Green tea has been used for hundreds of years as a medicinal agent for various medical conditions. It is well known for its antioxidant properties as well as its ability to prevent the growth of cancer cells.
There are a lot more health benefits from drinking green tea. Even if you were to drink it as another kind of beverage for example a green tea smoothie recipe or a juice recipe, you will still get the same health benefits unless drank in a cocktail or some other alcohol beverage.
I’m not going to bore you too early about its health benefits but I am going to introduce to you some delicious green tea smoothie and juice recipes.
Green Tea Smoothie Recipe #1:
This smoothie recipe is one of my personal favourites! I’ve also experimented with my spirulina smoothie recipe and it works very well too!
1 cup blueberries
1 cup of frozen bananas
1 cup green tea
1 cup kale
1 cup crushed ice
Getting all the ingredients on the list is easy. The trick here is to prepare the perfect brew of green tea.
Before you get too excited about making green tea, you need to remember 2 things when brewing:
- You MUST NOT use boiling water when brewing green tea, otherwise you will get a bittery taste when drinking. This won’t taste like the real thing. Aim for a maximum temperature of 85 degrees Celsius which is also about 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
- You should only let green tea steep for 2-3 minutes. Steeping it longer will cause it to loose its potency and taste.
Once you’ve done preparing green tea, you can than pour it in a blender and include all the other ingredients into it.
You will get a beautiful creamy green tea smoothie with full of natural goodness and antioxidants. I can guarantee that this recipe is enough to keep you going for the day without a caffeine kick!
N.B: If you add milk to this recipe, the antioxidant properties of green tea will be reduced.
Green Tea Smoothie Recipe #2:
This next smoothie recipe will give you a very delicious creamy texture, guaranteed to please the kids and those who love a thicker texture in their smoothies.
1 cup green tea
1 or ½ cup of frozen yoghurt ( I prefer 1 whole cup!)
1 cup kale
1 cup frozen bananas
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup crushed ice
Preparation is easy. Once again, follow the appropriate steps to brew green tea. Gather all the other ingredients on the list. You can add milk if you want an even creamier texture. Yes, there will be less antioxidants in your green tea smoothie but this is up to you.
An optional add-on ingredient would be pineapple slices to this recipe. As with the previous smoothie recipe, you would want to use frozen bananas because it is easier to juice then raw ones. For raw ones, you will need a good masticating juicer, otherwise your juice yield would be low.
Now that these two green tea smoothies look more appetizing to you, it is time to know more about the health benefits of green tea.
Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea
Outstanding Antioxidant: The antioxidant properties of green tea comes mainly from a polyphenol called catechin. This compound is also found in other types of tea. Catechin removes free-radicals from the human body. Free-radicals can come from the environment and also from our own bodies as a by-product of metabolism.
Free radicals damages cells, thereby, causing the process of aging, causes impaired healing and increases the likelihood of getting cardiovascular disease and other health problems. Other contributing environmental factors include extensive sun exposure, smoking and environmental pollution also aggravate the production of free-radicals. The antioxidants in green tea help the body to get rid of free radicals and reduce their production.
Inhibits Carcinogenic Cells: A study published in Cancer Research and the International Journal of Cancer showed that a compound in green tea known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) has been reported to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and metastasis. More specifically these types of cancer cells refer to gastric cancer cells and some breast cancer cell types. One study also showed that it even enhances the effects of doxorubicin, a potent chemotherapeutic drug used in treatment of various cancers.
The exact mechanism is not known however, it is believed that ECGC and other anticancer compounds in green tea modify the activity of cancer cells and prevent metastasis and cell division.
Mediate Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy: Those of us who have gone through chemotherapy or know someone going through would be familiar with the terrible side effects of treatment. One study from the Journal of Nutrition showed that green tea reduces damage to normal tissue cells from chemotherapy and radiotherapy
Assists In The Treatment of Type I Diabetes: Green tea has been found beneficial for the patients of type-I diabetes. Drinking green tea on a regular basis, may maintain the regulation of blood glucose level in the human body. Green tea specifically benefits individuals who either run a risk of developing Diabetes-I or those who already have the disease.
Reduces LDL Cholesterol: Green tea, also plays an integral role in the reduction of LDL cholesterol by blocking the peroxidation of LDL, (which is harmful for the normal functioning of human body) an integral step in the formation of atherosclerotic plaques on our blood vessels.
An accumulation of LDL cholesterol may result in various cardiac ailments. However, green tea enhances the production of HDL cholesterol (that is advantageous for the body). The precise mechanism of how green tea increases HDL production is still not known. However, the fact that green tea carries immense significance in raising the good-cholesterol level, has been well established.
Moreover, research has also revealed that there are certain chemicals in green tea that may make cholesterol absorption difficult for human body, thereby, resulting in weight loss and a maintained body shape.
Reduces Liver Problems: Drinking around ten cups of green tea may help reduce the overall risk of liver ailments. Moreover, green tea also prevents accumulation of toxic chemicals in our bodies.
There are numerous advantages of drinking green tea regularly; however, caution must always be exercised in case of pregnant ladies, cardiac patients, patients with bleeding problem, patients using blood thinning drugs, anxiety patients etc. It is highly recommended that you consult a general physician or appropriate medical professional before using green tea regularly because it, definitely, offers you a lot of caffeine.