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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Consume Green Tea With Lemon To Improve Health Benefits

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

Green tea extract benefits will be substantially increased when mixed with lemon juice. To understand this idea, let's first analyze the importance of food combination.

Many diet experts will certainly agree that blending food can positively or negatively affect a person's health condition. Most people in discomfort with acid reflux after a buffet may blame the large amount of food, but in most instances poor food mixing is the contributing factor. As an example, blending melon with another food is not a smart idea.



Fruits in general are digested in the stomach without any problems. Melons are over 90 percent water meaning they break down even faster. If the digestive system is delayed due to combination with other food, fermentation takes place in the stomach possibly triggering excessive gas, acid reflux, upset stomach and indigestion. On the flip side, certain food combinations increase the health rewards by helping the food absorption.

One example of a good combination is olives and tomatoes. Tomatoes are recognized as a great provider of Lycopene in the realm of diet. Fight against heart diseases and protection from cancer are some of the well recognized benefits of Lycopene. Positive effects are enhanced when tomatoes are consumed simultaneously with olives. Absorption of Lycopene are increased by olives. Now what about lemon and tea?

Healthy heart, digestive aid, diabetes prevention, weight loss and cancer prevention are the various green tea benefits. These health rewards are possible thanks to green tea's antioxidant, catechins. Despite the positive effects of catechins, studies show that these antioxidants are unstable in the human intestines after digestion allowing only around 20 percent of them for absorption.

Lemon also provides antioxidant which is vitamin C. It helps with some of lemon's health improvement abilites for example digestive aid, skin care, and fight against throat infections. Importantly vitamin C provides right environment for catechins to be available longer when mixed together.

By the addition of Vitamin C, human intestine turns to an acidic environment for catechins. Doing this makes catechins to be more available for absorption. In fact it does not have to be lemon. Any citrus juice like grapefruit, orange or lime will help with the absorption function. Yet lemon seems to be the most effective of all suggesting that some other elements of lemon are also helping the stabilizing effect.

Blending tea and lemon juice can also be more delicious considering green tea's natural flavor is bitter. For people searching for an option to green tea, there are a lot of green tea tablets with vitamin C.




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