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How to Choose the Best Green Tea

How to Choose the Best Green Tea

I know that drinking green tea is great for our health, but is all green tea the same? How can I make sure I am getting the most health benefits from drinking green tea?

You’re right, in repeated studies drinking green tea has been conclusively proven to lower the risk for a wide range of diseases, from simple infections to chronic degenerative conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, periodontal disease, and osteoporosis. But all green tea is not the same!

The magic health-promoting ingredients in green tea are flavonoids, which occur in the form of catechins and their derivatives. The most abundant catechin in green tea is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which plays an essential role in green tea’s anticancer and antioxidant effects.

In a report published by the USDA in 2007 (USDA Database for the Flavanoid Content of Selected Foods Release 2.1) hundreds of food items were compared to determine flavanoid content—what it shows is that the way green tea is produced has a dramatic effect on it’s flavanoid content.

The database proves that the more processed the tea is, the less catechins it has. Instant and bottled green tea are shown to contain 12 milligrams of catechins, flavored green teas have 43 milligrams, and decaffeinated has 56 milligrams, while regular green tea rings in at a super healthy 127 milligrams of catechins. Most of the studies proving health benefits are based on a 3-cup per day consumption.

Try to buy organic green tea when you can, and store your tea in a dark, dry place. Don’t store it in the refrigerator as that can introduce moisture and food odor to the tea. And here’s a trick to determine the freshness of a box of tea bags. Remove the tea from one of the bags and steep the tea-less bag in boiling water for three minutes. If the water tastes like tea, that’s a sign that the flavor has transferred to the bag indicating that it is not fresh. If the water tastes like water—you have a box of nice fresh tea bags, just waiting to help boost your health!

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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6:04PM PDT on Sep 27, 2014

thanks

5:22AM PDT on Sep 18, 2014

Choose the best

8:14PM PDT on Sep 4, 2014

Some helpful hints and tips, interesting comments. I prefer organic tea, at least with that one generally knows what one is getting.

Shalvah L, so very true, I also prefer the taste of tea leaves to tea bags.

1:09PM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

i love tea very much

4:14AM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

I have a friend who works for an airline, and she gets green tea from China. She keeps up both in supply. It's more work, but the loose tea tastes ever so much better! Thanks for the information.

9:15PM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

fairtrade!!

8:49AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

good to know

9:15AM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

I'm surprised by that last piece of information - testing tea bags, as I read somewhere that the tea leaves are preferable to tea bags.

5:12AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Interesting. Thank you :)

7:40PM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

I use Nerada Organic Green Tea :)

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