January 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
Green tea is one of the most amazing things you can drink, but unfortunately it still has a little of that ‘boring health tonic’ stigma that paints it as a bland, unenjoyable variation on water. Like most ‘health’ foods, i guess it’s an acquired taste, however for anyone who’s been into T2 you’ll know there are a enough varieties and flavours to suit everyone, even sickly sweet ones for the unashamed sugar addicts.
Plugging of my favourite shop aside, i’ve found since drinking Green tea that it’s noticably helped my skin, calmed my stomach and perhaps even boosted my metabolism, who knows?! The theory behind it’s magic are things called catechin polyphenols (the most common being epigallocatechin or EGCG). These are super dooper antioxidants (technical term) that can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, and supposedly attack mutated cells without harming healthy tissue.
Research shows some pretty unbelievable statistics about green tea consumption and the reduction in risk of developing many types of cancers, on the proviso that you’re getting 4-5 cups of tea a day. That sounds like a lot, but at the moment i’m able to fit around 4 in, at the expense of running to the bathroom 20 times a day, and feeling like a nanna. Don’t drink it too close to bedtime though, as it still contains caffeine and can make for a restless night sleep!