Green Tea – Have a Cup (or a few) for Good Health

Posted 05/28/2013 | By HealthCorps

A recent study published in the American Heart Association journal, Stroke, suggests that green tea can help to cut the risk of a stroke.  The more green tea consumed by the participants, the greater the protective influence of the green tea.  The study, which included over 82,000 men and women, showed that an intake of 4 cups a day of green tea was linked to a 20% reduction in stroke risk, compared to those who rarely drink tea.

Green tea consumption has also been associated with reduced risk of cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and hypertension.  Green tea has also been shown to nudge your metabolic rate when you consume several cups daily.  Another study showed that obese individuals who consumed green tea or took green tea supplements, showed improvement in metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors associated with heart disease and diabetes.

Drink it hot or cold, consider adding brewed green tea to a yogurt smoothie, or make a tea spritzer out of brewed green tea and club soda with a dash of lime or lemon.

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