One of the absolute best things you can do to maintain wellness, protect yourself against cancer and prevent the development of diseases like atherosclerosis and liver disease is drink green tea.
While, there is little doubt that drinking green tea is good for you, there are conflicting reports about how much you need to drink.
For example, a Japanese study found that men who drank 10 cups per day stayed cancer-free for 3 years longer than men who drank less than 3 cups a day.
Another study concludes you can help prevent rheumatoid arthritis or reduce the symptoms (if you already have this condition) by drinking 4 or more cups of green tea a day.
Several of my Asian-Americans friends drink green tea all day long. 10 cups or more to them is no big deal.
For me, however, and for my non-Asian friends, drinking more than two cups a day on a regular basis just isn't going to happen.
It turns out, however, there is a simple solution. All you have to do is add a little lemon juice to your green tea. Suddenly you are boosting the level of antioxidant compounds in the tea that actually make it through your digestive system.
How much are you boosting them? According to researchers at Purdue University, the increase is as much as 13-fold.
The reason for this is that the antioxidant compounds or to be more specific the "catechins" in tea aren't very stable in non-acidic environments, such as you stomach and intestines. Most of value you'd expect to gain from green tea is lost through digestion.
By adding a little lemon juice you are making your tea acidic and as a result, a much higher percentage of catechins is digested and you get more benefits from drinking less.
This includes the catechin EGCG which besides inhibiting the growth of cancers cells, kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. EGCG also effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels and inhibiting the formation of blood clots.
So, I think it is a wise decision to make green tea part of your daily life. And it is even wiser to drink it with lemon.