Experience the Health Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea is one of the most popular teas in the world, and for good reason. Reap the benefits of this antioxidant-rich powerhouse with recipes that reimagine what it means to enjoy green tea.
It’s no wonder that green tea is revered in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, and tends to be a staple in our modern pantries. Containing about half the amount of caffeine as the same serving of coffee, sipping green tea is just as energizing as it is beneficial. The secret to the potency of these tea leaves lies in their unrivaled flavonoid content, a type of antioxidant that helps support your body’s ability to manage oxidative stress.
Flavonoids like epigallocatechin-3-gallate and other compounds called catechins are abundant in green tea and make up about 30% of the dry weight of the leaf. These compounds are the catalysts for green tea’s laundry list of benefits, from oral health to immune support.
The catechins in green tea operate as potent free radical scavengers. When sipped or held in the mouth, green tea has been proven to help support oral health by helping soothe irritation and promoting the balance of beneficial bacteria in the oral microbiome.
When you receive your recommendations from your Viome test results, you could see green tea as a "Superfood" to support a variety of your health scores when needed, including your joints, your oral and gum health, as well as healthy weight maintenance support. In addition, green tea has never been recommended as an “Avoid” food in our Viome food recommendations.
Want to experience the benefits? From traditional preparation to imaginative approaches, support your inner-health, energy levels, and tastebuds with some of our favorite green tea and matcha green tea recipes.
Traditional Green Tea
1 tea bag or 3g of loose leaf
8oz of water
To receive optimal benefits from your cup of green tea, brew with water at a lower temperature between 160–170°F and for a shorter period of time. About 5-10 minutes of brewing will do the trick.
Green Tea Muffins
1 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
¼ cup of honey
⅓ cup melted butter
1 cup nut milk
Preheat oven to 350°F and coat a 12-cup muffin tin with butter or oil. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, and matcha and whisk. Set aside while you whisk egg, melted butter, nut milk, and honey in a separate bowl. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture until moistened. Pour the batter into your muffin cups and bake for about 25 minutes. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes and enjoy!
Summer Green Tea Infusion
8 cups of water
8 green tea bags
1 bunch of fresh mint
1 cup of honey
½ cup of fresh lime juice
Ice, mint sprigs, and lime slices for garnish
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Let cool, and add tea bags and mint. Cover and steep for about 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and add honey. Stir until honey dissolves. Add remaining 4 cups of chilled water. Chill tea in the refrigerator before serving, and garnishes for added flavor.