Posted by William on August 3, 2011
How Much Should I Take?
Drink green tea on a regular basis, preferably several times per day, to get the best health benefits. Consuming more than five cups per day may actually increase your odds for pancreatic cancer. One to four cups a day is probably just right. One cup of green tea contains from 100-200 mg. of EGCG. If you don’t like the taste of tea or want to avoid the caffeine, green tea extracts and supplements are available in pharmacies and health food stores. A 250-milligram capsule of the brand Tegreen contains about the same amount of EGCG as four cups of green tea.
Be aware that the government doesn’t regulate herbal supplements, so quality and potency can vary from product to product. Decaffeinated green tea is becoming more widely available, but does not show the same benefits as green tea left in its natural state. Also, adding milk negates green tea’s beneficial properties.
To brew a cup of green tea, combine one teaspoon of green tea leaves with one cup of hot (not boiling) water and steep for three minutes. Enjoy!
Are There Any Side Effects?
No. Green tea is extremely safe. The most common adverse effect reported from consuming large amounts of green tea is insomnia, anxiety, and other symptoms caused by the caffeine content. There is no potential for causing mutation or birth defects, and no adverse effect on fertility, pregnancy, or nursing.
As Eisai said in 1211 in Kitcha Yojoki, “Tea is a miraculous medicine for the maintenance of health. Tea has an extraordinary power to prolong life. Anywhere a person cultivates tea, long life will follow.”
Green tea is an inexpensive, healthful drink with long-range benefits, especially consumed over a lifetime. It easily fits into most peoples’ routines, and is now widely available. And best of all, it tastes great!