Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cuppa Green Tea Anyone?

A new study has found that antioxidants called catechins, found in high concentrations in green tea, inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from the intestinal tract and interfere with cholesterol synthesis in the liver. Green tea catechins also reduce inflammation  of blood vessels and inhibit formation of blood clots. In addition, earlier claims tout the benefits of green tea in preventing cancer, easing arthritis pain and reducing occurence of dental cavities.
Green tea brewed from leaves is more beneficial than tea brewed from bags. Use about 1 tsp. green tea per cup of hot, not boiling water. After bringing the water to a boil, let it sit for a minute before pouring, to avoid scorching the leaves.

Wondering about caffeine?

Per 8 oz. cup, coffee has 100 to 175 mg. caffeine, black tea has 45 mg. and green tea has 30 mg. Healthy adults should limit daily caffeine to 400 mg. and women of child-bearing age should keep it to no more than 300mg.

For more information, see nutritionist Leslie Beck's website at www.lesliebeck.com.