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Does Adding Lemon to Japanese Green Tea Enhance the Benefit?

January 01, 2023


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Green tea in itself is already a healthy drink. With numerous health advantages, you can't drink it without getting any benefits! On the other hand, lemon is a staple source of vitamin C. So it's not just consumed as a flavoring in different dishes but also added to various drinks, including water. And did you know it's also common to add it to green tea? 

Many tea manufacturing companies sell teas with lemon flavorings. But what does lemon have to do with the health benefits of green tea, if any? Does it offer any benefits to the drinkers? In this article, you'll discover the reasons for adding lemon to your favorite green tea drinks to make the most of the tea's health benefits. 


While green tea and lemon are natural fat burners by themselves, imagine combining these two powerhouses for weight loss. For example, you might start your day drinking a dash of lemon juice or a slice of the said fruit in your green tea. But adding lemon to your green tea boosts the latter's weight loss benefits with catechins. Additionally, the caffeine content of the tea leaves requires your body to exert more energy.

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Lemon is a booster for removing toxins into our bodies, acting as a natural detoxifier. It also provides nutrition for your body—the most prevalent is vitamin C. Through detoxification, your blood is cleansed from toxins and will let your body absorb more nutrients and weight loss boosters such as those found in green tea.

The lemon also helps the production of hydrochloric acid, which improves digestion. It also slows down the absorption of food, ensuring the nutrients from the food you take would fully break down into your body. Finally, lemon keeps you active and kick-starts your energy that would require burning more than your usual burnt calories without drinking a cup of green tea with a slice of lemon.


Toxin removal is not just beneficial for weight loss, but it also fights illnesses in the later stages of our lives. That's because green tea with lemon cleanses your other organs too. This includes the kidneys, boosting enzymes, and producing more bile in the liver for easier digestion. It can also reduce the surplus in the intestines (including fats and other blockers that might lead to cancer and heart attacks or strokes). So even a damaged liver could be improved by regularly drinking a cup of green tea with lemon.

Because green tea provides these anti-disease catechins that prevent the build-up of plaques surrounding the arteries, these are not fully absorbed by the body. Further, vitamin C in the lemon thoroughly cleanses the intestines and blood vessels and helps absorb nutrients. 

In a study by Purdue University, putting lemon in a cup of green tea helps as much as 13 times more to absorb the catechins and retains almost 80% of catechins in our body. These catechins fight disease while also increasing the metabolic rate in our bodies. In contrast, much of the alcohol and unwanted fats from meat and other unhealthy food in your body are removed, thanks to the vitamin C produced in lemon.

Drinking this miracle combination of lemon and green tea is even more effective in preventing stroke, asthma and cancer, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. This is because blood flow is streamlined and cleansed, acting as natural dialysis for your body, thanks to the boost of lemon's vitamin C.

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Iron is an essential nutrient. It's necessary to produce more red blood cells in our body and preserve energy, focus, gastrointestinal processes, immune system, and body temperature regulation.

However, drinking green tea may inhibit the absorption of such vitamins in our body as one of its side effects. But fret not! Studies also show that a slice or squeeze of lemon would already prevent such inhibition.

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Being a good source of vitamin C, drinking green tea with lemon also helps to boost your immune system as well, staving off coughs and colds, especially in humid or cold seasons. So if you have a cold? Then simply sipping a cup of green tea with lemon and getting a lot of rest can make a big difference!


Vitamin C in your green tea naturally heals your wounds quicker than doing nothing to them. Citrus fruits like lemon also make your bones and teeth stronger. An added benefit of lemon is that it also alkalizes the body that balances our PH levels. Balancing the pH levels reduces the uric acid in our body that causes joint pain.

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Your skin also glows since unwanted toxins that are harmful to our skin that causes blemishes and pimples would also be gone. Further, it naturally reduces the redness of your skin, soothes irritation, and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, folic acid and vitamin B are produced in your green tea with lemon, which would make your hair healthier. 

Indeed, green tea with lemon is all about beauty and cleansing inside out!

Drinking green tea

It's never too early for youngsters to take care of their bodies to delay the diseases of aging. They can do this by consuming a cup of green tea with lemon zest daily with warm water. On the other hand, oldies should drink this elixir to prevent other illnesses and cure their aches.

Be mindful, of course, that adding this citrus flavor changes the flavoring of your green tea. A squeeze of lemon added to green teas produced out of cheaper materials makes them more flavorful. At the same time, the natural flavor and aroma of exquisite green teas can change because of the sour taste of lemon.

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This post was first published in 2021 but it was updated in 2023 just for you. 

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