Especially in the winter time, people like to squeeze a lemon into their cup of hot tea, so that the additional vitamin C helps to boost their immune system. On the contrary, the taste of a lemon makes the ice tea even more refreshing during hot summer days.
Apart from this, adding lemon juice to Green Tea has more specific effects. Actually, this juice reinforces the tea functioning, since in this way our body absorbs better the catechins, the well-known beneficial antioxidants.Researchers observed the action of vitamin C and lemon juice in the beverages containing catechins. It has been shown that the addition of lemon juice or vitamin C strengthens the action of Green Tea, known for its beneficial effects on health.
Authors of the study say that the problem is that catechins are relatively unstable in the intestine, therefore only 20 % of the absorbed amount of
catechins remains in the body after digestion. For this reason the scientists have tried to improve the absorption of these antioxidants. Adding lemon juice can increase the amount of absorbed catechins by five times, but in case it is pure vitamin C the absorption augments thirteen times as much. The same effect it’s possible to obtain also with orange and lime, of course.
This interaction unfortunately cannot be attributed to milk, which people often add to the tea. A study, which was published in the medical journal European Heart Journal, found that adding a little bit of milk cancels out the positive impact Green Tea has on the heart. The research has shown that milk proteins (caseins) in contact with the tea contribute to the reduction of the catechin’s amount, which is the opposite action of vitamin C.
GREEN TEA FORMS A GOOD PAIR ALSO WITH…
It seems that if you spice up a cup of Green Tea with chilli, you can get rid of your extra pounds easier.
… watermelon, tomato or red grapefruit
Green Tea, in combination with lycopene, an anti-oxidant, which is found in red fruits and vegetables (such as tomatoes, watermelon and red grapefruit) prevents prostate cancer.