What's The Best Time To Drink Green Tea?

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People all over the world drink green tea for its delicious flavor and the numerous health benefits it is thought to provide.

Surprisingly, the time of day you choose to consume the drink can impact not only your ability to enjoy these benefits but also your vulnerability to certain drawbacks.

Best Time - Morning

Many drink green tea in the morning to improve focus and concentration. The drink's mind-sharpening properties are partly due to caffeine.

Best Time - Morning

Unlike coffee, green tea contains also L-theanine, a calming amino acid. Having this tea in the morning is a great way to start the day.

Best Time - Near Exercise

Green tea may be beneficial before exercise, according to research. Green tea extract increased fat burning by 17% in a study of 12 men compared to a placebo.

Best Time - Near Exercise

One study in 20 men found that 500 mg of green tea extract reduced markers of exercise-induced muscle damage.

Worst Time - Mealtimes

Green tea compounds can bind to minerals and block absorption. Antinutrient tannins in green tea reduce iron absorption.

Worst Time - Mealtimes

Green tea's epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) can bind to iron, copper, and chromium, preventing their absorption.

Worst Time - Before Sleep

Green tea has 35 mg of caffeine per cup (237 ml). While much less than the 96 mg of caffeine in coffee, it can still cause side effects in caffeine-sensitive people.

Worst Time - Before Sleep

Because of this, those who are sensitive to caffeine may also want to avoid drinking green tea up to six hours before bed.

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