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Study Shows Lemon Juice Boosts Health Benefits Of Green Tea

November 4, 2009 by  

Study shows lemon juice boosts health benefits of green teaAccording to new research, the beneficial antioxidant ingredients of green tea called catechins are better absorbed when the tea is mixed with lemon juice.

Lemon fruit abounds in ascorbic acid—which is the scientific name for vitamin C—and scientists from Purdue University showed that catechins can be absorbed up to three times as fast by intestinal cells and get into the bloodstream when the vitamin is present.

Connie Weaver, head of the National Institutes of Health Purdue University-University of Alabama at Birmingham Botanical Research Center for Age-Related Diseases, which funded the study, explains that there is much interest in studying bioactive materials that might protect people from disease and promote better health and well-being.

She adds that "what’s been totally ignored is the way these materials are found in foods in combination with other ingredients."

Catechins are a class of antioxidant polyphenols that scientists believe reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, and in addition to tea they can be found in cocoa and grapes.

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  • Bruce

    This is a good thing and true, as in yes it works, if you use Natural Honey rather than processed sugars in your Green tea with Lemon it also makes for better health. It creats an H2 O2 effect. Thanks

  • Diana

    Even better than honey is Stevia, it sweetens green tea wonderfully. We also pour a little lemon juice in with the tea, and we didn’t even know about this benefit. Thanks.

  • http://none Jackie

    I buy my green tea from Teaopia, it includes currents and other fruit bits, its good hot or cold. Glad to hear about the lemon and tea.

  • Noah

    Actually, I take it a step further. I mix 50/50 unsweetened green tea with fresh squeezed sweetened lemonade, pour it over 2 fingers of FireFly Tea Flavored Vodka. Even better is a 50/50 mix of green tea and limeade over 2 fingers of FireFly MintTea Flavored Vodka.,,.

  • Jason Witt

    Citrus is healthy in bioavailability of the antioxidants. However, you might want to consider just drinking more tea instead of mixing in any lemon, because the acid in the citrus fruits is rather hard on your teeth. And tea helps to clean your teeth so you don’t want to turn a good thing bad.

  • Dr. Don

    I drink my green tea w/o any sweetener and thoroughly enjoy it this way.

    When I used stevia on oatmeal in the past I found that if left an unpleasant aftertaste! Now I use a natural sugar sweetener named Xylitol. It not only does not cause tooth decay but is a healthy supplement for oral health.

    I used to enjoy tea with lemon but learned that tea has a high fluoride content which is not normally harmful to the body. However, when lemon is added to the tea, it facilitates the release of the fluoride which is then able to cause harm to the body.

    • Chong

      Which is it? Lemon in green tea will help as this article say. Dr. Don where are the studies that back what you are saying? I am totally confuse now, I don’t know what to believe. Can you explain your comment some more or give me a study that say what you are saying is more harmful to our bodies.

    • Fed Up Gal in NM

      Might there be a non-fluorinated green tea out there? If so, maybe that would alleviate the concern about the harmful release of fluoride into the body.

      Regarding natural sweetners Stevia and Xylitol: I have tried both. The stevia is definitely an acquired taste; the Xylitol taste more like sugar than any other alternative sugar I’ve tried. The one concern I have about Xylitol, is I’ve seen articles/comments suggesting that Xylitol is toxic to pets, and of course it’s pricier than regular sugar (for those that are concerned about cost).

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