The Surprising Health Benefits of Green Tea

March 10, 2015 | By | 26 Comments

If you’re not drinking green tea on a daily basis, here are several healthy reasons to start…

Knowing the benefits of green tea may convince you to add this beverage to your daily diet. This is a case where a small change in behavior can reap huge rewards for your health!

Green tea is high in a long list of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients but the most vital of its ingredients is the antioxidant it contains called catechin polyphenol.

This antioxidant is known to slow down the aging process and studies show that it may also fight the growth of cancer cells, lower blood pressure, and fight the build up of cavity-causing plaque on your teeth.

Green tea can lower your cholesterol, aid in digestion, and help to promote weight loss. The health boosting properties of this drink are well worth the small effort required to add it to your diet.

It is a rich source of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and several B vitamins. It also contains manganese, potassium, and magnesium.

But not all green tea is created equal. Bottled green tea does not contain the antioxidants we are talking about and usually has a great deal of added sugar, making it a poor choice for health-conscious people. Green tea from Japan, brewed from loose tea leaves, appears to offer the most antioxidants.

Unless otherwise specified, green tea does contain caffeine. Natural green teas contain anywhere from 86 to 130 mg of caffeine per serving. Check the labels to see how much your tea contains. Some brands offer decaffeinated green tea. It’s important to read the labels and know what you’re getting.

Tea should be grown in a pristine environment because tea plants absorb metals and toxins from their surroundings. Because some tea bags (plastic and paper) may contain epichlorohydrin, a known carcinogen, it is best to purchase tea from manufacturers who can certify that their tea bags are epichlorohydrin-free. The alternative is to buy loose green tea and brew it yourself, skipping the bags altogether.

Finally, because green tea plants are known to absorb lead, it is best to buy your green tea from countries that are not dealing with high industrial air pollution, like China.

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Comments (26)

  1. I’ve just ordered the CCdiet book. Since green tea is suppose to be a good beverage – how should it be prepared? Should we use sugar to sweeten it or simply brew it and drink it without sugar.

  2. Betty

    Why is honey not recommended for daily consumption? My daughter uses it all the time for cooking and baking.

  3. Ilse Taplin

    Why is honey not good for you James ? Or recommended? I sweeten my tea with honey !

  4. Delores Frank

    James, is Lipton green tea a reliable choice?

  5. Excellent Web-site, Continue the beneficial job. Thanks a lot!.

  6. Sue Wright

    Wouldn’t it be a better choice to drink decaf green tea
    Best to avoid caffeine?

  7. Judy Trubee

    I need to lower my triglycerides which are 540. I need to raise my good cholesterol from 14 to at least 39. Will the books that I get through the mail help me figure this out?

    • Hi Judy,

      The Cruise Control Diet is a whole-foods approach to weight loss and overall health. It’s a simple, yet highly effective program with 4 general rules:

      1. Eat natural foods that help your body to burn fat.

      2. Avoid processed, packaged, and other foods that cause your body to store fat.

      3. Treat yourself to some “guilty pleasures” (e.g. chocolate, cookies, candy) from time to time so you don’t feel restricted.

      4. Most importantly, don’t count calories, calculate points, keep food journals, or attempt “artificial” portion controls. Instead, let your body’s natural hunger instinct guide how much (and when) you should eat.

      While the first 3 rules are common to any sensible weight reduction plan, the fourth one is what sets the Cruise Control Diet apart from other programs. It’s also the secret behind its success.

      If you’ve ever been on a diet, you know that losing the weight is the “easy” part. Keeping it off is the actual challenge. And the reason for that is simple: most plans burden you with too many rules and restrictions. Naturally, you can’t stick with them long-term (and eventually gain back every pound lost).

      However, when you’re relying on your body’s natural instinct for weight control – rather than forced willpower – dropping the pounds becomes practically effortless. This allows you to stay on the program for life, so once the weight comes off, it’s gone for good.

  8. What about the Green Tea Supplements? Are they any good?

    • Nik Takano

      Hi Ginger,

      Thanks for writing in. Green Tea Supplements are fine to have and allowed in the program.

  9. Vanessa Kirby

    I am confused about the four rules in that book! The fourth one is fasting for long periods of time which I cant see us doing. I did buy the book and did lose 7 lbs in 7 days but now we are just winging it with the same tyoes of foods and walking.

    • Nik Takano

      Hi Vanessa,

      Here are the 3 phases of the program as a reference. The first phase of the Cruise Control Diet is the metabolic reset phase. It is a very strict 2 week period (4 weeks if you are doing the Boot Camp) during which you are not allowed to have any cheat meals. You need to be strict during this phase only.

      After this, you enter the maintenance phase. This is the main phase of the weight loss. This is the period when you lose weight and adjust to the new healthier way of enjoying foods and getting healthy at the same time. It is important that during this phase you have 1 or 2 cheat meals a week.

      Cheat meals are one sitting or one occasion of eating and drinking. For example, if you have a pizza and you drink a soda with it and then have ice cream, that is all considered one cheat meal. If you have a healthy meal and finish that with an ice cream, that is also counted as one cheat meal. If you have a mid afternoon chocolate, that is also considered one cheat meal.

      What cheat meals are not is cheat days and cheat weekends. The idea is that if you eat well 21 meals a week you have something that is not good for your health but you enjoy it 1-2 times a week, in the grand picture, it will not have an significant impact on your progress but it will allow you to feel not so restricted.

      This second phase lasts for as long as you want. If you stick to this long enough you will soon realize that cheat meals are not as enjoyable or desirable after some time. As your body changes and your taste buds also change, your will taste preference will change too. With time, having a cheat meal will make you feel heavy and/or bloated and your body will start to desire these less and less.

      Phase III is the Intermittent Fasting discussed at the end of the book. It is not recommended for people with diabetes as it involves prolonged periods of fasting. It is, however, recommended if you want to lose the weight as fast as possible or simply want to speed things up.

  10. C. Walker

    Where can I buy loose green tea?

    • Nik Takano

      Hi C.Walker,

      You can google on where you can buy loose green tea for you to see the ones near to your area.

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  12. Wilfred Miller
    • Hi Wilfred,

      Although a natural product, honey is found as a rare food in nature and should be consumed as such only rarely. We recommend honey as a natural sweetener from time to time but not daily and without overindulging.

      Stevia is the best type of sweetener to use. It’s natural so it doesn’t come with the potential side effects of artificial sweeteners such as Splenda and Nutrasweet.

  13. Jillane Bosscher

    What are your thoughts on using Organic green Tea for making natural probiotic Kombucha? I brew it myself. In the past I have used natural cane sugar or Honey to ferment. Will this hinder my weight loss though the sugar is turned into fermented tea probiotic Vinegar if left too long? Can Stevia be used as an alternative?

    • Hi Jillane,

      You can use organic green tea to make Kombucha and stevia is the best type of sweetener to use. It’s natural so it doesn’t come with the potential side effects of artificial sweeteners such as Splenda and Nutrasweet.

  14. Sandra fox

    Did I see a picture of eggs or egg whites as a no no

  15. Did I see a picture of eggs or egg whites as a no no?

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