Just Your Cup of Tea

cup_of_teaWith over 100 studies touting its health benefits, green tea might just be the healthiest beverage on the planet. It’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. Research shows that it can help you fight a wide range of diseases, including arthritis, cancer and diabetes.

So why is green tea superior to black tea if they both come from the same plant? The leaves are processed differently; black tea leaves are dried, while green tea leaves are lightly steamed, which helps retain healthy compounds called catechins. These do-gooder compounds offer impressive anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

Green tea has also been found to improve brain function in both the short and the long-term. Turns out the bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders.

Experts say the real benefits of green tea kick in at two to three, eight-ounce cups a day. With a myriad of varieties vying for your attention at the grocery store, drinking green tea has never been so easy … or tasty!