you tried a green tea smoothie yet? The benefits of green tea are numerous. 

This beverage,  which has been renowned in the Far East for many centuries, is now being recognized throughout the world as a healing food. The antioxidants in green tea can help to prevent many diseases, including several types of cancer. It also helps to lower cholesterol and burn fat. Green tea is even good for your teeth and gums! 

 

With all of these reasons to drink green tea, it’s not surprising that people want to take it in as many forms as possible. Some people like to simply drink their tea several times per day. Others prefer extracts or supplements. One delicious way to get the benefits of green tea is to make a smoothie.

 

 You can use almost any kind of fruit or sweetener, add some green tea, and end up with a tasty, nutritious smoothie. Use regular caffeinated or decaffeinated green tea. Tea bags or fresh tea can be used. Steep the tea first and let it cool for a few minutes.

 

Here are some especially delectable green tea smoothie recipes:

 

Green Tea-Kiwi-Banana

Brew a cup of your favorite green tea. Mix in a blender with one ripe banana, one peeled kiwi fruit, one teaspoon of raw honey and four ice cubes or one cup of crushed ice. Mix until smooth.

 

Green Tea-Mango

Mangos are another delicious and antioxidant rich fruit that goes well with green tea. Use one cup of green tea, 1/2 cup of mango or mango puree,  a wedge of lemon or lime, four ice cubes or one cup of crushed ice. Blend until smooth.

 

Yogurt-Watermelon-Apple-Green Tea 

Yogurt makes for a thick, rich smoothie. Use one cup of whole milk or low fat plain yogurt. Add 1/2 cup of green tea, two cups of seedless watermelon, one ripe apple, 

four ice cubes or one cup of crushed ice. Mix until smooth.

 

Lemon-Pineapple-Banana-Green Tea

Lemons add to the antioxidant power of green tea. Add a natural sweetener to offset the acidity. Mix 1/2j cup of green tea, one ripe banana, 1/2 cup of pineapple, four ice cubes or one cup of crushed ice into blender. Squeeze in a wedge of fresh lemon. Mix until smooth.

 

All of these smoothies add fresh fruit to the nutritional value of green tea. They can be good for breakfast, or as an afternoon or evening snack, especially in warm weather. Once you start making green tea smoothies, you will probably come up with some favorite recipes of your own.

Green Tea Recipes

November 24, 2008 by  
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You may have heard about the many health benefits of green tea. Green tea is far more than a beverage –it’s an antioxidant-rich food that has been used for centuries in China and Japan for maintaining and restoring health. One of the great things about green tea is how versatile it is. You can, of course, simply enjoy it as a tea. You can also take it as an extract or in other supplement form. You can also use green tea in any number of recipes, to enhance the flavor and nutritional value of many meals. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

 

Green Tea Sauces 

You can put green tea in any sauce, giving it additional flavor and added boost of energy and nutrition. Put it in hot sauces, cheese sauces, gravies, etc. Here is an example:

 

Green Tea Pepper Sauce:

 

1/4 Cup Hot Water

1 Cup Red Bell Peppers

1/4 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes

1 tsp. Green Tea

1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 tsp. Sea Salt

1 Clove Garlic, peeled

1 tsp. Black or Red Pepper

 

First, stir the tea into the hot water. Then combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

 

Green Tea Smoothies

Smoothies are a refreshing drink for breakfast, after a workout or anytime. Green tea smoothies combine the antioxidant power of green tea with the nutrition of fresh fruit. The possibilities for green tea smoothies are endless, but here’s a sample recipe to try:

 

Green Tea Yogurt-Kiwi-Banana

 

1 Cup Whole Milk or Lowfat  Plain Yogurt

1/2 Cup Green Tea (steep tea then let cool)

1 Ripe (but not overripe) Banana

1 Kiwi peeled

4 Ice Cubes

 

Mix in a blender till smooth.

 

Green Tea Dressings

Make your green salads even more nutritious by adding some green tea. You can use it in almost any kind of dressing. Here’s a good one to start with:

 

Green Tea Dressing

 

1/4 Cup Hot Water

1 tsp Green Tea

1 tsp Sugar 

2 tbls. Olive Oil

1 tbls. Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 tsp. Sea Salt

1/4 tsp. Black Pepper

1 Wedge Lemon

 

Stir tea into hot water then add sugar. Squeeze in a few drops of fresh lemon. Add remaining ingredients and stir.

 

You can add green tea to many foods, including soups, main courses, sauces, dressings, appetizers, even desserts. Adding a teaspoon or so of green tea to many of your meals immediately gives them an additional nutritional value. It also adds a pleasantly subtle flavor to your food. Experiment a little and you will come up with some favorite green tea recipes of your own!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Tea Powder: A Health and Nutritional Powerhouse!

November 24, 2008 by  
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Green tea powder is a convenient way to consume one of the healthiest and best tasting food products you can get. Powdered tea was invented in China and brought to Japan, where it has flourished right down to this day. The most renowned type of powdered green tea is Matcha, which is tea that is grown in the shade. Matcha is, in addition to being preferred by tea connoisseurs all over the world, the kind used in Japanese tea ceremonies.

 

Why Drink Green Tea?

Green tea is a natural stimulant that makes a great replacement for coffee, soda or energy drinks. It contains less than half the caffeine of coffee, so it can give you a gentle lift without the jittery effect of a strong cup of coffee. Green tea also has less caffeine that black tea and many energy drinks (which are also loaded with sugar).

 

Green tea has a surprising array of health benefits, due to the presence of catechins (a kind of antioxidant), especially one called EGCG, which has shown promise in protecting people from many types of cancer. The antioxidants in green tea also help to lower cholesterol and improve the ratio of good to bad cholesterol.

 

Green Tea Powder= Diet Powder?

Green tea has recently been touted as a way to help you lose weight. Studies have shown that green tea helps the body burn fat more efficiently than either a placebo or caffeine alone, which suggests that it isn’t simply the relatively small amount of caffeine (which is used in many diet products) in green tea that makes it good for losing weight. Of course, losing weight requires a healthy diet and regular exercise, but it seems that green tea can be an effective aid in a weight loss program.

 

Green Tea for the Mouth

Still another benefit of green tea is that it destroys the bacteria which cause plaque and gingivitis. Even though you can get this benefit from drinking tea or taking a supplement, some natural toothpastes and mouthwashes have added it to their list of ingredients for additional protection.

 

With all of these benefits, it’s hard to think of a reason not to drink green tea. As a natural energy booster, it is more nutritious than coffee, colas or energy drinks. It is available as tea leaves, green tea powder, or as an extract or other supplement.

Green Tea Nutrition Facts

November 24, 2008 by  
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Until recently, few people in the West ever thought about green tea at all, much less thought of its nutritional value. Now, however, more and more evidence is proving that the ancient beliefs of the Far East, which has consumed green tea for many centuries, were correct all along.

 

Green tea nutrition begins with a term that has become familiar -antioxidants. There is a particularly valuable type of antioxidant called catechins, which are present in green tea. Out of these, there is one extra special one called EGCG, which has some varied and remarkable properties.

 

Cancer-Fighting Ability

Probably the most astounding power of EGCG is its ability to inhibit the growth of many types of cancer. It has shown promise in preventing or fighting cancers of the breast, ovaries, esophagus and colon. Consuming green tea regularly can cut your risk of cancer. Green tea, of course, can be consumed by the cup or as an extract or other supplement.

 

The Heart and Cholesterol Levels

The same antioxidants, especially EGCG, help to lower and regulate cholesterol, especially the dangerous kind of cholesterol. So far the FDA has not permitted manufacturers of green tea to claim that it can protect you from heart disease. However, anything that is good for your cholesterol certainly is not going to do any harm to your heart!

 

Green Tea For Dieting

Still another area where green tea is showing promise is as a diet aid. As a natural stimulant, it speeds up your metabolism and allows you to burn fat more efficiently. Of course, green tea, like any other supplement you can take for weight loss, is not going to make you lose weight by itself. You still have to watch your diet and exercise. However, it does give you a boost, which not only helps you to burn fat but might give you a bit of extra energy to get off the couch and move around!

Good For Your Teeth and Gums

Green tea is even good for your mouth. It destroys bacteria that cause germs and bad breath. You can get this benefit from any form of taking green tea, but there are special toothpastes and mouthwashes that include it in their products for added benefit.

 

With all of these properties, many people could benefit from adding green tea to their diet. It can be a replacement for coffee, which has twice the caffeine and falls short of the overall green tea nutrition powerhouse.

Green Tea For Weight Loss

November 24, 2008 by  
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Green tea is proving to be a genuine superfood. It’s health benefits include lowering cholesterol and protecting the body from many forms of cancer. The latest research on green tea reveal that it’s also very helpful for weight loss! You can consume this as a tea or take green tea leaf extract. Either way it will make you healthier and help you to lose weight.

Green Tea: A Gentle Stimulant

Most diet products contain caffeine or a stimulant of some kind. Coffee and black tea are both stimulants that can be helpful as part of a weight loss program. Green tea, however, is best of all. It contains caffeine, but less than black tea and less than half the amount of coffee. So green tea gives you a lift –and helps you burn calories– without making you nervous or keeping you up at night. If you are extremely sensitive to caffeine, however, you can either consume green tea earlier in the day or get a decaffeinated type, as it’s not simply the caffeine in green tea that makes it an effective weight loss food.

 

Green Tea and Thermogenesis

Thermogenesis is the generation of body heat that helps you to burn fat. There is evidence that green tea increases this natural fat-burning process in your body. Studies have shown that green tea does this more effectively than caffeine, which is evidence that green tea’s effectiveness as a weight loss tool is not simply the small amount of caffeine it contains.

 

EGCG -A Powerful Antioxidant

EGCG  is the antioxidant found in green tea that helps the body fight many types of cancer, helps to lower cholesterol and also encourages the body to burn off fat more efficiently. Since obesity is linked with many diseases, it makes sense that something that would help you to lose weight naturally and safely would also protect you from illness.

 

How Much Green Tea?

Since green tea is an all around healthy food, you can safely consume quite a bit of it. Drinking as little as one or two cups per day can provide you with health and diet benefits. Some studies have shown even greater benefits of drinking up to six cups per day. You can experiment with the dosage. One thing you might want to keep in mind is that adding milk to green tea inhibits many of its health-giving properties. It also adds calories!

 

 

 

Green Tea: A Healthy Fat Burner

November 24, 2008 by  
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Green tea, in addition to being good for you in just about every way, is also a natural fat burner. It contains substances called polyphenols which cause the body to burn fat more efficiently.

 

Good Reasons to Switch to Green Tea

Many people start their day with coffee and drink coffee throughout the day. Others, in addition to coffee (or in place) consume caffeinated sodas. Green tea contains caffeine, but less than half of a typical cup of coffee. It has more antioxidants and is better for you overall than coffee, and certainly better than soda or energy drinks (which usually contain lots of sugar -not a good idea if you want to lose weight). 

 

Green tea tends to give you a gentle lift without the nervousness or crash typical of coffee. Studies have also shown that green tea is more effective at burning fat than caffeine by itself, so there is more to green tea as a diet food than the small amount of caffeine it contains.

 

Antioxidant Rich

The most powerful element in green tea, which gives it power to help prevent many diseases at the same time it helps you burn fat, is an antioxidant called EGCG. This substance seems to provide a natural stimulus to the metabolism as well as protecting the cells from many types of disease, including many types of cancer. It also helps to lower cholesterol and maintain a good ratio of “good” to “bad” cholesterol. So drinking green tea can not only help you to lose weight, it may help you in other important ways as well.

 

How Much Green Tea?

Studies have shown that drinking as little as one cup of green tea per day can have a positive impact on your health and lower the risk of certain kinds of cancer. If you are using green tea as part of a weight reduction program, you may want to drink several cups per day.

 

 If you are very sensitive to caffeine, you may want to consume all of it before the evening hours. You can also buy decaffeinated green tea, which has the same benefits. Green tea extract is also available when it isn’t convenient to drink a cup of tea. You can also find health supplements that include green tea among many other ingredients. Considering all of the benefits of this beverage, there is no reason not to make it part of your daily routine.

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