1. Different brands have different health benefits of green tea

    Green tea: choose your weapon

    If you want the disease-fighting power and health benefits of green tea, it's best to get out your kettle and brew your own -- because some bottled teas contain all the nutrients of a glass of rainwater.

    In other words, practically none at all.

    One of the best antioxidants in green tea, for example, is a catechin called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG for short. It's been shown to fight dementia, cancer, and more.

    (To learn more about green tea's dementia-fighting powers read this.)

    But Diet Snapple Green Tea was found to have just about none of these health benefits of green tea, according to a series of tests conducted by Honest Tea's Green Tea with Honey did a little better -- but not by much. The label claims each bottle contains 190 mg of healthy catechins, but's tests found just 60 percent of those levels.

    Maybe it's time to change the name -- because that's not exactly what I'd call an "honest" tea.

    Clearly, you want to stick to loose teas and teabags with the largest amount of health benefits of green tea instead -- but even then, the choice isn't as cut-and-dry as it might seem. Lipton and Bigelow, for example, contain high levels of antioxidants at a low price -- and very little caffeine, too.

    But don't stock up just yet -- because both contain lead, according to the test results.

    It could be because Lipton and Bigelow's green teas are grown largely in China, where lead contamination in the soil is all too common. While the lead seems to stay in the tea and not leech out into the water, I wouldn't take the risk myself.

    Teavana's Gyokuro green tea from Japan contains no lead and even higher levels of antioxidants. On the other hand, it also comes with a much higher price tag and as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.

    I won't recommend a specific brand, since it seems like there are tradeoffs all around. For the best results, avoid bottled teas and stick to green teas grown in safer regions to get the largest amount of health benefits of green tea.

    And if you're sensitive to caffeine, be sure to purchase a decaffeinated version.

  2. How the effects of green tea fight dementia

    Green tea compound protects the brain

    It's the all-natural brain booster that can protect and preserve memory and give your concentration a boost when you need it most.

    And that's not the only trick the effects of green tea have brewing.

    It can also help protect you from the "brain plaques" that lead to dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    These plaques are essentially scars that form on the brain, and what makes them especially scary is that once they form, there's often no turning back.

    Big Pharma has spent billions trying to develop a drug for those plaques, and they've come up empty.

    But the safe and natural effects of green tea contain a compound that might succeed where drugs have failed. It's called EGCG, or epigallocatechin-3-gallate, and in a new study it was able to break up the metals that form those plaques -- specifically copper, iron, and zinc.

    And even better, this powerful polyphenol can prevent those metals from forming new plaques.

    Now, when I test patients and find high levels of these and other metals, they often ask me a question you may be asking right now.

    Aren't these metals essential to health? Aren't they available in stores in vitamins and even sold as individual supplements?

    The answer is yes -- but these metals are only essential in small amounts, which is why you should stick to getting metals from the effects of green tea and avoid supplementing unless you've been specifically diagnosed with a deficiency.

    But even without supplements, many of us are exposed to unhealthy levels of metals from food, water, and other sources -- and when you get too much, they can accumulate in the brain and wreak havoc.

    Even when they don't form those plaques, they can lead to memory loss and other neurological problems.

    That's why it's essential to get tested for metals, especially if you've been suffering from any form of "brain fog" and even if you've been told you're in the early stages of dementia.

    And while green tea can help protect a healthy brain, don't rely on it alone to rid yourself of metals. You'll need a thorough detoxification program, possibly including chelation therapy.

    A holistic physician can test you and determine what approach is best for you. And if you're in the Southern California area, you're in luck: I'm proud to say I have one of the most highly regarded metals detoxification programs around.

    Contact my clinic for more information or to make an appointment.

  3. Green tea can wipe out tumors

    Green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cancer. Now, a new study shows how green tea sent straight to the cancer can wipe out up to 40 percent of skin tumors.
  4. Green tea can keep you on your toes

    Drop for drop, it's hard to top green tea when it comes to health benefits. The drink has been shown to help fight cancer, boost the immune system, and even help you to live longer. And now, a new study shows that it can keep you active and on your feet -- especially if you're getting up there in years.
  5. Green tea speeds weight loss

    There are no miracles when it comes to weight loss -- but that doesn't mean you can't get a little help. Green tea has been shown to boost the metabolism and help the body burn off fat -- and the latest research on mice shows why: One of the compounds in green tea can stop the body from absorbing fat and even help the body to better use the fat it does absorb.

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