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What’s in Your Green Tea?

Green Tea

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  • An analysis of green tea products found that antioxidant epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) levels in bottled green tea can range from just 4 milligrams (mg) per cup to 47 mg, while brewable green tea (from tea bags, loose tea or a K-cup) contained levels ranging from 25 mg to 86 mg per serving
  • Green tea brewed from loose tea leaves appeared to offer the most potent source of antioxidants like EGCG
  • The analysis also found tea sourced from China contained up to 2.5 micrograms of lead per serving compared to no measurable amounts in brands that got their tea leaves from Japan
  • When selecting tea of any kind, it should preferably be certified organic (to avoid pesticides) and grown in a pristine environment because tea is known to accumulate fluoride, heavy metals and other toxins from soil and water

By Dr. Mercola

Green tea, prized for many generations in China, Japan and even Britain, has made a name for itself in the US, where many now drink it daily due to its many associated health benefits.


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