I call this the miraculous tea with its remarkable benefits in improving the health of the body. The key compounds that makes green tea a much raved about health supplement are flavonoids and catechins, which are both present in significantly high amounts in green tea leaves. Both terms might seem strangely unfamiliar so to put it simply, they are basically just anti-oxidants that stops oxidative damage of the body cells.Since many illnesses and diseases are caused by the damage of cells due to free radicals, green tea is said to be one of the best natural supplement in preventing diseases and even cancer.
The other widely-known benefit of green tea is its capability to boost metabolism and increase calorie burn. But don’t go about thinking that green tea can effectively bring your weight down!In fact, you can’t really quite call it a slimming tea because green tea could only accelerate metabolism by only 4%, which amounts to 100 calories per day. So, if you’re talking about shedding the kilos here, I’m sad to say that green tea isn’t going to help as much.
However, if you drink green tea before exercising, it is definitely going to help you lose a little more calories. I couldn’t remember where I learnt this little tip from but it would certainly help you to reap the full benefits of green tea in burning calories. And this little tip isn’t quite a myth when a research study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition had found that ingesting green tea extract before exercise actually help to burn 17 percent more fat during a 30-minute cardio workout. Though there isn’t any scientific reasoning established yet, I do believe that it drinking green tea before exercising does have a different effect as compared to drinking green tea after exercising. I felt the hunger pangs set in very quickly when I drink green tea before working out. It felt as if my energy store has been depleted and my body is signaling to replenish the energy fuel. Not too sure how all of these translates scientifically, but I’m pretty sure that my body is absorbing all the anti-oxidants from the green tea.
And one of my favourite ways of preparing green tea is to seep the tea bag into a bottle of lukewarm water and let the green tea infused in the water for about 30 minutes before drinking. I didn’t quite like sipping steaming hot green tea especially when the weather gets really warm and humid in Singapore. Whenever possible, I would brew fresh green tea leaves instead of purchasing can or bottled green tea which has added sugar. But these days, there are plenty of green tea options in the market. The recent launch of Ayataka™, a Read-to-drink Japanese green tea is another great option for those who preferred the taste of natural Japanese Green tea without the addition of sugar.
Launched by Coca Cola Singapore, Ayataka™ is the newest addition to the household brand Heaven and Earth® tea range, which includes Jasmine Green Tea, Ice Lemon Tea, Ice Passionfruit tea and Honey Chamomile Green Tea.
Ayataka™, a preservative-free and calorie-free drink, is brewed using carefully selected tea leaves. If you gently swirl the bottle or can of green tea, you will be able to notice a distinct cloudiness in the tea which is a characteristic of authentic Japanese teapot-brewed tea. That’s instant Japanese tea which you can enjoy on the go in case you run out of tea bags while you’re out. It’s a pretty convenient beverage to grab and go just before you visit the gym.
So, instead of loading up your body with isotonic and sugary drinks before exercising, why not opt for green tea that helps you maintain good health?
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Heaven and Earth® Ayataka™ Japanese Green Tea comes in 315ml cans, 500ml bottles and 1.5L bottles. It is sold at all major supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores and coffee shops across Singapore and is priced from $0.75 to $1.75.
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