The benefits of green tea can be notably increased when combined with lemon. To help understand this theory, let us first examine the importance of food combination.
Most nutrition experts will likely agree that blending food can harm or benefit a person’s health condition. Most people experiencing acid reflux after a buffet may blame the amount of food, however in most instances bad food mixing is the contributing factor. For example, combining melon with another food is a bad combination.
Fruit in most cases are broken down inside the stomach without having issues. Melons are above 90 percent water which means they break down even faster. If the digestive process is delayed as a result of blending with other food, fermentation occurs in the stomach possibly causing excessive gas, acid reflux, upset stomach and indigestion. On the flip side, certain food mixtures improve the health rewards by assisting the absorption.
One example of a very good combination is olives and tomatoes. In the world of diet, tomatoes are reported to be a very good supply of Lycopene. Lycopene offers health advantages such as protection from cancer and fight against heart diseases. When tomatoes are consumed at the same time with olives the health rewards are boosted. Olives improve the absorption of Lycopene. Now what about lemon and tea?
Weight loss, cancer prevention, healthy heart, digestive aid and diabetes prevention are some of the tea benefits. These benefits are all achievable thanks to green tea’s antioxidant, catechins. Despite the benefits of catechins, studies have shown these antioxidants are unstable in the human intestines after digestion leaving only about 20 percent of them for absorption.
Lemon is also known for antioxidant which is vitamin C. It allows for some of lemon’s benefits such as digestive aid, skin care, and fight against throat infections. More to the point vitamin C provides suitable environment for catechins to survive when combined together.
Vitamin C provides an acidic environment for catechins inside the human intestines. This process makes catechins to be more available for absorption. In fact it does not need to be lemon. Any citrus fruit juice like grapefruit, orange or lime will improve the absorption process. Yet lemon appears to be the most effective of all indicating that additional components of lemon juice also are helping the catechins availability.
Blending tea and lemon juice can also be tastier considering green tea’s natural taste is bitter. For people interested in an option to tea, there are also many selections of green tea tablets with vitamin C.
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