The Healthiest Beverage on Earth

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

March 13, 2020

One of my favorite times of the day is late in the evening.

That’s when I sit outdoors on the patio weather permitting and enjoy a cup or two of green tea.

It’s a soothing time. I sit back and listen to the sounds of nature around me… wild parrots, families of ducks, and the fish splashing in the water behind my house.

It’s not just the relaxing sounds that make me feel good… it’s also the tea itself.

You see, green tea contains l-theanine, which helps send me into a nice state of relaxation. It calms my nerves and ensures a good night’s sleep later on.

But green tea isn’t just good for unwinding after a long day. It also packs an impressive punch of health benefits!

This beverage has been considered a “cure-all” for centuries. And today’s top-notch researchers are proving over and over again that the health benefits are worthy of our attention.

Drink it Hot or Cold: The Long List of Green Tea Benefits

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My daily tea ritual includes two large stainless steel cups of chilled green tea. (I do live in Florida after all!)

I like it because it takes delicious and helps keep my brain sharp as I age.

Besides inducing feelings of relaxation, green tea also works in your brain to ward off mental decline.

As it turns out, people over the age of 55 who drink tea on a regular basis can cut their risk of cognitive decline by around 50% over the next five years.

Better yet, those carrying the APOE-e4 gene – the one that places you at a higher risk of Alzheimer’s – can potentially reduce the risk of mental decline by as much as 86% with regular tea consumption.

Now, I’m not saying tea will work the same way for everyone. But with numbers like these, it makes huge sense for all APOE-e4 carriers to become avid tea drinkers.

To top things off, we’ve recently learned that people who consume tea four times a week over 25 years have more efficient interconnections between brain regions.

Just think of your brain as a road map. When the roads are well organized, it’s a lot easier to get where you’re going.

In the same vein, the better and more efficiently your brain regions are organized, the faster and easier you can process information.

How’s that for some great news! But that’s not even close to the end of it.

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Here’s What Else Green Tea Can Do for You

You might be surprised to learn that green tea works at the genetic level. In fact, it can reduce damage to your genes by about 20%. Plus, the epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) in green tea has the ability to reactivate tumor inhibiting genes.

In other words, drinking green tea can actually help protect your body from cancer.

At the same time, green tea is known to protect the length of your telomeres. Telomeres are protective DNA caps on the ends of your chromosomes.

As your cells divide during aging, these telomeres get shorter and shorter. The quicker your telomeres shorten, the faster you age.

So it’s important to note that people who drink about three cups of green tea each day have longer telomeres than people who don’t. Their telomeres are about five years younger than people who don’t drink it.

Green tea literally helps your body act and feel younger!

To top all of this great news off, green tea also slashes the risk of diabetes, reduces arterial stiffness, lowers the chance of a stroke, improves your gut lining and helps protect against cardiovascular death. Plus, women who enjoy one to three cups of tea daily have greater bones density than women who aren’t tea-drinkers.

Every time I chug down a glass of chilled green tea after being outdoors in the heat… every time I sit on the porch enjoying it in a hot mug… I know I’m doing both my brain and my body a world of good.

So, what’s stopping you? Why not grab a glass of your own? I’m waiting for a cup to cool down right now.

When choosing a green tea, I recommend using loose, organic tea leaves. These often contain higher levels of the antioxidant EGCG. You might also try something like The Republic of Tea’s organic choices. Be sure to go for the unbleached tea bags.

And, in case you’re wondering about green tea supplements… I recommend you stay away. There have been some reports of liver problems when people overdo it with these supplements.

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