Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Green Tea Magic

Scientists have only begun to discover the health benefits of green tea. A recent study at the University of Purdue concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. And the Chinese have used green tea as medicine for over 4,000 years, treating everything from headaches to depression. There is also evidence that drinking green tea reduces total cholesterol and improves the balance of good-bad cholesterol in the bloodstream.

Studies vary in the recommended amounts of green tea, but to receive real benefit for the immune system, protection from cancer, relief of rheumatoid arthritis, and lowering of cholesterol, you would need to drink four to five cups per day.

Brewing green tea is slightly more complicated than black tea, as you should bring water to a boil and then allow it to sit for two or three minutes before pouring the hot water over your green tea. Then allow your tea to steep for about three minutes. One to two teaspoons of the tea leaves should make a very nice cup. Green tea does have caffeine, although in minor amounts. If you drink black tea or coffee, you might replace your afternoon coffee with a big cup of green tea.

With the winter storm brewing outside right now, I think I’ll go put the kettle on!


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