Functional Nutritionist Explains How Lemon Can Improve Green Tea
Simple: just squeeze a little lemon in your tea. “Most people don’t know this, but if you have green tea and squeeze lemon into the tea, you can potentiate the catechins and make the catechins work better in your body,” says Minich. Of course, more research is needed to back up this claim, but science endorses the relationship as a whole.
Specifically, a study found that lemon green tea had more polyphenols than green tea alone. That’s not to say that green tea doesn’t have its own impressive list of antioxidants – it sure does! – but when you compare the two, lemon green tea has its slight differences. Another theory, as described in the Journal of Food Processing and Technology, is it lemon the high acid content improves the antioxidants in green tea, which then makes them more easily absorbed by the body.
Additionally, lemon already has its own antioxidant profile, with significant amounts of vitamin C which supports the immune system, so it can’t hurt to squeeze some juice into your morning cup of tea. Better yet, add the zest as well: lemon zest contains compounds called salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which are known to have antioxidant properties, and the lemon zest may have five to 10 times more vitamins than the juice itself.
You are probably thinking: Lemon green tea? Is that the trick? To which we say: Of course! And that’s exactly what makes this hack so great. It’s simple, accessible and familiar, yet, according to Minich, a little citrus can dramatically improve the benefits of your tea.