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Catechin-Rich Ice Tea

Catechin-Rich Ice Tea

Catechins found in green tea have been shown to possess strong antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. This recipe uses loose tea leaves (instead of using tea bags) and advises a relatively long brewing time, both of which improve the release of catechins from green tea leaves. Lemon juice, rich in vitamin C, further improves the availability of catechins.



  • 2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 tsp loose green tea leaves
  • (loose leaves release more catechins than tea bags)
  • 3 Tbsp freshly pressed organic lemon juice



  • Boil the water. Place green tea leaves in tea pot and pour boiling water into the pot. Let steep five minutes.
  • Strain the tea and add lemon juice (lemon juice is rich in vitamin C which helps make the catechins contained in green tea more available to the body).
  • Refrigerate until completely chilled before serving.
  • Serve with eco-friendly straws made of tough borosilicate glass, stainless steel, or bamboo.