The Benefits of Green Tea With Lemon, Ginger, and Honey
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
People have been sending us tons of emails, asking us about the benefits of green tea with lemon, ginger, and honey.
Like one wasn’t enough…they needed to add THREE more powerful additions to green tea to make it EVEN MORE superior than other drinks.
So, when I say that we have a scorcher of an article for you today…I’m not kidding!
Here’s what has happened…
Green tea, which has been used for eons to help improve health and enhance vitality, may protect you from many chronic diseases that plague our society today.
And it’s the second most consumed beverage in the world, I might add.
It seemed people wanted more. Maybe it was the taste (green tea can taste extra earthy)…or maybe they just wanted to experiment and see what else they could get into green tea.
Whatever the reason, someone, somewhere, stumbled on this kick-butt formula that packs your health full of potent antioxidants, and can send the common cold (sometimes the flu as well), into the great abyss.
The combination of green tea, lemon, ginger, and honey is one of the most potent cocktails around.
Now, in a moment, I am going to open your eyes to the wonderful benefits of this concoction, but for now, I want to explain a little bit more about green tea.
The Power of Green Tea and Your Health
In case you don’t know, green tea is kind of a big deal. It has quickly become one of the most popular drinks, edging out coffee as the second most consumed beverage in the world.
Just like coffee, green tea contains plenty of antioxidants that have been shown to improve your health.
Unlike coffee, green tea contains EGCG, which could be the main driving force behind the effectiveness of this tea for your health.
Studies show that EGCG (and green tea) may:
• Lower total and LDL cholesterol
• Boost memory and concentration
• Prevent certain cancers
• Stabilize blood sugar levels
• Impact homocysteine levels
• Lower inflammation
• Boost your metabolic rate and your weight loss
• … and so much more
Now, green tea, by itself, is one of the most powerful drinks out there. But when you combine green tea with other powerful antioxidant-rich foods, you may have one drink that could elicit dramatic changes to your health.
Let’s take a look at each individually:
Green Tea and Lemon
Although green tea is a rich source of antioxidants, absorbing them may be a challenge. Not because your body doesn’t need them, but because the different process may degrade them, and render them less effective once they enter your body.
However, by adding lemon, you may actually increase the absorption of the antioxidants, therefore adding benefits to your body.
You see, one type of antioxidant found in green tea, catechins (which EGCG is the strongest one) prefer a more acidic environment in order to be absorbed by your body. When they pass through the stomach, which is very acidic, it passes into your intestines, which is more alkaline.
And when this happens, the catechins may start to breakdown, therefore you lose some on the effectiveness of these antioxidants. By adding lemon, your body may absorb up to 6 times the catechins from green tea.
Green Tea and Ginger
The beauty of green tea and ginger could add tremendous benefits to your health. One is a leaf (green tea) while one is a root (ginger), which separately, can be made into a cup of tea.
Even though both have potent medicinal and health benefits, combining may be even more effective for your body.
The combination of the two could create a calming tea that has been shown to improve heart health, diabetes and cancer risk, and other important health benefits.
Green Tea and Honey
Sometimes green tea is hard to swallow. So people who don’t like the taste, often sweeten green tea with sugar or artificial sweeteners, which could lead to damage to your health.
You could easily add honey as a natural sweetener, and sweeten up your health a bit. Both green tea and honey are chock full of antioxidants.
So combining them would make sense, as it would add further improvements to your health.
But there’s more… Since honey also contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, you could fight off dangerous bacteria and toxins, therefore keeping you healthy and fit, and protected against dangerous pathogens.
Studies have shown that, since they both contain antioxidant properties, you could add even more benefits for your health.
The combination may aid in everything from weight loss, to providing anti-aging properties.
So, as you can see, each nutrient that is added to green tea may improve the amount of antioxidants found in the green tea, translating to a higher concentration of antioxidants in your body.
And when this happens, you may be able to fight off free radicals, lower inflammation, and prevent many chronic diseases from destroying your health.
But what about the benefits of green tea with lemon, ginger, and honey?
As previously mentioned, each ingredient on this list holds its own medicinal and overall health benefits.
But the combination of all of them may lead to a potent drink that could improve many different facets of your health.
By combining these four ingredients, you could find a relaxing, calming drink that could ease your mind, boost your immune system, and so much more.
In fact, here are some of the benefits:
• Boost in heart health
• Relief from nausea and vomiting
• Boost in your antioxidant levels
• Higher metabolic rate, and better weight loss
• Stronger immune system
• Lower inflammation
• Better digestion
• … and so much more
As you can see, the powerful combination of green tea with lemon, ginger, and honey could do wonders for boosting your health, and keeping you free from illnesses.
The Final Word On This Powerful Combination
Green tea is a powerful drink, all on its own. However, when you add things like lemon, honey, or ginger to the mix, you could enhance the benefits it could add to your body.
Each nutrient contains plenty of antioxidant power, which could improve the overall concentration of antioxidants in your body.
This could give you immune system a much needed boost…could lower your inflammation levels…and could prevent a number of chronic diseases from occurring in your body.
Plus, it could enhance the absorption of many key antioxidants (lemon), which will ensure your body is getting all the antioxidants it needs to do specific jobs in your body.
Although not much is needed to boost your health, drinking between 3 and 6 cups a day would do wonders for it.
If you’re looking to boost your health, then including the powerful combination of green tea with lemon, ginger, and honey could do the trick.
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, is a cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, and has educated thousands of people with all forms of diabetes how to reverse insulin resistance using food as medicine. Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Conference, Plant Stock, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, NPR, PBS, KQED, Fast Company, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes.
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