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How much green tea should I drink in a day?

How Much Green Tea Should I Drink In A Day?

Green tea enthusiasts all know there are many benefits of green tea, from the fantastic flavours and aromas that whisper softly above a steaming cup to the added health points you earn too. However, is there such a thing as overdoing it? Is green tea good for you when you drink it regularly?

Well, we have investigated this topic and have found out just how much green tea is advisable to drink in a day, so read on to discover the truth!

 

How much is enough?

Because the flavour is so good and there are numerous health and beauty benefits of green tea which come from drinking it, it’s often easy to forget how many enjoyable cups you’ve had in a day and more importantly, whether there is in fact too much of a good thing and what the effects of green tea are when you overdo it.

According to research, it’s advisable to drink up to three teacups of lovely green tea per day on average, but remember this is teacups, not mugs. However, the research suggests that it can be possible to exceed this recommended daily amount, but the jury is still out as to whether doing so will be healthy.

  • Five teacups of green tea a day have been said to help reduce the risk of certain cancers, but it’s over the recommended amount so proceed with caution.

 

 

  • Ten teacups of green tea a day are said to be the absolute limit and many in the healthcare industry consider this amount to be too much to consume in one day.

 

What are the effects of drinking too much green tea?

You should be fine if you stick to the recommended amount of three teacups of green tea per day, however, if you exceed this limit then you could experience some negative side-effects which are listed below.

Caffeine overload

One of the ingredients in green tea is caffeine, although green tea contains a much, much smaller amount of caffeine compared to black tea and coffee, which is one of the reasons it’s considered to be better for you.

If you drink too much green tea in one day, you might experience the effects of too much caffeine, such as the famous shakes, headaches and difficulty sleeping.

Overhydration!

You mightn’t have heard of it before because it is extremely rare but it can happen and it is caused by a severe imbalance of the body’s fluid levels and you guessed it, regularly drinking too many teacups of green tea in one day could cause overhydration.

When someone has consumed too much water, it can lead to water intoxication. When this happens, the body’s electrolytes and salts become severely diluted causing hyponatremia, which is what happens when the salt in the body becomes dangerously low.

So, as long as you are drinking the recommended amount of green tea per day you will be absolutely fine!

Nausea

That’s right, if you exceed the recommended daily amount of green tea in a day, then you could even experience stomach troubles and nausea due to the tannins or the polyphenols that are inside it which can cause digestive complaints in some people.

 

Don’t worry, in summation, as long as you stick to the recommended amounts of green tea in a day, you will be able to enjoy not only the fantastic flavour but also the rich health benefits as well. Stock up on your favourite green tea flavours today!

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What Are the Polyphenols in Green Tea?

You may have heard about ‘polyphenols’ – one of those many-syllabled health words that gets thrown around meaning ‘something that’s good for you’. Well as it turns out green tea is absolutely full of them, so we thought we’d take a moment to tell you all about polyphenols and why they’re yet another reason it’s worth getting a daily dose of green tea into your diet.

What’s a polyphenol?

Polyphenols are a type of healthy natural compound that occur in a whole range of things you’d expect to have in your diet every day. As well as green tea, they appear in olives, apples, spinach and celery.

There is a whole range of different types of polyphenols. The ones in green tea, and in fact one of the most important, are catechins.

Why are polyphenols in green tea so good for you?

Research shows that the specific catechins in green tea could improve your health in a whole range of different ways. Here are just a few examples:

Beneficial against obesity and type II diabetes

Studies show that the polyphenols in green tea show promising signs of protecting against the damage of obesity and type II diabetes, as well as the risk of developing coronary disease.

Helps metabolic processes

There’s also some compelling evidence to suggest that drinking green tea every day can have a beneficial impact on your metabolism – even going so far as to protect against metabolic syndrome.

Could help protect against cancer

The jury’s still very much out on this one, but studies suggest that drinking regular green tea can help decrease your likelihood of developing cancer. Even if there’s a small chance of green tea keeping you cancer free – that seems like a pretty good reason to incorporate it into your diet to us.

If you want to get more polyphenols in your life, then getting your hands on some Innova Green green tea sachets is a pretty quick and easy way of doing it. Have a look through our range right here and get yours today.

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When’s the Best Time to Drink Green Tea?

 

With something as universally healthy as green tea, it can seem like there’s never a bad time to drink it. And, by and large, that’s quite true. But due to the body’s metabolic processes, there are certainly better times to drink it than others.

So if you’re looking to get the maximum healthy, natural benefits, as well as a soothing, tasty treat, then here’s the best time of day to take it.

The caffeine effect

To many people, one of the downsides to drinking tea is the caffeine content. Luckily however, it’s not quite as much as other caffeinated hot drinks. In fact, green tea can have anything from half to a third of the amount of caffeine as your average cup of coffee.

As long as you avoid drinking it just after you’ve woken up and up to an hour before bed, its caffeine content shouldn’t noticeably affect you.

The weight loss effect

Green tea is often used as a healthy weight loss supplement, since it combines with an active diet and lifestyle to boost the body’s metabolism and encourage weight loss.

To get the full effect of this, try enjoying your it after a meal.

When should you not drink green tea?

Apart from when you wake up and before you sleep, the only other major time to avoid drinking green tea is on an empty stomach. Doing this could potentially exacerbate any side effects of drinking caffeine throughout the day – so just make sure you’ve eaten recently before enjoying your mug.

Liquid green tea

If you’re going to incorporate green tea into your life, whether once or multiple times a day, you’re going to want to find a quick and convenient way of doing it. Luckily, Innova Green liquid green tea is here to help. Simply pour the capsule into a mug, add water, and your healthy, soothing beverage is sorted.

Get yours today.

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It’s Revolutionary, Green Tea in a Sachet

Announcing the launch of Innova Green’s amazing new green tea sachets – transforming the way people prepare tea, forever.

If you’ve ever attempted to prepare a green tea you’ll know just how difficult it can be – choosing just the right leaves, heating the water to exactly the right temperature, steeping for just the right length of time, and, due to the delicacy of the process, if you get any element just a little bit off the results are undrinkable. It’s this time and complexity that has deterred all but the most dedicated from drinking green tea regularly, which is a real shame because not only does it taste delicious, but countless studies have been undertaken in an attempt to prove the many health and wellness benefits this tea affords its drinkers.

Innova Green’s green tea sachets have changed all that, making it quick and easy to prepare the perfect green tea in moments not minutes, no matter where you are.

Take a one-thousand-year-old recipe for the perfect green tea, add the very best minds in the business, a state of the art manufacturing facility, and an innovative mindset and you have a revolutionary new way to make tea.

In each of our sachets is the liquid essence of the finest green tea leaves, prepared for you so all you need to do is to tear open the sachet, pour its contents into warm or cold water – yes you can drink our green tea cold for the first time – and enjoy the subtle flavours of the most fabulous green tea immediately.

Innova Green’s green tea sachets can be bought in boxes of 15 for the home, the office or to take with you wherever you wish to enjoy your tea, or they can be bought in bulk should you wish for your airline, hotel, restaurant or teashop to serve the very best to its patrons, guests or passengers.

To find out what all the fuss is about, go to our Product page and sample the flavours of green tea perfection in an instant.

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The Ultimate Question in Green Tea Preparation – Steeping vs Sachet, Which is Best?

The thousand-year-old art of making green tea is not for the faint-hearted to attempt. There are temperatures, exact times and ingredients that must all be fastidiously adhered to in order to achieve the perfect cup of tea. If any element of the process is not completed to exacting specifications this delicate drink will be rendered bitter and undrinkable.

So, let’s dive in with the 4-step process to producing the perfect cup of green tea.

STEP #1: The tea leaves Quality of green tea leaf is not only a determinate of flavour, but of how much water you should be using in your steeping process. If your ratios are off then the resulting liquid will either be bitter or flavourless, neither of which are desirable.

STEP #2: The water Please do not make the mistake of believing that you can use any old water to make the perfect cup of green tea. Water quality is essential to the flavour you will draw from your green tea leaves. Do not use tap water, hard water or distilled water. Bottled spring water is by far the best option as it is softer with fewer minerals to interfere with the tea’s flavour.

STEP #3: Water temperature DO NOT ADD BOILING WATER. If your water is too hot your leaves will be assured to produce a bitter end result and nobody wants that. Correct water temperature must be achieved within a fairly narrow range and this range differs depending on the variety of green tea you are using – ranging from 40-60oC to 90-95oC.

STEP #4: Steeping Once again the time it takes for the water and tea leaves to work their magic depends largely on the leaves you are using. For some it as quick as one minute, for others it may be 3 minutes, but you must get your timing absolutely right or, as you know now, the result may be a bitter undrinkable liquid. Then of course you need to repeat the process of steeping several times over, each for 30-90 seconds.

Now your tea is ready, but you are not yet finished I’m afraid because not only is your selection of the perfect tea cup important (apparently standard Western tea cups are not suitable), and use of the right teapot to allow the leaves to open fully during steeping, but the art of pouring is something you must master as well. You must not swirl the tea or pour it too quickly, and any tea left in the teapot must be discarded as it will continue to steep and become increasingly bitter.

NOW FORGET THE 4 STEPS

Of course, there is something to be said for taking your time over making your tea, following an ancient ritual handed down through the generations, showing the leaves the respect they deserve. Or, you could just forget about all that faff and complexity and prioritise relaxation and actually enjoying your tea. Innova Green’s green tea sachets cut through all the time-consuming effort, giving you instant green tea wherever you are. Simply tear open the sachet, add to hot or cold water, and drink. It’s that easy.

Innova Green’s green tea sachets are for anyone who loves green tea, but also values their own time.

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Green Tea, What Do You Have With Yours?

How do you take your green tea? What do you mean you’ve never tried green tea before? Your really should because it’s taste is unlike anything you’ve experienced before – refreshing, light, delicate and delicious – and with Innova Green’s green tea sachets, made with Love in Ceylon, you can now prepare the perfect cup of green tea – served warm or cold – anytime, anywhere in an instant.

While I love a little a variety in my life and have therefore experimented with my green tea drinking, the question of the day is, how do you take yours?

Milk

The first piece of advice we can give you is do not add milk. This is green tea, not Earl Grey, and while you can add milk, it will, in our opinion, spoil the delicate flavour of one of the world’s most subtle teas. So please resist the urge to go to the fridge for a jug of full-fat, semi-skimmed, skimmed, organic, soy, rice, coconut or almond milk. They will all do just as much to detract from your green tea taste experience.

Sugar

The addition of sugar to your green tea is very much a matter of taste preferences. Personally, I love my green tea au naturel, but if you wish to sweeten your tea then go for it. One study by Mario Ferruzzi, lead researcher and associate professor of food science and nutrition at Purdue University, reported in The Times of India in 2009, suggested that adding sugar to green tea could actually have health benefits as it enables the body to more quickly absorb the tea’s antioxidants.

Lemon Juice

For those who wish to adapt the flavour of green tea to their preferences, lemon is one of the most popular ingredient to add. It’s distinctive zesty bite compliments the subtle tones of the tea perfectly and the additional shot of Vitamin C it affords bolsters the already impressive list of wellness promoting elements already present in your green tea.

Fruit

Why restrict yourself to lemon? Green tea can be taken with almost any fruit – peach, apple, and berries being among the most commonly added. Slice the fresh fruit into your tea and stir to release all their fruity goodness.

Honey

As a sugar substitute honey does really well, and for an even better taste experience you can try combining honey and lemon with your green tea.

Mint

A sprig of fresh mint added to your green tea creates a refreshing flavour difference and as the leaves and stems of many varieties of mint contain menthol this has the added benefit of calming the constitution.

These are just a few of the flavour enhancers you can add to your green tea, there are of course many more, and experimenting with different ones will enable you to find your own tea nirvana. No matter what you decide to add to your tea to make it just right for you, the starting point has to be a quality cuppa, the green tea itself. To discover just why Innova Green’s green tea sachets are so popular click on our Products page and sample a pack today.

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Fact or Myth – Can Green Tea Cure Cancer?

For over 1,300 years’ the far eastern delicacy that is green tea has been enjoyed by royalty and commoner alike. It is a drink that is steeped in history and ritual, remaining unchanged in many ways until modern times. Today a multitude of green tea varieties are grown across Asia and enjoyed around the globe, and with its blossoming popularity have come health claims, some reasonable, some wildly unlikely, that suggest green tea can do anything from lowering cholesterol to irradiating cancer. But, in a world awash with theory and light on facts, what’s the truth behind the wellness benefits of green tea?

According to online medical knowledgebase WebMD there is indeed research to support the claims that green tea can:

  • Improve blood flow
  • Lower cholesterol
  • And help prevent a whole range of heart-related issues including congestive heart failure

Apparently, it’s the Catechins, or antioxidants that may be preventing cell damage, promote healthy blood vessels, and ‘help protect against the damage a high fat diet can cause’.

Other studies have shown that green tea can also:

  • Improve the memory area of the brain
  • Reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • And stabilise blood sugar levels in those with diabetes

Claims have been made about green tea’s impact on cancer, and while this may seem an unlikely suggestion, studies have apparently been mixed in their agreement with this statement.

Once again, according to WebMD, there are some studies, incomplete as they may be at present, that suggest green tea does promote healthy cell growth and may even play a part in destroying cancer cells, though I repeat, this is early stage research.

The NHS Choices website says that the Chinese used green tea for medicinal purposes for centuries to treat headaches, depression and many other ailments, and, as well as antioxidants, they also say green tea contains vitamin B, folic acid, potassium, caffeine, manganese and magnesium.

As for green tea’s cancer fighting ability, it says that a 2009 review of 51 studies concluded that evidence was weak, but a 2015 study (conducted by researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in the US) looking at one of the compounds found in green tea when combined with an anti-cancer drug called Herceptin and it reported promising initial results.

So, does green tea cure cancer? Well, the jury is still out there, but we’d say a strong ‘maybe’ is a fair conclusion. Watch this space for more information, and in the meantime, why not cover all your bases and consider green tea to be, at the very least, a soothing, relaxing, delectable drink to enjoy morning noon and night, and if it’s health benefits turn out to be real then that’s a really positive bonus.