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I read an article in Psychology Today over the weekend (sorry I can’t find it online, so I can’t link to it–check out a real life copy, it’s the September/October issue) that extolled the values of green tea. It’s been written about extensively in heath circles, and I always vaguely knew that it was good for me, but the scientific benefits outlined in this article made me an instant convert. I picked up a box at the grocery store last night and since it’s humid and 80 degrees in Brooklyn today, I made a big pitcher of Iced Green Tea.

Here’s just a little of its benefits:

  • The antioxidants found most abundantly in green tea help defend against: heart disease, cancer, obesity, and memory loss (of course you know that you can’t JUST drink green tea to help fight those things right, OK, good.)
  • Slows tumor growth and prevents accumulated toxins from destroying brain cells.
  • Inhibits the formation of arterial plaque  and clots.
  • The caffeine in green tea has been linked in studies to a lower risk of death from stroke and heart disease (38% for men, 22% for women)
  • Increases the number of T cells and boosts immunity (which can help decrease conditions like celiac disease)
  • Give your skin more elasticity, and boots the skin’s natural glow.
Such a small and easy new habit that could over time make a big difference. That’s what positive change is made of. What small changes have you made that have made a big long-term impact.