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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Gain Maximum Tea Benefits By Adding Lemon

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

The benefits of green tea may be notably boosted when lemon is included. To help fully grasp this idea, it is necessary to first explore the negative and positive effects of combining food.

A number of nutritionists will probably agree that mixing food can damage or aid a person's physical health. An individual experiencing heartburn from a buffet may blame the large amount of food, yet in many situations bad food combination is the contributing problem. For example, blending melon with any other food is not a smart decision.

Many fruits in most cases are very easily digested in the stomach. Melons break down actually faster than other fruit, because they are more than 90 percent water. If the digestion of food is delayed as a result of combination with other food, fermentation occurs in the stomach possibly causing upset stomach, indigestion, excessive gas and acid reflux. However, some food combinations enhance the health rewards by assisting the absorption.

An example of an excellent combination is tomatoes and olives. In the nutrient world, tomatoes are reported to be a fantastic source of Lycopene. Lycopene has benefits such as fight against heart diseases and cancer. When tomatoes are eaten at the same time with olives the health advantages are increased. Olives increase the absorption of Lycopene. How about green tea with lemon?

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

Lemon is also known for antioxidant which is vitamin C. It allows for some of lemon's positive aspects like digestive aid, skin care, and fight against throat infections. Importantly vitamin C allows more suitable environment for catechins to be available longer when combined together.

Vitamin C provides an acidic environment for catechins in the human intestines. Doing this makes catechins to be more available for absorption. After all it does not have to be lemon. Any citrus fruit juice like orange, lime or grapefruit will increase the absorption process. Yet lemon appears to be the most effective of all indicating that additional elements of lemon juice are potentially helping to the catechins availability.

Because the natural taste of tea is bitter, adding lemon juice to tea can be tastier. For individuals searching for an option to tea, one can find a lot of green tea pills with vitamin C.

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