Going for Green Tea

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I am a coffee lover. I love the smell of it brewing in the coffee pot in the morning, I love the way it tastes and the way it perks me up in the morning (pun intended).  However, I am a three cup (at least) coffee drinker per day, and I know the beating it takes on my adrenal glands, and waistline ( I add sugar and cream to it) … and I know this isn’t good.

So, starting today, I am going to go cold turkey and switch to green tea (I drink it black).  The reason I chose green tea is not only because of its health benefits, but because it is also contains caffeine, although only about a quarter of what is found in a cup of coffee. I do need a little caffeine in the morning. According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database compiled by the Editors of Pharmcist’s Letter, green tea may possibly be effective for mental alertness, bladder cancer, esophogeal cancer, pancreatic cancer, cervical dysplasia, cholesterol, hyoptension, ovarian cancer, Parkinson’s  and weight loss, just to name a few.

The benefits are most likely due to a combination of its caffeine content and EGCG, a powerful antioxidant found in green tea. If you are not a fan of green tea, there are supplements available which can give you all the benefits of green tea without having to prepare it.

I will keep you posted on how my coffee break up is going. I am on my way to brew me some more green tea.

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