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is there a specific way to make nescafe or green tea in a healthy way?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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See details: Put a teabag in a cup and pour hot water into the cup. The only healthy way is not to use any sweeteners.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Green tea is: Far healthier then coffee. Try drinking organic, decaffeinated green tea and don't exceed five cups per day. Enjoy.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How healthy is green tea?

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Dr. Shana Weiss
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Unclear: Green tea may have a significant amount of caffeine in it, which can cause elevated blood pressure or heart palpitations. However, it may provide some health benefits. There are no long term studies available yet about the health benefits of green tea, so proceed with caution.
A 24-year-old member asked:

Does green tea have any side effects?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Yes, from caffeine: Green tea has many health benefits, due to its antioxidant effects. There is evidence it can prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease, improve immune function, prevent tooth decay, lower blood sugar and stimulate weight loss. It is safe and generally well tolerated, but it does contain caffeine (though decaffeinated forms are available). Thus, the most common side effects are due to excess caffeine, including insomnia, anxiety, heart palpitations, nausea and vomiting. However, the amount of caffeine in green tea is about 1/4 the amount in coffee, so one will not likely experience such effects unless they drink large quantities. There is also the potential for large amounts of green tea to interact with certain medications- for example, it can reduce the effects of Coumadin (warfarin) (but then again, thousands of substances interact with coumadin!) and lower blood levels of lithium. See http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/green-tea-000255.Htm for more information.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Im switching to green tea. How will that help ?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Many benefits: Green tea has been proven to have remarkable health benefits because it is rich in antioxidant polyphenols known as catechins, as well as l-theanine which has a calming effect. Among the proven benefits of green tea: preventing cardiovascular disease, lowers cholesterol & blood sugar, prevents many different cancers, protects the liver. See http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/green-tea-000255.Htm.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can green tea give you spots?

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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Maybe: Green tea is the latest in a long line of overhyped nutritional products. Claims include wieght loss, better health, longer life, better endurance. Do not believe the hype. Yes green tea contains some anti-oxidants and phytonutrients, but it still contains caffiene which is a stimulant and has duiretic properties. Too much green tea is not good for you.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is decaf green tea safe to drink?

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
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Yes: The decaffeinated form of green tea is the recommended type. Green tea should be used with caution if you are taking medications or have pre-existing medical conditions. Like all herbal supplements, it should also be used with caution in children under 2 or pregnant or lactating women.

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