Green tea is, in addition to being one of the easiest to prepare and cheapest refreshing drinks available also contains a number of health promoting compounds including – polyphenols and catechins and an important substance called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). These compounds have anti-oxidant, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and aid in the lowering of cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart attacks, diabetes, arthritis and obesity. Some researchers even claim it aids in the fight against certain cancers.
Green tea extracts today are found in a wide range of commercial beauty and slimming products.
• Take full advantage of the health benefits of green tea by building it, either hot or iced, into your everyday schedule. One or two cups may conveniently accompany your mid-morning- afternoon breaks. Consume green tea without milk or sugar. Add a slice of freshly cut lemon to add that extra zest.
• Always have this easy to prepare beverage available to offer to midmorning-afternoon visitors.