Green tea leaves are the dried leaves of the tea plant, which contain less caffeine than black tea because they do not undergo the fermentation process. For centuries, the health benefits of green tea have been known and utilized by the Chinese and Japanese. Green tea is good for the heart, skin and boosting energy levels. From lowering cholesterol levels to cancer prevention, green tea leaves contain natural antioxidants that translate into healthier living.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
- The advantages to drinking green tea seem endless, but a few standouts to consider include:
- Removing aging toxins and promoting glowing skin from the liver detoxification associated with catechins found in the tea.
- Reduction in inflammation and better control over food allergies – thanks to the plant chemical called quercetin.
- A weight loss aid that not only assists in the burning of fat, but also helps regulate blood-sugar and insulin levels, which is also beneficial to diabetics.
Green tea is often sipped without any extras, but the flavor is also enhanced by adding lemon, sugar, and especially honey. You can also blend green tea with other ingredients to create satisfying drinks. To tap into the health benefits of green tea while enjoying a cool, refreshing fruity drink, you might want to consider the following recipe:
Green Tea and Yellow Plum Smoothie
- 1 green tea bag
- 1 ¼ cups boiling water
- 1 teaspoon high-quality honey
- 2 ripe yellow plums (halved and pitted)
- Add the tea bag to a teapot (or heatproof pitcher).
- Pour the boiling water over the teabag.
- Allow the tea to steep for 7 minutes. Remove and toss out the teabag.
- Let the brew cool off, and then chill in the refrigerator.
- Pour the chilled tea into a food processor or blender.
- Add the honey and yellow plums.
- Process the ingredients until they become smooth. Serve the drink at once.