What Else Do I Need to Know?
- It seems that not all green teas are equal. Many proponents swear by Matcha, a Japanese green tea boasting a huge antioxidant content, which Dr Mercola claims is 17 times that of wild blueberries and 7 times that of dark chocolate! Whatever green tea you decide to buy, I would strongly recommend you choose organic.
- In order to get the most antioxidant action from your tea, steep for several minutes (according to this study, the longer the better) and in hot, but not boiling, water.
- Avoid store-bought bottled tea as it may have sugar. Plus, it has been found that the benefits of the catechins can degrade over time. It only takes two minutes to brew your own!
- While green tea only contains a moderate amount of caffeine compared to coffee, if you drink enough of it you may feel the side effects. My advice? Start off with one cup of green tea a day and gradually increase it as you wish. If you feel negative effects, like anxiety or restlessness, then I would cut back again. Do what works best for you.