As 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