Drinking Green Tea Helps In The Fight With The Flu

Flu season hit us this year with a vengeance. With the swine flu (H1N1), it’s an epidemic.

And it’s not over yet. Moms are in a panic, waiting for a cough or fever that signals the start of a serious, contagious disease. It’s not entirely unreasonable to worry, because the flu results in approximately 30,000 deaths a year.

But there is something you can do about it. Prevention is as close as your cupboard.

Last month a Japanese researcher showed that green tea contains a powerful antioxidant that fights against three types of flu viruses, including H1N1.

Simply gargling or drinking a cup of green tea is a better way to prevent the flu than the common prescription drug used to prevent and treat it, Amantadine.

A good cup of home-brewed tea contains five to seven times the concentration needed to cut flu infections in half. Even H1N1.

Green tea contains anti-bacterial properties, and has also been shown to:

• Zap harmful free radicals.
• Promote joint comfort and mobility.
• Support healthy DNA, leaving cells stable and healthy.
• Boost your exercise capacity by up to 30%.
• Offer 25 to 100 times the potency of vitamins C and E.
• Change the way your body reacts to LDL to maintain healthy arteries.
• Fight against the damaging effects of toxin exposure.
• Guard against cancer.
• Increase the length of telomeres to reset your biological clock.
• Prevent bad breath and maintain healthy skin.

But stay away from green tea drinks that contain sugar, aspartame, or chemical additives. These additives counter the effects of the tea.

Instead, brew your own…

To brew a cup of green tea, bring water to a boil and combine with tea leaves in a teapot. Steep for one to four minutes, depending on the tea you use and the strength you enjoy. Drink it hot or pour it over ice. Try drinking green tea throughout the day for the best effects.

You can’t entirely isolate yourself from infection. But you can do something else right now to start building up your immune defenses.

From Al Sears, MD


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