The Surprising Benefits Of Green Tea With Lemon
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
One of the most consumed beverages in the world happens to be tea. Filled with plenty of antioxidants, drinking tea may come with certain health benefits, depending on the type of tea that is consumed.
Although there are many different brands of tea, there may be only one that surpasses all the other when it comes to making a bigger impact on your health.
That would be green tea. Green tea, which is not fermented during the production process, may contain more antioxidants than black teas.
But to make it even stronger, adding a touch of lemon to your green tea may take your cup of green tea to the next level.
Chock full of its own powerful nutrients, lemon may boost the antioxidant level in green tea, giving you a more powerful morning, afternoon, or even evening drink.
The History Of Green Tea
When it comes to your health, there are many people who prefer green tea over other drinks, like coffee or water.
Green tea may be full of powerful polyphenols, flavonoids, and antioxidants making it a drink that not only tastes great, but could improve your health.
Antioxidants, which are naturally occurring elements in foods, may protect your body from free radical damage and outside toxins.
This, in turn, protects your cells from damage, therefore protecting your health from high inflammation, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and age-related brain disorders.
Although there are many antioxidants, many of the health benefits of green tea come from the flavonoid epigallocatechin, also known as EGCG.
Studies show that this powerful antioxidant may protect against cancer, prevent heart disease, and could add years to your life.
Studies also suggest that EGCG may lower LDL cholesterol and fats in your blood (triglycerides), which may protect you from suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Other studies have linked drinking green tea to preventing cancer. Once again, the powerful antioxidant, EGCG may interfere with the process of cell replication, which is an important stage in tumor development.
As you can see, this powerful drink may solely be responsible for lowering your disease risk and protecting your health in the future.
I know it may be hard to believe, but you may boost the benefits of drinking green tea by adding a splash of lemon to your tea.
The Green Tea and Lemon Connection
Most people may combine the tea with lemon in order to make it taste slightly better.
However, without knowing it, you are adding additional benefits to your health.
Studies show that adding lemon to tea may increase the availability of antioxidants to your body, therefore boosting the potential health benefits you may get from drinking green tea.
Studies also show that the catechins found in green tea prefer a more acidic environment, therefore enabling the antioxidants to be absorbed by the body.
However, due to the alkaline nature of the intestines, the catechins are usually broken down, which could limit the amount of antioxidants your body is getting.
By adding a slice of lemon, you may see six times more catechins absorption opposed to drinking green tea alone.
As you can see, adding lemon to your green tea may be necessary for increasing antioxidant absorption, but question remains:
Why is it so effective?
The Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant, may be plentiful in lemon juice. And this powerful vitamin plays a vital role in keeping you healthy.
Vitamin C may:
• Develop and repair body tissue
• Heals wounds and scar tissue
• Reduce high blood pressure
• Lowers heart disease risk
• Reduces the risk for chronic diseases
• Reduces uric acid levels, therefore preventing gout
• And so much more
But when it comes to keeping you healthy, lemon and green tea may slow the breakdown of antioxidants, therefore leading boosting the antioxidant levels in your body.
Lemon juice contains up to 18.6 milligrams of vitamin C, which equals about one-third of your daily allowance for this potent vitamin for the day.
Besides protecting the catechins from breakdown, vitamin C also helps in the production of collagen, which may strengthen blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, bone, and cartilage.
What benefits can you get by adding lemon to your green tea?
The Surprising Benefits of Green Tea and Lemon
As you can see, adding lemon to your green tea may lead to many health improvements.
From better antioxidant absorption to adding its own antioxidant power, adding lemon to your green tea may be a smart investment in your health.
Some benefits of green tea and lemon may include:
Better Digestion—as mentioned before, the catechins in green tea prefer a more acidic environment, and typically break down once it reaches the intestines. But the vitamin C found in lemons may prevent this from occurring, therefore helping you absorb six times the amount of catechins. Plus, certain compounds found in green tea may prevent the absorption of iron. Lemon may reduce this effect.
Weight Loss—numerous studies show that EGCG found in green tea may stimulate your metabolism, therefore aiding in weight loss. Adding lemon may further increase your metabolism, therefore making it easier to lose weight.
Boosts Your Immune System—in order to keep your body healthy during cold and flu season, you need to maintain a healthy immune system. Lemons, which contain plenty of vitamin C, may boost your immunity, helping you ward off dangerous bacteria or toxins that could make you sick.
Improved Kidney Health—recent studies show that higher vitamin C levels may protect you from developing kidney stones. It could also improve kidney function, therefore adding further protection for your kidneys.
Adding Lemon to Your Green Tea Is Smart
The second most consumed beverage in the world happens to be green tea.
Filled with powerful antioxidants, polyphenols, and other helpful nutrients, green tea does a remarkable job at improving your health, boosting weight loss, and warding off bacteria that could make you sick.
However, there is only one issue:
You may lose some of the powerful nutrients found in green tea once it hits the intestines. And that could mean you’re not getting the full health benefits from this powerful tea.
Adding lemon, however, could go a long way to improving your daily cup of green tea. Since lemons contain high levels of vitamin C (and citric acid) you may protect the catechins and other nutrients found in green tea from breaking down once it hits your intestines.
By adding lemon to your green tea, you may see six times the absorption of the antioxidants found in green tea.
But what is there was something better? Some stronger and much more powerful that it leaves regular green tea to shame?
Well there is. That something just happens to be Amla Green Tea. Imagine, if you would, that you took regular green tea and combined it with the “king” of antioxidant superfoods, Amla. You would have a drink with unsurpassed antioxidant power that bathes your body with the nutrients it needs to keep you healthy and fit.
But what if you added that splash of lemon to it? Instead of 6X the antioxidant absorption, you may have double or even triple that number.
Not only are you going to get all the benefits of green tea with lemon, but you’re going to supercharge it with antioxidant-rich Amla powder. Your morning just got 10X better.
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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