Tasty Tuesdays – Iced Green Tea
I think Green tea is delicious and I prepare this recipe daily. It’s wonderfully refreshing first thing in the morning and has become a staple in my refrigerator.
- 2 green tea bags
- lemon or lime slices
- fresh ginger slices
- fresh mint leaves
- Steep green tea in a teapot until it is room temperature, about 4 hours. If you want to add ginger or mint to this recipe, add the fresh slices or mint leaves to the teapot while the green tea is steeping.
- Remove the tea bags, ginger slices and/or mint leaves. Pour tea into a glass jar.
- Add lemon or lime slices.
- This should last a couple of days in the refrigerator.
Green tea has been a fundamental beverage in China for thousands of years and has been studied intensely because of its many health benefits. In fact, there is such an extensive amount of literature on this topic I will only highlight a few of the most interesting points here. There are numerous studies worldwide investigating the use of green tea in combination with anticancer drugs. In Japan, green tea is even officially declared a cancer preventive beverage (Suganuma et al., 2010). Catechins are the main active compound in green tea with many derivatives, one of the most highly studied being epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). This powerful polyphenol has been shown to halt abnormal cell production by preventing messages being sent to growth factors responsible for excessive cellular growth (Siddiqui et al., 2009). Other studies with EGCG have demonstrated an ability to inhibit blood vessel growth to tumors, which ultimately slow their proliferation (Lamy et al., 2002). Green tea is not only an effective chemopreventive agent (Mukhtar, et al., 1999) but animal studies have also shown it to have considerable cardiovascular protective properties (Kuriyama et al., 2006), including the ability to significantly lower total and LDL cholesterol levels (Kim et al., 2011). Given that heart disease and cancer are leading causes of death (WHO, 2011) it would be wise to include green tea in your daily beverage consumption. Just try it, it’s delicious!