You probably think of orange juice as the all-American way to start the day. After all, it graces the table of every TV show, movie, or commercial that has a breakfast scene in it.
Talk about the power of product placement.
But the truth is that a tall glass of OJ has nearly as much sugar in it as soda. And its vitamin content isn’t anywhere near high enough to save it.
Sure, there’s some vitamin C in every glass. But not as much as you’d think. And certainly not enough to enjoy any real health boost.
Plus, without the fiber content of the whole orange, that glass of juice could be doing you more harm than good.
So I’d like to propose a NEW all-American way to start the day. It’s a beverage that will deliver real and lasting benefits instead of risks.
Best of all, it doesn’t JUST taste great with an almost endless variety of light and refreshing flavors to choose from. New research shows how it can ALSO help fight chronic disease, literally adding years to your life.
Drink more green tea, add years to your life
The secret is in tea.
Like coffee, tea is an antioxidant-rich brew with proven benefits. In fact, research shows it can help fight off some of today’s top killers, including heart disease.
Any tea at all is healthy, but the new study finds you have to drink it often to enjoy the life-extending benefits. Plus, the study revealed something else about this brew.
Not all tea is equal.
The study finds to get MAXIMUM protection, you’ve got to go green. Because while black tea certainly packs a health punch of its own, it’s also oxidized. Which, as the word implies, means some of the beneficial antioxidants could be wiped out.
That’s why drinking green tea could cut your risk of…
- heart disease by 20 percent
- death from heart disease by 22 percent
- death from all causes by 15 percent
Impressive? You bet. But let’s make this even better. If you make a long-term habit out of green tea, the study finds you can get MORE protection.
Drinking it regularly for about eight years could cut your risk of…
- heart disease and stroke by 39 percent
- fatal heart disease and stroke by 56 percent
- death from all causes by 22 percent
Palate pleasing flavors may have MORE benefits
The reason the benefits grow with the years isn’t just that it’s a good habit. It’s that while green tea IS loaded with healthy polyphenols, they don’t last very long in the body.
They’re like fuel that gets burned off quickly. So you have to keep refilling the tank, or you won’t get all the benefits.
If you aren’t a huge fan of the flavor of plain green tea, you’re in luck. These days you can find a wide variety of infused green teas with all kinds of fun flavors to tickle your pallet. And in some cases, the infused flavor can boost the health and antioxidant profile of the tea even further.
Just be sure to pay attention to where your green tea comes from. Tea grown in low-quality soil can pick up lead, arsenic, mercury, fluoride, and more.
My advice? Get a high-quality green tea, ideally grown in the United States. Avoid the cheap stuff and especially avoid tea from China, given the lax regulations, lack of oversight, and poor quality control over there.