The Benefits of Drinking Green Tea with Lemon

Green Tea is not only delicious but is renowned for its health-giving properties.  These have been linked to its high concentration of catechin phytonutrients which have a wide variety of protective benefits, many of which are related to their ability to fight free radicals.

If you are sensitive to caffeine you can drink decaffeinated green tea.  Look for organic green tea from companies such as Pukka Teas, Dragonfly, Clipper etc which can be found in major supermarkets.

The Benefits of Combining Green Tea With Lemon

According to Purdue University, lemon boosts the health benefits of green tea, as citrus juice makes green tea’s antioxidants more readily available for your body. Catechins prefer an acidic rather than alkaline environment.

As the tea passes from your stomach — acidic — to the increasingly alkaline environment of your small intestine, the catechins are broken down.

Your body can absorb up to six times more catechins that it would otherwise by combining lemon juice with your green tea. Lemon juice also reduces the effect of certain compounds in green tea that can restrict your ability to absorb iron from foods.

Green Tea with Lemon Fights Skin Cancer

Hot lemon peel tea may help protect you against skin cancer. In an article posted on the BBC News website entitled Lemon Tea Fights Skin Cancer, Drs. Iman Hakim and Robert Harris of the University of Arizona studied 450 individuals, 50 percent of whom have had squamous cell carcinoma.

Hakim and Harris found that those individuals who developed skin cancer drank significantly less hot lemon tea; having citrus peel in tea reduced the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by more than 70 percent. Drinking black tea alone showed only a 40-percent risk reduction.

My tip: Always choose organic lemons and make sure you include the peel for the full benefit!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1504069.stm

The original research article can be found here:

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-5945/1/3