Green tea has been used as a health tonic throughout Asia for centuries. Prepared as a beverage, it was adopted into Western culture from Asia once the many health benefits were realized. Additionally, honey contains potent health-aiding antioxidants and chemicals on it’s own accord; and provides a much healthier alternative to traditional sweeteners such as processed sugars. Combined together, the two provide a strong health elixir; promoting good health and vitality.
It tastes better with honey
Not everyone enjoys the taste of nature’s wonder plant. It can be a little bitter to some, especially if it is left to brew for too long (I’ve been guilty of this a few times). One way to make it more palatable, is to stir in a few drops of honey. Part from contributing to the overall health benefits of the tea, it will also make it easier to drink; effectively making you more likely to drink more. this is a good thing!!
Together, they provide one of the best combinations for fighting off the common cold.
Imagine breathing in the steam rising off a freshly brewed cup of green tea; experience the relaxing fragrance, and feel your nasal passages open up and your stuffy nose clear.
Your symptoms and worries literally float away.
Then, as the honey gently soothes your throat, the caffeine and sugar ease your symptoms and give you a boost of energy; reducing lethargy. Lastly, the antioxidants and catechins in this cold-killer prevent further colds with its immune boosting powers.
The advantages of this combination is not just fighting off colds. Both have significant health benefits further to this.
You and me, and tea and honey, so much ‘Better together’
Green tea and honey complement each other’s health benefits perfectly. When consumed separately, they have remarkable health benefits. But when their powers are combined, these health benefits are compounded.
Honey consumption alleviates allergies, boosts memory, suppresses coughs, and aids sleep. Some of green teas health benefits include improving memory and staving off degenerative brain disease; anti inflammatory and anti-cancer properties; protecting against cardiovascular disease; and promoting relaxation for those suffering from anxiousness.
Both improve brain function.
Green Tea can make you smarter; accordingly to at least one peer-reviewed study. Additionally, honey also has benefits to brain function. Caffeine, one of the prime ingredients of green tea is a neurological stimulant; provides mental stimulation and fights fatigue without the significant jittering and ‘buzzing’ side effects associated with coffee and energy drinks. It provides fatigue relief without being overly stimulative. Together, green tea and honey provide improved concentration and musters brain neurons in a more focussed, task-oriented way. Additionally, improves reaction time, problem solving skills, and is shown to increase performance on memory tasks compared to placebos.
Another benefit of this drink is its ‘assistance’ in shifting fat. It does this by increasing fat oxidation when combined with exercise. In effect, it promotes the preferential use of fat stores for energy (over other alternative sources) when exercising after consumption. In fact, many of the commercially available weight loss supplements will contain green tea extract due to this known property, as well as its overall metabolism-boosting properties. Honey, is also credited with focusing the body on increasing fat oxidation, and is a much healthier sweetener than sugar. When the powers of green tea and honey combine, fat oxidation can increase by a remarkable 17%.
One well-documented and praised benefit of green tea is its reduction in the incidence of certain types of cancer. The active catechin, EGCG is credited as the main reason for these remarkable benefits. Honey can actually improve these effects even further, releasing antioxidants that promote good health and vitality. Outcomes of some cancers, a disease characterised by uncontrolled multiplying of cells, can be improved with combined green tea and honey consumption. As well as decreasing the likelihood of developing certain types of cancer, drinking green tea with honey can actually aid in the treatment of some cancers.
Green Tea and Honey a Day, keeps the Dentist at bay
The final one we will mention today is its antibacterial properties. One major benefit of this is the combination can save you money at the dentist. Honestly, no one likes going to the dentist, and anything that reduces the number of visits is brilliant. The antibacterial effects of squeezing some honey into your green tea, can help fight plaque buildup caused by the streptococcus mutans bacteria. This provides better dental health, and can help prevent other dental issues.
This list, is by no means extensive. There are many other health benefits of drinking this delightful concoction. More can be found at the Green Tea Benefits Website, or alternatively this blog post.
Considering all of these benefits, I’m inclined to make a cuppa now, and take the Cat Empire’s advice, and put some ‘honey in my tea’.
Thanks for reading.