Ito En Green Tea glass
Ito En Green Tea

Tea lovers will really enjoy the refreshing new taste of Ito En Teas’ Green Tea.

Green Tea has long been associated with many benefits, including burning fat, stimulating the body’s metabolism, fighting off illness, accelerating weight loss and protecting our skin.

Triglycerides from food are a source of energy for life support and physical activities. However, excess triglycerides become fat. Green tea contains polyphenols which activate the enzyme that is responsible for dissolving excess triglyceride to aid in burning fat.

Green tea also contains powerful antioxidants called catechin polyphenols that are responsible for many of the health benefits of green tea. EGCG (or epigallocatechin gallat), has been found to stimulate the metabolism and accelerate weight loss.

Green tea may also allow you to exercise even longer, promoting better health and increased weight loss. A recent study using green tea extract on lab rats increased the amount of time the animals could swim before becoming exhausted by as much as 24%.

The catechin polyphenols in green tea appear to stimulate the use of fatty acids by liver and muscle cells. This subsequently reduces the rate that carbohydrates are used and allows for more endurance and longer exercise times. More endurance means more exercise, which means more calories burned. It all adds up to more pounds lost for you.

Recent research has also shown antioxidant supplementation may protect our skin. A paper published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that supplementation with carotenoids (25 mg/day) and vitamin E (500 IU/day) “may be useful for diminishing sensitivity to ultraviolet light” so slather on that sunscreen and drink up your Ito En TEAS’ TEA for healthier, protected skin.

Here’s a wonderful recipe from Ito En TEAS’ TEA for Green Tea Summer Punch. This drink will definitely keep you refreshed and healthy this summer.

Green Tea Summer Punch
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Makes: 3 quarts / 12 servings

Ingredients:

2 quarts TEAS’ TEA Pure Green
4 cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves, plus more for garnish
4 peeled slices fresh ginger (about 1 inch by 2 inches each)
1 apple
1 orange
1 quart apple juice

Preparation:

Combine the tea, cloves, two pieces of ginger and two cinnamon sticks in a large pitcher.
Let steep at room temperature for about two hours. Refrigerate for up to an hour.
Wash the orange and slice it into thin pieces.
Wash, core and slice the apple. Stud the slices with cloves.
Remove the cloves, cinnamon and ginger from the tea.
Mix the tea, juice and remaining cinnamon sticks and ginger in the pitcher.
Serve chilled and enjoy!

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