Green tea and Lemon
Green tea is widely known for its health promoting benefits but now it has a new supporter-Lemon!
Studies are showing that lemon juice may be able to intensify the effects of green tea when consumed together. Citrus juice made green tea more potent by letting the antioxidants found in the tea to linger in the system for longer, after simulated digestion. The findings show that just like best friends, green tea and lemon juice work wonderfully together.
Green tea is rich in catechins are these substances are the primary reason why green tea is said to deliver its abundance of health supporting properties. The study showed that the amount of the catechins appeared to increase when green tea was combined with lemon juice or vitamin C. This combination means that there is a likelihood that any citrus can encourage enhanced absorption of catechins into the systems of body.
Catechins in green tea become unstable in environments that are non-acidic such as our intestines. Only 20 percent or less of catechins remain in our body after digestion. However, green tea combined with lemon juice amplified the catechin effect by more than 80 percent. The study highlights that citrus juice stabilises the effects on the catechins and stops them from being dissipated in the intestines.
At this stage the findings are preliminary, but it opens the path for further research into the positive green tea-citrus relationship.
Benefits of green tea:
Studies published by the Harvard Health Publications say there are positive links with cancer prevention and heart disease and drinking green tea. In fact, according to a 2013 publication by “The Journal of Medicinal Food,” green tea also helps in shedding extra calories due to its catechins. A weight loss program was held, and the participants who consumed about 4-6 cups of green tea daily for about 5 weeks noticed an improved RMR “resting metabolic rate,” and significantly shed a lot of body fat.
Benefits of lemon juice:
Lemon juice, on the other hand, provides a lot of nutrients, like flavonoids, carotenes, vitamin-A, vitamin-C, and phenolic antioxidants. Even traditional medical practitioners and renowned herbalists recommend lemon juice as an antibacterial agent for sore throat. It also works to remove blackheads, as a skin brightener and an even greater hair lightener for summer ready streaks. Lemon juice can also be used as a remedy for inflamed gums or gingivitis.
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