Memoirs Of A Green Tea!
This week, The Weekly Beet travels to Asia. The Beet Girls go Geisha to reveal the miraculous wonders of green tea.
It is a fact that the Chinese and Japanese are aging better, having less heart attacks, are less overweight, and less prone to cancer. Could it be thanks to an ancient, green, hot beverage that might just make you want to replace your morning coffee? The Beet Girls say ofuko-su (of course in Japanese)! What is exactly in green tea that makes it such a miracle worker? Green Tea contains healing substances called polyphenols, antioxidants that have the ability to fight off free radical damage to the cells in our body, fight viruses, and slow down our aging process. Among the polyphenols in green tea are tannins, flavonoids, phenolic acid, and flavonols, known as catechins. The most important flavonols are called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG because they contain the highest amount of antioxidants. In addition, Green Tea is rich in polysaccharides, vitamin B complex, vitamin C (one cup of green tea contains more vit C than one orange), vitamin E, r-amino butyric acid, and fluoride. Now, that's what we call unBEETable!
The beauty of green tea is that it is the least processed of all tea leaves. In addition, green tea is naturally caffeinated, containing half the amount found in coffee and soda. The most exquisite Japanese green tea comes from the Uji region of Kyoto. We found many different types along the way such as Gyokuro, Mecha, Sencha, and Bancha, but our favorite is Kukicha because it alkalines the blood. Be on the lookout for organic brands such as Haiku and Choice at your local health food store.
Here are the most important health reasons why The Beet Girls sip green tea:
- Fights against cancer cells, reducing the risk of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer
- Helps kill leukemia cells
- Helps digestion and eases upset stomachs
- Facilitates weight loss
- Prevents tooth decay and bad breath
- Reduces risk of heart disease and stroke
- Heals body from infection, boosting the immune system
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Regulates blood sugar
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces rheumatoid arthritis
- Excellent anti-ager
The Beet Girls say it's time to add green tea to your memoirs! Don't miss a Beet. Stay tuned for next week.
Mary Kent & Elisa
PS. Mary Kent and Elisa are wearing flowers from H&M. Kimonos straight from Japan.
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