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5 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

Looking for a simple resolution to improve your overall health? Start drinking green tea. My beverage of choice, green tea is a potent source of catechins - healthy antioxidants that can inhibit cancer cell activity and help boost immunity. Need more reasons to drink green tea? It can also:

  1. Lower cholesterol levels and rates of heart disease
  2. Help protect against bacterial infections
  3. Promote joint health and stronger bones
  4. Reduce inflammation
  5. Enhance the effects of antibiotics, even against drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs”

Green tea is available in a wide range of varieties - introduce yourself by substituting a cup of green tea for a cup of coffee and you will soon be enjoying the health benefits of this delicious beverage! Learn to appreciate the subtle fragrance of good-quality green tea and use tea time to unwind, meditate and take respite from your stress du jour.

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    Green TeaMedical researchers have had good evidence for the health benefits of green tea for quite some time now. Evidence for its ability to prevent cancer (and perhaps slow the progression of) through a high antioxidant content (through polyphenol co...

Reader Comments (14)

I note that Dr Weil writes about the benefits of dark chocolate and how the saturated fats may benefit cholesterol levels. Does this mean he might be changing his mind about the benefits of saturated fats in coconut oil (also from a non-animal source)?

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela Garcia

I agree that supplementing with green tea will bring many health benefits. However I am a cancer survivor who needs lots of the good stuff in my system and cannot always drink the 5-10 cups each day that are recommended. Therefore I supplement with green tea extract (one capsule = 250 mgs) daily.

David Emerson

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Emerson

I am unapologetically addicated to green tea. I make sure to down several cups a day (not more than that, I'm super-sensitive to caffiene). More and more info keeps popping up on the health benefits of this stuff... my favorite (lately) is a study on how green tea helps protect your teeth!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHealthy Andy

The benefits of drinking green tea and preventing cancers have been analyzed in clinical data. It's important to know exactly which types of cancers have been proven to be more likely prevented or managed by green tea. The Natural Standard gives Green tea a C grade for preventing cancer in general, as well as breaks down which cancers have been specifically studied in trials. See which other natural herbs and supplements have been known to help combat the symptoms of cancer at

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNilisha Patel

Couldn't agree more! Love green tea!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne Gumbleton

In our house we drink it hot in the morning and iced the rest of the day.Jasmine green tea is my favorite and I consume on average of 10-12 cups a day.I switch to herbal blends after 8pm.All unsweetened ofcourse.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Candelario

I do the same in the summer with green tea, I turn it into ice tea. I add mint leaves, a squeeze of lemon, and a bit of honey. Very refreshing and thirst quenching.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergreengirl

I drink black tea in the morning. I drink the Zen green tea all afternoon. It's funny that when I have the green tea I want dark chocolate. When I am eating dark chocolate..I want it with green tea. I love it and really crave it after lunch especially. I think it also helps with digestion.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVita

I drink Japanese Sencha green tea, as I heard it was most beneficial. I order it online. Wish I could find it locally a little cheaper. Any ideas?

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterG550guy

I don't like the taste of green tea on its own so I mix it with nettle tea and add lemon. It's delicious and the nettle tea has extraordinary health benefits of its own. Perhaps Dr. Weill could weigh in there.

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

I'm not sure what kind of Green Tea to buy or where, I guess Mother's or Trader's Joe's might work. I have Lupus & thought it might work as an anti inflammatory plus it tastes good.I just tried some at my local grocery store, I add some honey to it otherwise it's tasteless

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershirley

I ordered Matcha Tea online today and am very excited but was wondering what does it taste like?! Thank you! Love your Blog, Dr.Weil.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara{OneTribeGourmet}

David If you have two cups of premium grade Matcha Green tea a day then that's like 20 cups of regular green tea. I drink Domatcha. Read this for all the benefits which trumps regular green tea.

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana

HI, Does green tean help with weight loss? Or high Triglycerides?

Thank you.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha
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