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By now, you have probably heard of the health benefits of green tea and how amazing this magic drink is but do you know exactly what they are? The Eastern beverage we are all so curious to learn more about, seemingly has endless ‘pluses’ and no negatives, but what exactly are some of the benefits of drinking green tea?

Countless scientific studies have shown that consuming several cups of this useful elixir per day has nearly innumerable health benefits ranging from its ability to lower high blood pressure and regulate blood sugar to its knack for aiding in weight loss.

Health benefits of green tea include the reduction of the “bad” form of cholesterol. In addition, the same studies have shown lower levels of certain liver enzymes which suggest reduced risk of liver disease.

One of the health benefits of green tea is that it has been proven to increase your body’s ability to burn calories more efficiently. You won’t see weight melt off of you overnight, but the tea’s thermogenic properties can help you get over a stubborn weight-loss plateau or help you step up your metabolism.

For thousands of years, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have credited the health benefits of green tea with being helpful in preventing and treating all sorts of ailments.

We now know that the health benefits of green tea are due largely in part to its powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants are kept largely intact due to the very minimal processing that the leaves undergo. The harvesting, gentle processing, and the fact that the leaves are not allowed to oxidize or ferment, much of these polyphenols and antioxidants remain in the final product.

One of the most favorable health benefits of green tea is that it scavenges harmful free-radicals which contribute to aging and poor health. Consuming several cups per day or taking an extract is a great habit to get in to and although it does contain caffeine, it’s less in comparison to coffee.

Another health benefits of green tea is that you get the pick-me-up and mental clarity associated with caffeine—just minus the jittery side effects.

This beverage is perfect for helping people slowly wean themselves off of caffeine without the withdrawals and irritability while providing their body with disease-fighting phythochemicals!

Aside from the numerous and obvious health benefits of green tea, a soothing cup of can soothe our very minds.

Truly enjoying this timeless beverage affords us the much needed opportunity to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives and simply relax!

Click here for a complete guide to Green Tea
Photo by Dano 

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Serves 6.

Ingredients:
2 onions
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium squash
2 pints vegetable stock
1 cup dried chestnuts,
soaked
2 cloves garlic
1 bayleaf
1 teaspoon rosemary
Splash of cider vinegar
Parsley to garnish
Pinch paprika

Method:
Presoak the chestnuts overnight or use fresh chestnuts if available. Chop the onions roughly and fry in the olive oil until softened. Chop the squash, removing the skin and seeds, and sweat with the onions, turning occasionally until it starts to soften. Add the vegetable stock, chestnuts, crushed garlic, bayleaf and rosemary. Simmer for 40 minutes, remove the bayleaf and liquidise adding a splash of cider vinegar and a good twist of freshly ground black pepper.
Serve garnished with parsley and a sprinkle of paprika.
10 minutes preparation/50 minutes cooking.

Action:
Squash nourishes the Spleen, strengthening the Qi and helping remove Dampness. Chestnuts also support the Spleen as well as warming the Kidney, strengthening Yang and gently stimulating Blood circulation. This recipe is ideal for the condition of Spleen Yang Deficiency.

This recipe has been reproduced from Daverick Leggett and Meridian Press book Helping Ourselves, Click here to read Simon Fielding, European Journal of Oriental Medicine review.

Daverick along with Graeme McCracken also run daily seminars to weekly retreats on the theory and practice of food energetics, Qigong and Meditation, lectures in nutritional theory, tasting and cooking.