Some people in certain countries like to add lemon juice to their green tea. So, why do they add lemon juice to green tea and is that beneficial for their health?
Green tea has a substance that can fight free radical, it is called catechins. Besides that, this substance is also useful to combat cancer, heart attack and stroke. But this substance cannot get into the bloodstream. Mario Ferruzzi, assistant professor of food science at Purdue University did research about this. He said that catechins are relatively unstable in non-acidic environments, such as the intestines, and less than 20 percent of the total remains after digestion. About 80 percent of catechins in green tea are not absorbed by body.
“Off the bat you are eliminating a large majority of the catechins from plain green tea,” Ferruzzi said as quoted from ScienceDaily. “We have to address this fact if we want to improve bodily absorption.”
But don’t worry; to get the full benefits of catechins in green tea, we can add lemon juice. Vitamin C in lemon juice is the key that helps the absorption of the substance. This vitamin can be found easily in citrus family such as lime, lemon or other citrus fruits.
Vitamin C increases the ability of body to absorb catechins by increasing acidity of small intestine. Besides that, this green tea with lemon juice is also useful to:
-Help loss weight
-Maintain knee health since its catechins can fight inflammation and arthritis.
-Maintain skin health, especially if you apply it on your face