Detox your Diet: Why we love Green Tea

by Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND January 09, 2009

Green tea is one of the least processed teas, and thus provides the most antioxidant properties. Green tea contains Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits linked to green tea. Green tea not only tastes great, but it also delivers the highest concentration of beneficial nutrients and contains a minimal amount of caffeine.

Green tea is particularly rich in health-promoting flavonoids, which are commonly known for their antioxidant activity. EGCG found in green tea is thought to play a vital role in green tea's anticancer and antioxidant effects.

Most of the research showing the health benefits of green tea is based on the amount of green tea typically consumed in Asian countries; about 3 cups per day. Just one cup of green tea supplies 20-35 mg of EGCG, which has the highest antioxidant activity of all the green tea flavonoids.

Green tea drinkers appear to have lower risk for a wide range of diseases, from simple bacterial or viral infections to chronic degenerative conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, periodontal disease, and osteoporosis.

If you don't like drinking plain water, try adding green tea to your water. Remember you need to drink at least 8 cups of water a day! (Another tip: instead of plain water - add some lemon for taste; lemon also helps stimulate your liver, thus aids in digestion and detoxification).

Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND
Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND


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