Citrus Fruits Improve the Health Benefit of Green Tea Drinking

Citrus Fruits Improve Green Tea Health BenefitsAs most of you already know, green tea is packed with free-radical-fighting compounds that help keep you healthy. But as it turns out, most of those fantastic compounds (called “catechins”) in green tea never make it to your bloodstream. Unfortunately, catechins quickly lose their power in stored tea, and even more in your intestine. In fact, as much as 80% of the catechins in green tea are never absorbed.

But here’s a solution: brew your green tea fresh, and flavor it with freshly-squeezed lemon, orange, lime, or grapefruit juice. The vitamin C in these citrus juices may help your body absorb the catechins by increasing the acidity in your small intestine. Other unidentified substances in the juice probably lend a hand, too. Researchers found a 50-50 tea/citrus mix had the greatest catechin-preserving effect, with lemon juice performing best, followed by orange, lime and lastly grapefuit juice.

August 17 2009 09:26 pm | Tea and Health

5 Responses to “Citrus Fruits Improve the Health Benefit of Green Tea Drinking”

  1. cheryl on 20 Aug 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    would green tea with dried citrus bits do the same thing as fresh juice? thanks

  2. Jeremy on 21 Aug 2009 at 9:37 am #

    Hi Cheryl: I think that citrus *juice* is probably better because it gets into solution more thoroughly than what might be extracted from dried citrus. That’s just an educated guess, however.

  3. Charles Stoy on 21 Apr 2010 at 1:19 am #

    Hi Cheryl,

    Just read your question. As with so many things regarding this burgeoning area, some one needs to do a solid study first. Sometimes, what looks to be a good combination turns out to be an empty hole.

    So, a double-blind human study needs to be done with a sufficiently large enough population over a sufficiently long enough time frame to actually make some recommendations. After which, confirming studies need to be done….which is why drug tests are so expensive.

    And to support the researchers doing the study, there has to be money available.

    The short answer is: follow what has been done unless you do not mind being your own guinea pig. In which case, keep careful and detailed records so you know what changes occured and when….

  4. Karen on 11 Jan 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Hello. I have a citrus allergy/intolerance. So unable to use fresh squeezed oranges, lemons, or grapefruit. Do you have any knowledge say using other Vit. C sources; ie: pureed strawberries, kiwi, blueberries etc.? Or is the benefit not worth the trouble? Thank you

  5. Aubrey on 12 Jan 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Karen -

    I believe this study was only conducted with Lemon, Lime, and Orange Juice so, unfortunately, I do not know how other Vitamin C sources would work in comparison. I’m sure it couldn’t hurt to try, but you would be conducting your own study if you do! : )

    Arbor Teas

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