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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Combining Lemon And Tea Can Boost The Benefits

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon.
This image shows a whole and a cut lemon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Sean Anderson

Green tea health benefits will be significantly greater when lemon juice is mixed. In order to fully understand this idea, one must first explore the health impacts of food combination.

Many nutritionists will certainly agree that mixing food can damage or help a person's physical health. Most people experiencing indigestion from a buffet like meal may blame the "All You Can Eat" policy, but in some situations bad food mixing is the contributing problem. For instance, combining melon with any other food is not a smart idea.

In most cases fruits are digested within the stomach without any problems. Melons are above 90 percent water meaning that they break down even faster. If the digestion of food is delayed because of blending with other food, fermentation takes place in the stomach potentially triggering acid reflux, upset stomach, indigestion and excessive gas. On the flip side, some food blends enhance the health benefits by assisting the absorption.

Tomatoes and olives are a great food combination. In the world of nutrition, tomatoes are identified as a very good source of Lycopene. Lycopene offers health rewards such as fight against cancer and heart diseases. When tomatoes are consumed simultaneously with olives the health rewards are increased. Olives improve the absorption of Lycopene. How about lemon and green tea?

Digestive aid, diabetes prevention, weight loss, cancer prevention and healthy heart are the various tea benefits. These health benefits are achievable because of green tea's antioxidant, catechins. Even though the positive factors of catechins are great, researches indicate that these antioxidants are easily degraded inside the human intestines following digestion no more than 20 percent of them will be remaining for absorption.

Lemon also has antioxidant that is vitamin C. It plays a role in some of lemon's benefits for example digestive aid, skin care, and fight against throat infections. More to the point vitamin C creates more desirable environment for catechins to be available longer when mixed together.

With the addition of Vitamin C, human intestine turns to an acidic environment for catechins. Doing so allows catechins to be more available for absorption. In fact it does not need to be lemon. Any citrus juice such as grapefruit, orange or lime will boost the absorption process. However lemon are the most effective of all indicating that some other components of lemon juice also are contributing to the stabilizing effect.

Because the natural taste of tea is bitter, adding lemon juice to tea can be more delicious. For individuals trying to find an alternative option to green tea, there are also many green tea pills with vitamin C.

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