The amazing effects of Green Tea


image A cup of green tea has powerful healing properties and is a soothing accompaniment to any meal. Look at the magic it can do.

The buzz around this ancient beverage has been doing the rounds for quite a while now. At first sip, green tea definitely cleanses the palate, but it’s true power comes from the antioxidants it contains. In fact, you could call it the King Kong of antioxidants.

Green tea is chock-full of cathechin polyphenols, mainly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is its main fighting ingredient. It’s believed that EGCG prevents cancer by targeting cancerous cells. It also lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, prevents the formation of abnormal blood clots that cause heart attacks or strokes, prevents inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, builds up the immune system and provides resistance to various infections. Whew! That’s one powerful ingredient.

Here’s a simple iced green tea preparation to get you started in your fight to stay healthy.

Green Gingerina
Prep time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients
2 cups of water
low-calorie sweetener to taste
1 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
6 green tea bags
4 tsp fresh lemon juice club soda
12 ice cubes
a handful of mint leaves for garnish

1. Put the water, sweetener, ground ginger and lemon peel in a medium saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat for about seven to eight minutes.
2. Remove from heat and add the green tea bags. Leave the bags undisturbed for 10 minutes.
3. Stir and add the lemon juice. Refrigerate for one to two hours.
4. To make a cup of iced tea, pour the concentrate into a glass till it is one-fourth full. Then top it up with club soda. Add ice cubes and garnish with mint leaves.

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