In a study of more than 40,500 men and women from Japan, those who drank five or more cups of green tea every day had the lowest risk of dying of heart disease and stroke.
The researchers attributed the protective effect of catechins, powerful antioxidants. The problem is that less than 20% of these relatively unstable compounds survive digestion.
To get more out of each glass, squeeze a little lemon juice. Vitamin C in lemons helps your body to absorb 13 times more catechins than can be obtained only from ordinary tea, according to a study from Purdue University.
Sip the contents of your heart:
By encouraging catechin vitamin C, you can help your heart by drinking one or two cups a day. If you lime sour, squeeze a little orange, lime or grapefruit juice, they will increase antioxidant absorption, too, but to a lesser extent. Just skip the milk – it actually interferes with the absorption and stick to freshly boiled tea, hot or cold. Catechins bottled ready for drinking are ineffective. (Follow these 5 steps to make the perfect tea every time.)