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Citrus and Green Tea

5th December 2014
Anthia Koullouros

A delicious and healthy tea fact.

Did you know that by adding lemon to a cup of green tea you can reap more health benefits?

Catechins, the main health compound in tea tied to reduced risk of cancer, heart attack, and other diseases, unfortunately isn’t absorbed very well in the intestines. After digestion, less than 20 percent of catechins remain.

In two studies, however, Purdue University researchers found that adding lemon juice, other citrus juice, or vitamin C helped the body absorb as much as 13 times the healthy catechins than normal. The addition of lemon juice caused 80 percent of the catechins to remain. The studies tested the effects of absorption with both rats and a human digestive model.

The researchers note that if you don’t want to squeeze a lemon into your cup, you could also just have a glass of citrus juice with your green tea.

Although a human clinical trial hasn’t been concluded yet, another study of over 42,000 Japanese men and women found that eating citrus fruit every day and also drinking at least one cup of green tea a day was significantly correlated with reduced cancer risk.

I recommend 1 teaspoon of Ovvio C-Strength Citrus organic tea with half a teaspoon of Ovvio Sencha green organic tea steeped in 2 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes. These herbs and tea may provide antioxidant support in acute illness, and also bolster immunity year-round with every sip. A natural blend of vitamin-C-rich herbs & fruit.


Certified organic ingredients: Elderberry & Flower (Sambucus nigra)

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