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AT TAMURAI TEA OUR GOAL IS TO HONOR THE SPIRIT OF HEALTH AND WELL-BEING.

We begin with the selection and consumption of high quality tea. Through the consumption of tea, we make the connection to the earth and the sun. As our astronauts and NASA researchers continue to learn, only the connection to our earth, our atmospherically filtered sunlight, and that which they produce can sustain life as we know it.   Through this connection and creation, our mind, body, and soul are supplied with a cascade of life sustaining nutrients and antioxidants. Certain combinations of these nutrients are found only in the various teas created by our wonderful planet. The teas we support and supply are organic due to the fact tea is one of the few consumable products which makes its way directly from field to cup without any cleaning or washing. If a tea plant or tea field is sprayed with toxic harmful chemicals or fertilizers, they are consumed with the tea.  An additional consideration is that when consuming the highest quality of tea: the first growth, the earliest picking; the highest concentration of nutrients are consumed.  Older tea leaves are found to be out of balance, with higher concentrations of minerals that may be harmful to our health.

Nature designs tea to be consumed at a slower pace, so we encourage tea to explore the internal universe within each of us. As we unfold the discoveries within, we can then make the peaceful and harmonious connections with those we encounter in life. These connections whether individual or shared bring much satisfaction and joy. It is with this spirit of joy we thank you for sharing your journey of tea, spirit, and life. It is with great honor that we recommend and make available the products and services contained within.

 “I have three treasures, which I guard and keep.  The first is compassion.  The second is economy.  The third is humility.  From compassion comes courage.  From economy comes the means to be generous.  From humility comes responsible leadership.”  —Lao-Tse

Once we are on the journey of balance, we are then ready to seek the harmony of the “me/we” relationship that allows the healing of our world and those of its inhabitants.  We learn of how we connect and influence community.  We learn and share the vibrations that are so subtle, but yet so powerful.  These vibrations can only be felt with the heart and measured by the health and harmony of our internal and external environments.

We begin our quest with tea, share it through meditation & prayer, and grow it through our understanding and developing awareness as keys to unlock the secrets within.  Meditation & prayer unfolds Lao Tse’s compassionate courage, tea flowers the economy of generosity, and our growing humility through understanding allows us to lead others by example.


 

Humble Grumble Tea – The Health Benefits of Lemongrass by Meenakshi Nagdeve & youtube.com

Humble Grumble Tea

Ingredients:  Organic Ginger – Organic Hibiscus Flowers – Organic Licorice Root – Organic Cinnamon – Organic Currants – Organic Lemongrass – Organic Turmeric – Essential Orange – Essential Lemon – Natural Plum Flavor

25 Surprising Benefits Of Lemongrass

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The health benefits of lemongrass include relief from stomach disorders, insomnia, respiratory disorders, fever, aches, infections, rheumatism, and edema. The defensive antioxidant activity of the lemongrass herb protects against antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and helps in maintaining optimum cholesterol levels, cellular health, nervous system, healthy skin, and the immune system. It is also effective in treating type 2 diabetescancer, and obesity, while also aiding in detoxification. It is extensively used in aromatherapy and helps combat fatigue, anxiety, and body odor.

Lemongrass – An Aromatic Healer

Cymbopogon citratus, also known as lemongrass, is an herb which belongs to the grass family of Poaceae. [1] It is utilized for its distinct lemon flavor and citrusy aroma. It is a tall, perennial grass which is native to India and tropical regions of Asia. It is a rough and tufted plant with linear leaves that grows in thick bunches, emerging from a strong base and standing for about 3 meters in height with a meter-wide stretch.

In addition to its culinary usage, this herb offers an array of medicinal benefits and is in extensive demand due to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties across Southeast Asia, as well as the African and American continents. [2]

The genus Cymbopogon comprises 55 species of grasses, two of which are referred to as lemongrass. [3] These are Cymbopogon citratus,which is famously preferred for culinary use and Cymbopogon flexuosus, which is used in the manufacturing of fragrances because of its extended shelf life, owing to the low amount of myrcene in that variety.

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Nutrition Facts

Lemon grass (citronella), raw
Serving Size : 
Nutrient Value
Water [g] 70.58
Energy [kcal] 99
Protein [g] 1.82
Total lipid (fat) [g] 0.49
Carbohydrate, by difference [g] 25.31
Calcium, Ca [mg] 65
Iron, Fe [mg] 8.17
Magnesium, Mg [mg] 60
Phosphorus, P [mg] 101
Potassium, K [mg] 723
Sodium, Na [mg] 6
Zinc, Zn [mg] 2.23
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg] 2.6
Thiamin [mg] 0.07
Riboflavin [mg] 0.14
Niacin [mg] 1.1
Vitamin B-6 [mg] 0.08
Folate, DFE [µg] 75
Vitamin B-12 [µg] 0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg] 0
Vitamin A, IU [IU] 6
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg] 0
Vitamin D [IU] 0
Fatty acids, total saturated [g] 0.12
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g] 0.05
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g] 0.17
Fatty acids, total trans [g] 0
Cholesterol [mg] 0
Sources include : USDA [4]

Lemongrass Nutrition Facts

Lemongrass contains antioxidants, flavonoids and phenolic compounds such as luteolin, glycosides, quercetin, kaempferol, elemicin, catechol, chlorogenic acid, and caffeic acid, all of which help in providing an impressive range of medicinal aids. [1] The main component of this fragrant herb is lemonal or citral, which has anti-fungal and anti-microbial qualities, while also providing a distinct lemony smell. [5]

Lemongrass is an aromatic storehouse of essential nutrients providing an array of health benefits. The USDA National Nutrient Database shows that it is a source of essential vitamins such as vitamin Avitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), folate, and vitamin C. [4] It also provides essential minerals such as potassiumcalciummagnesium, phosphorous, manganesecopperzinc, and iron, which are required for the healthy functioning of the human body. It offers no harmful cholesterol or fats.

Health Benefits of Lemongrass

Let us look, in details, at some of the most well-known health benefits [6] of lemongrass:

Lowers Cholesterol

Research published in the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal in the year 2011 revealed that lemongrass possesses anti-hyperlipidemic and anti-hypercholesterolemic properties that support healthy cholesterol levels. [7] Studies have also shown that the regular consumption helps in sustaining healthy levels of triglycerides and reducing the LDL cholesterol in the body. [8] This helps in preventing the accumulation of lipids in the blood vessels and promotes an unobstructed flow of blood in the arteries, preventing various cardiac disorders such as atherosclerosis.

Detoxifies the Body

According to a 2003 study, lemongrass helps in cleansing and flushing harmful toxic wastes out of the body, as a result of its diuretic properties. [9] Detoxification helps in the regulation of various organs of the body, including the liver and kidney, while also helping to lower the levels of uric acid. The diuretic effect of the herb helps in increasing the quantity and frequency of urination, which helps in maintaining digestive health, eliminating accrued fats, and assisting in maintaining a clean system.

Prevents Cancer

Lemongrass is effective in preventing the growth of cancer cells without affecting the healthy cells of the body. Research conducted to prove the anti-cancerous activity of lemongrass has shown promising outcomes in the prevention of skin cancer. [10] This is mainly because the presence of a chemical compound called citral in it.

A research conducted on the effects of citral on cancer cells shows that it helps in inhibiting the growth of hepatic cancer cells during the initial phase and prevents any further growth of cancerous cells. [11] Another study provides supporting evidence regarding the anti-proliferative effect of citral in impeding the growth of human breast cancer cells and the induction of apoptosis. [12]

Staphylococcus aureus

Research conducted at the School of Health, The University of Northampton, UK and published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology has shown that lemongrass essential oil has an anti-biofilm capacity and is beneficial against the infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus. [13]It contains phenols which possess the capability to spread quickly through the body tissues and cure biofilms located anywhere in the body. [14] It disrupts the growth and communication of germs, which helps in inhibiting the formation of the biofilms. [5] The herb’s essential oil is used for application, both topically as well as internally to cure the diseases diagnosed with biofilms, such as Lyme disease.

Stomach Disorders

Studies have shown that lemongrass essential oil has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties which help in fighting the infections caused by various pathogens such as Helicobacter pylori and Escherichia coli. [15] It is beneficial in the prevention of gastrointestinal disorders such as gastric ulcers, helps in stimulating the bowel function, and improves digestion. [16] The anti-inflammatory property of the herb is beneficial for treating constipation, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, nausea and stomach aches.

Treats Insomnia

Lemongrass aids in calming muscles and nerves, which helps in inducing deep sleep. Research has shown that its herbal tea has sedative and hypnotic properties which help in increasing the duration of sleep. [17]

Respiratory Disorders

Lemongrass is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine for its healing effects in treating cough and cold. [18] Along with other beneficial components, the vitamin C content present in it helps in providing relief from nasal blockages, flu and other respiratory disorders such as bronchial asthma. [19]

Cures Fever

Lemongrass is a febrifuge and is also known as the ‘fever grass’, owing to its beneficial effects in lowering fever. [20] The anti-pyretic and diaphoretic effect is extensively used in Ayurvedic medicine for curing fevers by inducing sweating.

Treats Infections

Lemongrass works as an antiseptic and is effective in treating infections such as ringworm, sores, Athlete’s Foot, scabies, and urinary tract infections (UTI) because of its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. [21] Studies have shown that the herb exerts healing effects on dermatological infections, such as yeast infections, by inhibiting the growth of pathogens. Another study provides supporting evidence that demonstrated the efficacy of lemongrass over thyme, patchouli, and cedarwood oil in the treatment of various diseases such as oral or vaginal candidiasis. [22]

Reduces Aches

Lemongrass alleviates the pain and discomfort caused by headaches and migraines due to its analgesic properties. [23] The phytonutrientspresent in it improve blood circulation and help in relieving spasms, muscle cramps, sprains, and backaches. It is valuable in treating sportswounds, including dislocations, internal injuries, and bruises.

Nervous System

Lemongrass is nervine and has been proven to be a tonic for the nervous system. It stimulates the mind and helps in combating convulsions, nervousness, vertigo, and various neuronal disorders. It is used in therapeutic baths, which assist in calming the nerves and alleviating the symptoms of anxiety and fatigue caused by stress.

Type-2 Diabetes

Lemongrass has been proven beneficial in treating type-2 diabetes. Studies have shown that the citral present in it help maintain optimum levels of insulin and improve the tolerance of glucose in the body. [24]

Prevents Rheumatism

Lemongrass is effective in relieving the pain and discomfort caused by rheumatism. [25] It can be applied topically on both lumbago and sprains and helps in relieving neuralgia.

Boosts Immunity

Lemongrass helps in restoring the vital systems which are operational in the body, including digestion, respiration, excretion, and the nervous system. This assists in the better absorption of nutrients and strengthening of the immune defense mechanism of the body. Lemongrass extracts have a beneficial effect on the inflammatory actions of cytokines, which are the signaling molecules through which the cells communicate and respond to the body. Studies have shown that lemongrass exerts anti-inflammatory action and its constituent, citral, may be the cause of its inhibitory effect on cytokine production. [26]

Skin Care

Lemongrass has been treasured as a skin tonic and makes an effective cleanser for oily or acne-prone skin, due to its astringent and antiseptic qualities. [27] It helps in strengthening the skin tissues and toning up the pores while also sterilizing them. Care should be taken while using lemongrass products, as the undiluted application might lead to dermal irritation in some cases.

Cellular Health

Lemongrass possesses antioxidant qualities and helps in protecting the body cells from oxygen-derived free radicals. It also helps in the cleansing of blood and strengthening the spleen to discard the tarnished red blood cells. It supports the function of the thymus glands which helps produce white blood cells. It helps in stimulating the regeneration of cells. The folate and potassium content in the stem and leaves of lemongrass aids in DNA synthesis and promotes cell division.

Treats Edema

Lemongrass is effective in curing the condition of water retention or edema. It has a cleansing effect on lymphatic congestion and helps soothe the swelling.

Aromatherapy

Lemongrass consists of the beneficial ingredients of essential oils such as neroli, citronellol, myrcene, dipentene, geraniol and methyl heptenone which possess anti-fungal, insecticidal, and antiseptic properties. [28] Lemongrass oil is extensively used in aromatherapy, due to its therapeutic effects, which help in revitalizing the body. The cooling effect of lemongrass oil is beneficial for the body during hot weather and promotes the revival of both the mind and soul. [29] This oil possesses natural astringent and toning qualities which help in stimulating blood circulation and tones up the dermal tissues. [30] It also helps in tightening, uplifting and firming lethargic or sagging skin.

Obesity

Lemongrass contains citral, which has been proven to be effective in combating obesity. [24] It prevents the accumulation of abdominal fat and promotes the use of stored energy, which helps in preventing diet-induced weight gain. It aids in healthy metabolism and enhances the oxidation of fatty acids in the body.

Body Odor

Lemongrass is used in the manufacturing of deodorants due to its cleansing and antibacterial properties which help combat unpleasant body-odor and prevent fungal and bacterial infections. [31] It can also be added to footbaths for sanitizing sore and odorous feet.

Insect Repellent

Lemongrass is used as a natural insect repellent and helps in preventing the occurrence of insect-borne diseases such as malariadengue, and Lyme disease. [32] Studies have provided supporting evidence regarding the anti-malarial and anti-protozoan properties of lemongrass, which makes its oil an effective ingredient in mosquito repellents. [32]

Culinary Usage

Apart from folk medicines, lemongrass is commonly used in Asian cuisines, especially those of Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia. It is used for adding flavor to beverages such as teas, curries, and soups, and also finds extensive use in the preparation of pudding, meat products, candies, and baked goods.

Other Uses 

Lemongrass is used in the manufacturing of perfumes, deodorants, polishes, candles, and waxes. [28] It is also used to add fragrance to soaps and cosmetic products.

It is used to lure and attract honey bees for various commercial purposes. [33]

Hydrophobic Properties: Lemongrass is used for preserving ancient palm leaf manuscripts and protects them from the damage caused by microorganisms. [34] It strengthens the leaves by providing the required moisture to the fragile palm leaves without letting the humidity cause any loss to the stored text. This protective effect can be attributed to the hydrophobic properties of lemongrass oil.

Pet Products: Lemongrass is used in the manufacturing of shampoos and grooming products for pets due to its repellent effects on lice and ticks.

Word of Caution

Although considered safe, the topical use of lemongrass oil or the ingestion of herbal tea can result in allergic reactions in some people. [35]In the event of any allergic symptoms, it is always advisable to discontinue the use of its essential oil and seek immediate medical attention.

Undiluted or concentrated lemongrass oil should not be applied directly on the body as it may result in harmful reactions. It is always advisable to keep the pure essential oil out of the reach of children.

It is also strongly recommended to consult a health professional before considering lemongrass oil for therapeutic usage; especially during pregnancy, when trying to conceive, breastfeeding, and during the course of any ongoing medical treatments.

Lemongrass has galactagogic properties, which promote the formation of milk in breasts. [36] It is also effective in stimulating menstrual flow and helps in soothing menstrual cramps and discomfort. It helps in soothing the swelling and its effects on the conditions of varicosity. Used cautiously, it can prove extremely valuable in providing a range of medicinal relief!

Add a refreshing and healthy aroma to your lifestyle with lemongrass!

 
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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve is a health and wellness enthusiast and started working on Organic Facts since 2012 and is currently responsible for managing it. She follows naturopathy and believes in healing with foods. She is currently pursuing Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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Caffeine and Theobromine in Coffee, Tea, and Cocao by BioProfile Testing Laboratories, LLC

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“Caffeine and Theobromine content in coffee, tea and instant cocao mixes”.

Theobromine and caffeine are methylxanthines and found in cocao, coffee and tea. Methylxanthines (a class of alkaloids) are easily extracted in hot water, hence their prevalence in hot cocoa, coffee and tea. The concentration of methyxanthines varies due to growing environment and processing of cocoa, coffee and tea. Theobromine is believed to be a blood vessel widener and a diuretic.

Blauch and Tarka (1983) used the HPLC methodology to determine the caffeine and theobromine content in commercially bought coffee, instant cocoa mix (9) and tea (14). The coffees were either ground or instant. Ground coffee was either percolated (automatic 7 min.or non-automatic stove-top) or drip (automatic or non-autmatic 6 min). Instant coffee (0.5 g) was dissolved in 125 ml boiling water. Tea bags were immersed in 177 ml boiling water and brewed for 5 min. Instant cocoa (3.0 g) was added to 125 ml boiling water. The authors collected data on caffeine and theobromine by HPLC quantification using pure standards.

Caffeine: coffee, instant cocoa and tea all contained varying concentrations of caffeine. The caffeine content in instant cocoa ranged from 1.0 to 7.8 mg/cup. In tea, the caffeine content ranged from 30.2 (orang and spice) to 65.0 mg/cup (American Black Tea). There was one imported black tea that contained 67.4 mg/cup of caffeine. 
Instant coffees caffeine content ranged from 46.7 to 67.6 mg/cup. The caffeine content in ground coffee made by the drip method was 7 to 29.0 mg/cup higher than by the percolator method. Blauch and Tarka (1983) ascribe the higher caffeine concentrations in the drip method to the finer particle size of the ground coffee used for the drip method. There was no statistical difference in caffeine content between automatic or non-automatic drip methods.

Theobromine: all coffees tested in this study didn’t show any theobromine. The instant cocoa samples (9) showed theobromine concentrations from 39.5 to 79.5 mg/cup. Theobromine content in the different teas (14) ranged from 1.2 (orange and spice) to 3.6 mg/cup (American Black). Again one imported black tea showed 4.4 mg/cup of theobromine. The one decaffeinated tea included in this study contained 0.3 mg/cup theobromine.

We can see from Bluach and Tarka’s (1983) study that caffeine content varies among the different coffee, instant cocoa and tea brands. Likewise, theobromine concentrations vary among different cocoa and tea brands. Instant cocoa shows the highest amount of theobromine compared to tea and coffee.

Reference: 
Blauch, J. L. and S.M Tarka Jr. 1983. HPLC Determination of caffeine and theopbromine in coffee, tea, and instant hot cocoa mix. Journal of Food Science. 48:745-747.

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Green Tea and Fasting by Dr. Jason Fung

Green Tea helps Fasting

I introduced fasting as a therapeutic option for patients about 5 years ago, with the Intensive Dietary Management program for weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal. Our singular focus on dietary interventions rather than medications has allowed some remarkable successes. While fasting is effective, it’s not always easy, and I’ve looked for ways to make it easier for patients. After all, if something is hard, but good for you, then we, as physicians should not say ‘Don’t do it’, but instead ask ‘How can I help you?’ When we give chemotherapy for cancer, we don’t say to patients, “Well, it’s really tough, so forget it. Yes, the cancer will kill you, but we don’t think you’re up to it”. That’s ridiculous. Instead, we look for ways to make the treatment tolerable — anti nausea medications, pain medicines and such.

At the time the IDM program started, no decent reference books on fasting and very little good information was available anywhere even on the Internet, which has information on everything. With nothing available, I wrote ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting’ to provide a trustworthy, reliable source of credible information. The same problem exists for fasting aids. There is simply nothing available for people who have trouble dealing with hunger pangs and other issues while fasting. If nothing was available, then I would need to create it from scratch. Sure, some people take to fasting like a duck to water, but others have issues, and there is nothing designed specifically to help them. Until now.

I’ve always encouraged patients to drink green and black tea during the fasting period for a number of reasons. Successful weight loss depends NOTon counting calories, but upon controlling the body’s hunger mechanisms and energy expenditure. With weight loss, hunger increases and basal metabolic rate decreases and this compensation often leads to weight regain. Does anything help? Many clinical studies support the weight loss effects of green tea. The compounds responsible for the benefits are thought to be the green tea catechins (GTC), of which EGCG is the main one.

 

The GTCs activate the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), responsible for the so called ‘fight or flight’ response. When confronted with a lion, for example, the SNS is stimulated to prepare the body for upcoming action — to either fight, or run really fast. Hormones such as noradrenalin increase awareness, arousal and increase availability of energy (glucose). Thus, SNS activation increases overall energy expenditure and lipolysis (burning of fat for energy). Green tea catechins (GTC) blocks COMT, the enzyme that degrades noradrenalin and so ingesting GTC increases noradrenalin and energy expenditure. Caffeine operated by blocking phosphodiesterase and increases cyclic AMP which had the same effect of increasing noradrenalin. Since green tea contains both GTC + caffeine, this could work together to increase the calorie expenditure by up to 4%, a rather significant amount of energy if sustained daily.

SNS activation metabolizes body fat (lipolysis) and pushes stored energy (glucose and body fat) into a readily usable form (blood glucose) to prepare for the upcoming fight or flight. Certain areas of body fat, the abdominal areas are more sensitive to the fat burning effects than others. For example, one study in type 2 diabetes showed that green tea could reduce waist size even though body weight was unchanged, indicating a decrease in the dangerous visceral fat.

Other than a falling metabolic rate, controlling hunger is a second hugely important factor in long term weight loss success. Studies suggest that high dose GTC lowers ghrelin (the hunger hormone) and thus can suppress hunger pangs. Further, GTC interferes with normal nutrient absorption by inhibiting the enzymes (amylase and glucosidase) needed for proper glucose absorption. In diseases of excess nutrition, anti-nutrients (like fiber) can be valuable tools. Taking GTC with food (meals) may lead to malabsorption of up to 25% of the glucose load. GTC blocks the enzymes needed for carbohydrate absorption, and some of it passes right through our bodies. In one study, participants were given a carbohydrate rich meal (rice) with a mixture of green tea, black tea and mulberry, and the amount of breath hydrogen measured. When carbohydrates are eaten, but not absorbed, they ferment in the intestinal system and produce hydrogren, which can then be measured. The tea mixture clearly blocked the body from absorbing all the available carbohydrate — exactly the effect we want for weight loss and type 2 diabetes.

The potential benefits of green tea as an aid to fasting is very promising. In medicine, every potential therapy must be evaluated according to the benefit/risk ratio. The benefits of green tea are smallish, but the risks are almost non-existent. Tea has been used without major health issue for millennia. If there was going to be a problem, we, as humans would have known about it a long time ago. Thus, the benefit/risk ratio is very high for the use of tea. The two big problems of long term weight loss (hunger and decreased metabolic rate) are remedied to some degree by green tea, a completely natural substance. Awesome.

So, just drink some green tea? Not so fast. You would need to drink upwards of 5–10 cups per day to get the doses of GTCs used in those studies that showed benefits. This might work in Asia, but elsewhere 3 cups would be a more reasonable amount. Cold brewing is a potential work-around to drinking 10 cups a day.

The cold brew process is more familiar in coffee and it allows for better tasting coffee for several reasons. Coffee contains many aromatic chemicals that are water soluble. Hot water brewing extracts these solubles quickly and releases them into the air, which is why there is such a nice smell in the room. However, the high temperature can cause oxidation (the same process as rusting) and degradation of these compounds, giving coffee a more sour and acidic note. Brewing in colder temperatures is slower, so extraction of these compounds takes hours or even days, but the result is a smoother tasting coffee.

Using this same idea, cold brew tea is able to extract more fully the delicate polyphenols and catechins that are thought to be responsible for much of the metabolic benefits of green tea. You can steep green tea in room temperature water for 6 hours to extract more of the catechins out. This sounds kind of daunting, but isn’t much different from cold brewed coffee, which requires overnight steeping.

This method extracts up to 2 or 3 times the amount of GTCs from the green tea, compared to hot water brewing. You could drink 2–3 cups per day of cold brewed tea to obtain the equivalent amount of catechins used in studies (5–10 cups per day). This ‘whole foods’ method of cold brewing tea that preserves all the natural elements in its natural balance, rather than trying to buy industrially processed green tea extracts.

There are some more convenient options available. Some companies have cold brewed green tea, and then dehydrated it into convenient single serving packages. This preserves the high catechin content without the need to cold brew the beverage yourself.

Look, I understand fully that fasting is not always easy. It’s no shame to get some help. In almost every other pursuit in life (like golf) there are aids. They might look ridiculous, but we still use them, because they are useful. Green tea may allow people to harness the healing power of our own bodies. If people are better able to deal with hunger, then they can allow their own bodies to ‘eat’ their own body fat — the precise reason why it is there in the first place. If green tea allows people metabolic rate to maintain stability, that may be the knife edge between failure and success.

 
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