A well studied and featured longevity food is actually a beverage—and one that is consumed more than any other beverage in the world, other than water: green tea.
In his new book, The Secrets of Longevity Cookbook, Dr. Maoshing Ni lists green tea as one of the top ten foods for health and longevity. During his twenty-five years of studying centenarians, he noticed that the same ten foods kept recurring again and again in the diets of long-living individuals, and green tea definitely tops the charts in the beverage category.
Green tea has been enjoyed in Asia for thousands of years, and with all the buzz about the health benefits associated with tea, it is rapidly becoming very popular in the US. Green tea is actually the steamed, rolled, and dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Many preliminary studies have associated drinking green tea with helping lower the risk of certain types of cancer, improving cholesterol levels, lowering heart disease risk, boosting alertness, and aiding in weight loss. The healthy benefits of green tea are thought to come from its antioxidant compounds known as flavonoids. Additionally, green tea usually has quite a bit less caffeine than coffee (cup for cup).
To get the most out of green tea: Brew it yourself. The pre- bottled beverages tend to contain far fewer of the health-boosting flavonoids and often much more sugar or sugar substitutes than you would add on your own. If you’re not into drinking tea or would like to add to your green tea intake, check out our Brabec Basics Green Tea capsules: All natural; gluten, sugar, soy free and for $3.91 for 60 caps – It’s hard to beat!
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