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Add these 5 ingredients to your freshly brewed cup of green tea and see the magic

Green tea has plenty of benefits, but you can make it more potent in these ways. Find out more in this piece.
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Green tea can not just be good for your overall health but your hair health too. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Updated: 9 Feb 2021, 16:19 pm IST
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Green tea is one of the most popular and widely consumed beverages. It is not only consumed for its health benefits, but can also help you with weight loss! That’s because it is rich in EGCG, a well-known antioxidant,  and is also a powerhouse of nutrients, including vitamin B. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that help to accelerate your metabolism, give you glowing skin and boost immunity. 

This beverage is healthy, but can become even healthier with these five ingredients. Here’s what you need to add: 

1. Stevia leaf

Stevia is a safe and natural sweetener, and it can sweeten your green tea with no negative health effects. You can add stevia leaves to your green tea and remove it, before serving. It’s associated with several health benefits such as reducing calorie intake, blood sugar levels, weight loss, cholesterol level, and the risk of cavities. 

2. Honey

Honey is a great choice to add to your green tea, as it is a healthy alternative to sugar. It makes your green tea less bitter. The antioxidants in green tea combine with the abundant vitamins and minerals in honey, making it a super healthy drink. This concoction helps to treat infections, gives you healthy skin, and strengthens your immune system. 

3. Lemon

Lemon juice counteracts the green tea bitter taste. According to researchers at Purdue University, ‘citrus juice enhances the antioxidants of green tea, which makes it more beneficial for your body. But make sure to let your green tea cool down, and then squeeze some lemon into it.

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Green tea with lemon is packed with double the nutrients. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Mint leaves and cinnamon 

The infusion of mint in green tea is common, because it offers significant health benefits like boosting your immune system, improving digestion, and also curbing your hunger. On the other hand, cinnamon speeds up weight loss and metabolism, and more.

5. Ginger

When ginger is combined with green tea, its health benefits increase. Ginger green tea strengthens your immunity, reduces stress, helps in weight loss and respiratory issues. Ginger also may help to prevent cancer, and is used to treat asthma, diabetes, and relieve menstrual symptoms.

The most important thing to keep in mind regarding green tea is the timing. 

The worst time to consume green tea

Drinking green tea is worse for your health after consuming a meal, before going to bed, and right after consuming any medicine. Also, you might believe that consuming green tea on an empty stomach is good for your metabolism, but it is not true at all. Drinking green tea at the wrong time will prevent your body from absorbing the minerals in green tea, such as iron, copper, and chromium.

The best time to consume green tea

The best time to drink green tea is in the morning and between your meals, for example two hours before or after your meal. It helps to absorb all the nutrients that green tea offers you.

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About the Author

Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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