Why You Should Ingest Green Tea as a Supplement
The health benefits of green tea are most effective when ingested as a supplement and not just a drink.
We all know that holistic health is largely a result of microbial balance, reduced stress, and reduced inflammation. Green tea works to optimize all three of these aspects because it contains high levels of polyphenols found in catechins. These compound molecules are little miracle workers. Why?
They reduce the risk of heart disease by helping the lining of blood vessels cope with changes in blood pressure. This anti-inflammatory signal reduces the risk of blood clots and targets and lowers LDL cholesterol. Polyphenols have also been shown to fight cancer cells while maintaining the integrity of surrounding healthy skin tissue and lessen the cell damage caused by UV rays and aging. Polyphenols are antibacterial and antiviral, reducing exposure to infection and promoting positive oral and gut microbiota growth.
So, you might be asking, what are the downsides of green tea?
Well, to receive the full benefits of polyphenols, you need to drink around five cups a day. And, to be honest, that’s a lot of caffeine and tannins. It’s a delicate balance because a small amount of caffeine, roughly one cup of coffee or one matcha smoothie, is good for your gut and oral microbiome. But we're aware, usually from experience, that too much caffeine increases anxiety and has harmful effects on our general and mental health. Many people are caffeine sensitive and have cut it from their diets due to acne, pregnancy, nerves, etc. It is also worth noting that caffeine interacts adversely with prescription medication, especially antidepressants, and tannins decrease folic acid and iron absorption.
So can drinking too much green tea undo the health benefits of drinking the right amount? Yes! However, the green tea in Dr. Heff’s Remarkable Mints does not contain caffeine or tannins but is bursting with polyphenols. Meaning, you can have a cup of green tea or a matcha smoothie and then top up your polyphenol intake with Dr. Heff's for superhuman benefits! Want another bonus? Dr. Heff's will stop your smoothie or cuppa from stripping your enamel and make your breath smell nice.
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