Age Healthier with Green Tea

Age Healthier with Green Tea

Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world and with good reason. There's a variety out there for every tastebud, including white, green, herbal, black and oolong. And all are naturally low in calories (excluding those sugar-packed bottles on the shelf of course).

The best part: many provide a much smaller amount of caffeine than coffee, giving a nice boost without the jitters! Just be sure to check the specific caffeine level on each tea box since the level does vary significantly depending on the variety of tea.

And while teas don't usually boast tons of nutrients, they are absolutely rich in health-superheroes called polyphenols (1).

Polyphenols are plant chemicals that act as antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests they may help prevent diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, obesity and cardiovascular disease (2, 3, 4).

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Green teas, which differ from black teas due to their lack of fermentation, are particularly abundant in polyphenols, especially a type referred to as catechins. Although black teas may still provide health benefits, the catechins give green teas an edge. In fact, catechins may be particularly beneficial for the prevention of lung, breast, esophageal, stomach, liver and prostate cancers.

Green tea, like the lovely and increasingly popular matcha (a specially prepared powdered form of green tea), is a research-backed brain and mood superfood. One cup of green tea can help our memories and our focus, all while increasing relaxation (yes, please!) (3).

Even more, drinking green tea, as opposed to black tea, may help us age healthier (6). With no list of severe adverse effects (not even our everyday pain relievers can boast that), green tea is all gain (2, 4).
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Storing Teas

Tea bags and leaves should always be stored at room temperature in airtight containers on a dark shelf. Refrigerating or freezing can add unwanted moisture to the leaves.

Loose leaf tea usually lasts a year after opening, but it depends on the varietyalways check if the flavor is still potent. For tea bags, refer to the best-by-date on the packaging. Often, the tea will last up to a year beyond this date, but, again, the best way to check is to brew a cup and see if it still has the desired flavor.

Green tea with collagen peptides

Preparing Teas

You should always check your tea box for specific instructions since different varieties may prefer different treatments. But generally, green tea is steeped at a cooler temperature than black teaabout 140º F to 180º F. Tea enthusiasts also prefer to boil filtered water on the stove. But don’t worry, if you just have regular ol’ tap, what they don’t know won’t hurt them...

To begin, add your water to a tea kettle (electric or on the stove) or even a microwave-safe glass and bring to a boil. In order to reach 180º F, let the water cool for about 1-3 minutes (or if you’re being precise use a thermometer). If the tea box instructs you to bring it down to 140º F, let the water cool for about 5 minutes.

Next, add 1 tsp of loose green tea leaves per cup of water to your favorite tea strainer or add one tea bag to your mug. Let the tea leaves take a warm dip for anywhere between 1 - 3 minutes depending on the variety. Just be sure to check on it. If it steeps for too long (especially at higher temperatures) the flavor can become bitter!

Hot green tea and collagen peptides

Hot Green Tea

For a beverage with serious benefits for healthy aging, we recommend adding Healthful Seasons collagen peptides directly to warm green tea. If you’re looking for a flavorful twist, try adding a dash of cinnamon, ginger (fresh or dried), fresh peppermint, a slice of lemon or a few pieces of dried fruit.

Iced Green Tea with Lemon and Collagen Peptides

Iced Green Tea

Satisfying your iced green tea craving on a hot summer day is easier than you might think. First, brew your tea hot as normal. Next, we recommend adding your desired add-ins such as honey and collagen peptides which tend to blend in a little bit easier in warmer liquids. Then, refrigerate until cool and serve over ice.

Green Tea Smoothies

It's no secret that we're total smoothie nuts at Healthful Seasons. And why not! There are a million reasons to incorporate more smoothies into you're diet. Not least of all is how easy and delicious smoothies can make getting that extra dose of health-packed veggies and fruits in. 

In fact, many of our favorite fruits and veggies for smoothies are especially high in the antioxidant vitamin C. Our bodies need that vitamin C to process collagen. And why do we need collagen? Simply put, for healthy hair, glowing skin, and healthy joints.

Which means, collagen peptides and vitamin C-rich smoothies like a classic strawberry banana or poolside pineapple are a perfect match. Throw smoothie enhancers into the mix like antioxidant-rich Spirit of the Morning or ashwagandha-powered Winter Cherry, and a smoothie's health punch is simply unmatched.

Blackberry Green Tea Cooler with collagen peptides from Healthful Seasons

What's more, just about all of the vitamin C-packed fruits you can think ofblackberries, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, raspberriespair deliciously with the earthy base of green tea.

And it's SO easy to modify your favorite smoothie recipe to reap the health benefits of green tea.

For instance, try switching out the ice required for your smoothie with frozen green tea. To prepare the tea, simply brew as directed and then freeze in ice cube trays. Another option is adding matcha powder directly to a berry or citrus-flavored smoothie.

We also love using cooled green tea as a liquid base in smoothie recipes and thickening it up with frozen banana or yogurt. Refreshing, relaxing, and a crazy effective boost for the body, mind, and soul. 


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Research

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  2. Tang GY, Meng X, Gan RY, et al. Health Functions and Related Molecular Mechanisms of Tea Components: An Update Review. Int J Mol Sci. 2019;20(24):6196. Published 2019 Dec 8. doi:10.3390/ijms20246196
  3. Mancini E, Beglinger C, Drewe J, Zanchi D, Lang UE, Borgwardt S. Green tea effects on cognition, mood and human brain function: A systematic review. Phytomedicine. 2017 Oct 15;34:26-37. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2017.07.008. Epub 2017 Jul 27. PMID: 28899506.
  4. Ohishi T, Goto S, Monira P, Isemura M, Nakamura Y. Anti-inflammatory Action of Green Tea. Antiinflamm Antiallergy Agents Med Chem. 2016;15(2):74-90. doi: 10.2174/1871523015666160915154443. PMID: 27634207.
  5. Musial C, Kuban-Jankowska A, Gorska-Ponikowska M. Beneficial Properties of Green Tea Catechins. Int J Mol Sci. 2020;21(5):1744. Published 2020 Mar 4. doi:10.3390/ijms21051744
  6. Naumovski N, Foscolou A, D'Cunha NM, Tyrovolas S, Chrysohoou C, Sidossis LS, Rallidis L, Matalas AL, Polychronopoulos E, Pitsavos C, Panagiotakos D. The Association between Green and Black Tea Consumption on Successful Aging: A Combined Analysis of the ATTICA and MEDiterranean ISlands (MEDIS) Epidemiological Studies. Molecules. 2019 May 15;24(10):1862. doi: 10.3390/molecules24101862. PMID: 31096548; PMCID: PMC6571865.

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