SUPPLEMENT OF THE WEEK: GREEN TEA
Why Green Tea?
If you don’t know already I’m a TEA-HOLIC! On a hot summers day I’ll order a tea…. I know, my friends think I’m crazy too! But in actual fact a nice hot cup of tea can cool you down as it increases your core temperature and your body automatically goes into “cool down” mode.
I like to drink normal tea with 2 slices of lemon after a meal….I just can’t not have a cup of tea after I’ve eaten, I feel like it helps me settle my meal and digest my food, plus its been a family ritual since I can remember.
Green Tea however, is great for you because it has a powerful antioxidant known as EGCG (epigalloctechin gallate) , it lowers cholesterol levels, increases your metabolism ( meaning you burn more calories- YES PLEASE) and it inhibits the formation of abnormal blood clots which is one of the reasons so many people have heart attacks.
Green Tea has been used as a medicine in China for over 4000 years!
Green Tea, Oolong and other black teas all come from Camellia sinensis plant leaves. The difference between Green Tea and other normal black tea’s is that for Green Tea the leaves are steamed which prevents the EGCC from being oxidized!
In a nutshell Green Tea has many benefits:
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Has antioxidants
- Increases metabolism & Fat burning body fat
- Helps prevent Blood Clots
- Lowers risk of cancer
- Has less caffeine then coffee
BONUS: If you don’t want to drink hot tea the beauty is that you can drink Green Tea chilled, it makes for a very refreshing iced tea 😉
Try Woolies organic Tea.