Did you know that most of the free-radical fighters in green tea never make it to your bloodstream? But there's a solution.
To get a better grasp on the healthy catechins in your green tea, flavor your cup with a squeeze of citrus juice.
Green Tea Booster
-- the antioxidants in green tea famous for lowering your risk of
chronic disease -- quickly lose their power in your intestine. In fact,
as much as 80% of the catechins in green tea are never absorbed. The
solution to boosting absorption, researchers recently found, is as
simple as flavoring your tea with freshly squeezed and strained lemon,
orange, lime, or grapefruit juice.
Taking Tea with C
vitamin C in citrus may help with absorption by increasing the acidity
in your small intestine. Other unidentified substances in the juice
probably lend a hand, too. Researchers found a 50-50 mix had the
greatest catechin-preserving effect, and lemon did it best, closely
followed by orange, lime, and, in last place, grapefruit.
It's Not All Bad News
If you do take steps to boost the power of your green tea, you may even get a few added benefits.
* It may help you lose weight. At least one study shows green tea can stimulate moderate weight loss.
* It may help keep your knees young and strong -- catechins fight inflammation and arthritis.
* It can help your skin look great if used in conjunction with an antioxidant cream. Dab it on.