green tea has EGCG which improves zinc absorptionEGCG stands for Epigallocatechin-3-gallate. This well known anti-oxidant has profound health benefits. Green tea is a great source of EGCG.

EGCG is one of many anti-oxidants known as catechins which is found abundantly in green tea. These catechins have been the focus in many published research articles which improve health issues like prostate cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and inflammatory conditions. Drinking green tea is one of the best ways to increase the amount of catechins in your system.

Drink Green Tea

One study showed drinking six cups of green tea a day can lower the risk of prostate cancer from 50% to 10% after two years. Another form of green tea called Matcha Tea, has 10 times the amount of catechins per serving. Be sure to buy Matcha tea from a reputable source. The purest forms come from Japan. Matcha tea comes in a powder form and you simply mix a little bit with water to drink it. Adding lemon juice to green tea also increases the amount of catechins. Do not add any dairy to your green tea, or eat any dairy within a two hour window of having green tea. The molecules in dairy bind with the catechins which make it unusable in your system.

Most importantly, EGCG may help improve zinc absorption into your cells. With Covid-19 still on the rise and cold/flu season approaching, zinc is very efficient at stopping the replication of viruses. Zinc is also a co-factor for nearly 3,000 proteins in your body. This means that zinc is very important for your body to be functioning at optimal levels.

Another trick to get more zinc in your system is take zinc with quercetin. Quercetin is found in onions, broccoli, berries, cherries, and coffee. Capers also boast high amounts of quercetin, although it may not please everyone’s palette. On the other hand, capers are inexpensive and easy purchase.

Dr Spencer Charlet
Mooresville Chiropractor


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