Read about these proven green tea extract benefits so you will know how to keep healthy and how to get your quickest daily dose of green tea when traveling.
Many books have been written about the benefits of green tea, but by now we all know there is no 1 miracle food that cures all and makes you live until 200 years old. Now I can settle with 100, which is the age of many people from the Okinawa islands in Japan. Green tea is the favorite choice of drink in their Okinawa diet.
Proven green tea benefits
- reducing the risk of getting cancer: Japan, a heavily consumer of green tea, has the world’s lowest rate of prostate cancer. Again no miracle food: Japanese people eat a lot of fresh fish and stay away from processed food.
- 4000 year old Chinese remedy to treat anything from depression to headache
- enhancing the overall immune system
- lowering total cholesterol and "bad" LDL-cholesterol, increasing "good" HDL-cholesterol levels
- reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes, reducing or maintaining a proper blood pressure, acting as a “blood thinner”
- detox and loosing weight: green tea contains antioxidants to help cleanse your body of toxins and various waste accumulated through bad dietary habits:
- as such improving your metabolic rate: or in plain English: you will burn more fat
- boosting your energy and preventing any cases of lethargy
- improving skin condition
Added benefits of green tea extract
I am especially fond of the liquid green tea extracts:
- easy to carry along when traveling: the bottles are as small as a nose drops bottle but could last you a whole month
- save time: drops are instant! No need to boil water, no need to wait 5 minutes for the tea to be infused
- delicious: some of the extracts like from the brand Chi Tea contain other natural extracts that counter the typical bitter taste of a green tea. When you aren’t able to find a delicious yet healthy liquid extract, then we advice you to buy concentrated green tea tablets.
- don’t need to go to the bathroom so often: in order to get the same effect from a few drops of extract, you should drink a few cups of freshly brewed green tea.
- more effective than fresh green tea: a few drops have the same effect than your daily dose of liquid consumption, the on average 2 liters or 9 cups a day.
How to drink liquid green tea extract
Always read the label carefully and ask your health provider for advice.
When there are no instructions, then follow these guidelines:
- standard dosages are 20-25 green tea drops up to three times daily, not longer than 2 weeks in a row
- use a glass dropper to remove one dropper-full of liquid green tea extract from the bottle. When the extract doesn’t provide a dropper, then you need to buy one from a drug store, a health food store, or an online retailers. Next time make sure to by liquid extract that comes with a dropper!
- add 20-25 drops of the liquid green tea to one 8-ounce (250 ml) glass of distilled or spring water. If you don’t like the taste, then use less water and add some organic fruit or vegetable juice. Try different brands of green tea extracts as they come in different flavors.
- stir, combine thoroughly and drink immediately.
What is the best green tea extract you can buy
When you buy these extracts, you have the choice between:
- decaffeinated and
- "more extracts in one bottle".
Pure should logically mean that the extract contains only green tea. However do read the label to find out what’s really in the bottle. Misleading name examples:
- The Green Tea Pure in the picture above, isn’t just a pure green tea extract, but it is mixed with liquid extracts from other healthy extracts: Goji Berry and Acai Berries, hence it is a "more extracts in 1 bottle" mixture.
- Chi Teas offers "Chi Tea Ultimate Green Tea" (picture here on the right). Again a mixture of healthy natural extracts, apart from green tea including concentrated natural extracts of Goji Berry, Astragalus and Lohan Kuo (a natural herbal sweetener): all in all a delicious mixture.
When possible, always buy organic green tea extracts. When caffeine gives you bad side-effects, then do buy a decaffeinated extract.
Chi Tea Ultimate Green Tea mixture is free of caffeine, free of alcohol, free of fluoride, free of herbicides, free of pesticides. The tea and other plant extracts included are all from organic produce. And as mentioned, it tastes great: very important when you want to stick to a new diet or a new drink in your diet.
The other Chi Tea Ultimate Green Tea ingredients are:
- Little strips of Astragalus Root (Hang Qi) to boost the immune system, increase energy and improve breathing.
- Goji Berry: this superfood doesn’t need any more introduction and when at my Chinese parents in law, it’s a typical ingredient in their herbal soups.
- Natural sweetener Luo Han Kuo : easy to spot in your Asian supermarket as they look similar to wooden kiwifruit.
This particular Chi Tea concentrate is a super anti-oxidant, containing more than 95% Polyphenols and 62% EGCG anti-oxidants. Extracts like this are always more potent as the original: a 30-drop dose of this concentrate diluted in a teacup of hot water is equivalent to more than 10 cups (your daily dose of fluids needed) of normal green tea.
Whichever extract you buy: always make sure it comes from organic produce and read the label for additives you don’t want: you especially never want to buy added sugar in any of your purchases.
Summarized: Green tea extracts give you a convenient way to consume lots of green tea without the hassle of cooking leaves and concentrating the green tea benefits at east 10 fold. Look for organic produced extracts like the Chi Tea brand and when possible, choose extracts that taste great and combine more than 1 ingredient because diversification is the key of a healthy diet.