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The Truth about Green Tea

A Health Powerhouse or Mostly Hype?

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  • PS... for those that don't like the flavor, you can cook with it. Therapeutic levels (from Japanese use) are 10 cups a day! That's why I use the ground leaf form - in baked goods, even on meat if you don't like the flavor). But I do like the flavor. And I like even more having no JOINT pain (I've been in a car wreck and a horse wreck - no joint pain at all!) - 1/24/2013 1:46:04 PM
  • I use a ground leaf green tea (about a tsp a day, equivalent of about 10 cups) and found that it directly correlates to relieving joint pain. I started when I had a cancer dx - took this and other measures for 3 months before - interestingly, no cancer found after the hysterectomy. - 1/24/2013 1:44:06 PM
  • LUNELA
    Just finished a workout on here, ate breakfast (light strawberry yogurt and nutrisystem double chocolate healthy bar) and drinking green tea. :) Cheers! - 1/23/2013 8:43:18 AM
  • in reference to MORVALTUR, who said that no tea should be steeped for 6-10 minutes, I am afraid I will have to correct you... green tea DOES need to be steeped for 6-10 minutes, this is verified by the package labels of any good, quality green tea vendor. - 1/22/2013 5:54:45 PM
  • A great well searched and researched article. Becky... I am drinking it for breast cancer a couple of cups a day for prevention.... combined with mushroom eaten daily lowers the risk lots. - 1/14/2013 1:03:54 AM
  • BLUEFAIRYTALE
    Lots of interesting facts. I love tea. - 8/1/2012 8:39:29 PM
  • Wow, did not know that green tea may affect the absorbtion of iron! I must keep that in mind and not have it with meals then!! Other than that, I'm glad it does have some good effects and will keep on drinking it. - 8/1/2012 7:51:33 PM
  • Glad I read this as I tried drinking it a few times but I just don't care for it. Kind of felt I should drink it for the health benefits but looks like I really don't have to drink it if I don't like it. ;) - 8/1/2012 6:29:48 PM
  • I started drinking this last year, but I drink Decaf. Does that matter? Nothing was mentioned about decafinated green tea?!!??! - 8/1/2012 4:21:58 PM
  • This was a terrific article! It provided quite a bit of explanation, examples, and reasoning in concise, but not dumbed-down, terms. I read it while drinking my morning cup of Guayaki green tea, which I began after reading David Servan-Schreiber's "Anticancer: A New Way of Life" a few years ago. - 8/1/2012 3:49:15 PM
  • The warning to drink no more than 5 cups a day, is that because of the caffeine? Very informative article! Thank you. - 8/1/2012 3:41:03 PM
  • Interesting article. Thanks for the information. Especially in reference to iron absorption since I'm anemic and take iron supplements 3 times a day. - 8/1/2012 1:47:20 PM
  • My most recent favorite green tea is Stash Chai Green. Lovely flavors! To me green tea is a little bland by itself, so it benefits from spices and fruits and other nice flavors. I drink it because I like it, and the potential health benefits are just an added bonus. - 8/1/2012 1:38:33 PM
  • i think the "weight loss' bit comes from people replacing say, soda, pop, pepsi, coke.. with green tea. Then it helps you loose as you're not consuming those high fructose / sugar calories. Unsweetened teas of any kind, indeed water, would help you loose weight in that reguard.

    - 8/1/2012 1:30:45 PM
  • I love the fresh green teas. I just ordered sme 2012 pickings of Misty Green - its absolutely my favourite tea. Just drop a few leaves into a cup and brew. I also enjoy iced green tea with lemon. - 8/1/2012 12:03:08 PM

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