Tea with lemon - do we know everything about the benefits and harm of a familiar drink

  • Mar 09, 2018

For a few hundred years before the Russian prime minister forced Internet users to practice witty changes in the name of unpatriotic American coffee, our compatriots wrote a recipe that can rightly be proud of the "rusiano" - and this is not coffee, but tea withLemon. Yes, yes, this way of drinking is ours. According to one of the versions, citizens who traveled by horse transport and suffered from motion sickness started to add tea to tea, according to the second, a certain aristocrat, free from gastronomic stereotypes and prejudices, was asked by the fashion, the third was played by the favorite Russian principle "all the best at once": "Tea leaves and lemons were brought from the east in about one period of time. Be that as it may, tea with citrus was invented in Russia - "and all other countries envy us."This habit really causes bewilderment among representatives of other nations, but when did Russians worry about the harm and benefits of a drink?


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  • 4 From tea - is or is not there?
    • 5 What diseases helps
    • 6 Recipes
    • 7 allowed if during pregnancy and breastfeeding
    • 8 Contraindications and side effects

    Tea with lemon: Benefit and harm

    Opponents of adding lemon to tea insist that citrus kills a delicate tea flavor. In this there is some truth, so the absolute right of every gourmet is to drink properly brewed tea in its pure form. For all the rest, the astringency and light bitterness of the drink are perfectly complemented by lemon sourness. It can be perceived as a separate, self-sufficient drink that has unique taste qualities, and at the same time a lot of its own useful properties. What is useful lemon tea?
    The main lemon weapon is, of course, vitamin C. Ascorbic acid neutralizes the effect of free radicals, slows the aging process, increases immunity, stimulates metabolism, dilutes blood and strengthens the walls of blood vessels. In addition, vitamin C has a powerful antiseptic effect. Add lemon can be in black and green. In any case, the beneficial properties of the lemon are complemented by bactericidal, anti-inflammatory and protective effects, which are responsible for the tannins contained in tea - but in green tea these substances are about 2 times larger. And, of course, the combination of tea and lemon contains more vitamins and minerals than each of the products individually. Moreover, tea contains bioflavonoids of the vitamin P group that are involved in the oxidation-reduction processes in the "cooperation" with ascorbic acid, increase the concentration of hyaluronic acid and reduce the permeability and fragility of the blood vessels. As a result, Vessels. These same vitamins of group P prevent oxidation of ascorbic acid."Aggravating" the green drink with a slice of lemon, we get a drink that has no equal in antioxidant properties: the concentration of organic substances from the group of flavonoids - catechins - will increase 6-7 times. Thus, lemon and tea not only successfully combine, but also enhance each other's action.
    Lemon tea contains polysaccharides - including pectins that rid the body of cholesterol, toxins and toxins, as well as alkaloids( for example, caffeine), stimulating the work of the nervous system and, together with catechins, improve digestion. When is the drink harmful? Like any other product - for abuse. The recommended daily dose is 700 ml, that is 3-4 standard cups.

    Russians love harder and hot

    It is widely believed that the lemon reduces the strength of tea. This misconception is based on the fact that when a lemon is added, the beverage becomes lighter. But the shade change is an exclusively visual effect, caused by the fact that citric acid destroys pigments. For caffeine content, citrus fruits have no effect, therefore, to increase the dose of tea, when planning to add a slice of lemon, do not.
    And here's another common point of view - that tea with lemon juice, especially when treating a cold, should be as hot as possible - it can not be unequivocally called erroneous. Scientists are still arguing at what temperature ascorbic acid is destroyed, in particular its isomer L, which has biological activity. Even if boiling reduces the benefit of the product by a negligible percentage - in any case, more vitamin C is contained in citrus, not subjected to heat treatment, so it is desirable to add the lemon already into the brewed, slightly cooled.

    Tea with lemon The tea becomes lighter, but its strength does not change

    There is one more thing: for ascorbic acid, not so much the temperature as the contact with oxygen and light is pernicious. That's why the lemon needs to be cut directly before eating - in our case before adding to the tea.

    Tea, lemon, blood pressure - arrange in the correct sequence

    Information on the topic, reduces or increases tea with a slice of lemon blood pressure, it turns out at times quite contradictory. Let's start in order. Let's start with the main thing: one cup of tea with a slice of lemon will not have a decisive influence on the pressure, so there is nothing to worry about hypertensive patients or hypotensive patients. Further, the lemon has the property of diluting the blood and, accordingly, lowering the pressure. Strongly brewed, especially black, contains more B vitamins, including nicotinic acid, so the pressure increases. And in a weak tea more routine, contributing to a decrease in pressure. But, again, it all matters only at high dosages of the drink. But the so-called red tea - karkade - the pressure drops quite strongly, and in combination with lemon this drink is literally created for those suffering from hypertension.

    Lemon from tea - is there or not?

    There is a legend about how the famous composer Shostakovich surprised Elizabeth II and her associates by eating a slice of lemon from his cup while drinking tea. Tradition says that the royal endurance and tactfulness was enough to make it as though nothing had happened to repeat the actions of Dmitry Dmitrievich - although this contradicted the rules of etiquette.

    lemon The lemon itself is rich in vitamins

    For demonstration of exquisite manners there is a lemon from tea, maybe not the best habit, but for health it is very useful. The fact is that the citrus peel contains even more essential oils, flavonoids and phytoncides than in the pulp.

    Which diseases does the

    help with?From flu and cold.
    Hot tea with lemon is a way of treating catarrhal diseases known to each of us since childhood. How effective is it? An unshakable rule in case of illness is to drink as much as possible. And here as a drink( and preferably also with honey) - a good recipe. In addition to immunostimulating properties of ascorbic acid, the drink enhances sweating, has a diuretic effect, promotes liquefaction and excretion of sputum.
  • From sore throat.
    During the acute phase of the inflammatory process, tea is not recommended to abuse tea with lemon, as citrus fruits have an irritating effect on the mucous membranes. At the initial stage of the disease and at the stage of recovery from sore throats, the drink will prove to be quite useful: the drink helps fight infection, increase the body's resistance and eliminate edema.
  • From cough.
    Drink with lemon and ginger, in addition to the restorative effect, has an expectorant effect, helps to eliminate pain symptoms with a strong cough.
  • At temperature.
    The main thing is to understand: the temperature is the reaction of the body to the causative agents of a disease. And it is necessary to fight first of all with pathogens. But to eliminate the unpleasant sensations and reduce the risk of dehydration, it will perfectly suit.
  • Under increased and reduced pressure.
    As we have already said, lemon and tea separately have a different effect on blood pressure. Moreover, the decisive factor is the strength of tea. So, lower the pressure will help the weak green with a lot of citrus, and raise - strong black with a small slice of citrus.
  • From a hangover.
    Will rescue a drink and next morning after alcoholic libations - thanks to all the same ability of vitamin C to liquefy the blood, as well as the catabolic caffeine. And in this situation, it will be superfluous to sweeten tea with sugar or honey: glucose will give the body energy and help cope with the consequences of dehydration.
  • From the "sea sickness".
    This is the favorite drink of those who like to travel, but does not tolerate trips. The tool not only helps to overcome nausea, but also gives strength to survive the trip.
  • From fatigue and bad mood.
    Tea with a slice of lemon for breakfast, especially green, invigorates, warms and helps to cope with stress.
  • With gastritis.
    Lemon drink increases the acidity in the stomach, so the drink is contraindicated in people who cause gastritis and so is the excess gastric secretion. And vice versa, if gastritis is caused by low acidity, lemon tea is the right remedy.
  • For diarrhea and poisoning.
    The bactericidal and astringent effect of polyphenols contained in tea makes the drink an indispensable assistant for food poisoning and diarrhea. These substances interact with "bad" proteins, metals and acids, forming safe compounds. Citrus kills harmful bacteria and microbes, and also promotes the rapid removal of toxic substances from the body. The easiest way is to brew strong tea, add a small slice of lemon.
  • When vomiting.
    A cup of chilled green tea with plenty of lemon and no sugar will help stop vomiting.
    Both with diarrhea and vomiting, it is necessary to establish the cause of the ailment. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention immediately.
  • For weight loss.
    Firstly, it is a low-calorie drink that can be drunk in unlimited( in terms of excess weight) quantities. Secondly, citric acid promotes the breakdown of fats and the acceleration of metabolism. Ideal drink in terms of weight loss - tea with lemon and ginger. In all the above situations, it is an excellent adjuvant therapy that can alleviate the symptoms of the disease and support the body in the fight against the disease. The main treatment should be appointed by a doctor.
  • Recipes of the

    For each type of tea there is a recommended method of preparation. Black and red are brewed with water 90 ° С. .. 100 ° С, green and white tea - 75 ° С. .. 85 ° С. Water quality is of great importance. Do not re-use boiled water. The best tableware is a ceramic kettle, many experts advise to rinse it with boiling water before pouring tea leaves. During brewing, pour water into the kettle is not necessary until the end, a maximum of 2/3 of the volume. Depending on the variety, the drink is infused for 3 to 10 minutes. After 20 minutes, the drink becomes unsuitable for consumption, so after the due time the tea must be poured into cups or poured into another vessel. Lemon, as we have already said, is optimally added just before the beginning of the tea ceremony.

    • Classic black tea with lemon
      Brew tea leaves with boiling water from the calculation of 1 teaspoon per cup, let it brew for 5-7 minutes, add 1 slice of lemon per serving.
    • Green
      The maximum water temperature for brewing green tea is 85 °, the maximum infusion time is 5 minutes. Connoisseurs of tea culture argue that the first brew should be drained, and the second - to use inside. Lemon is added before you drink tea.
    • With rind.
      Remove lemon peel from the lemon, dry in the sun or in the oven. Grind the peel with a coffee grinder and mix with the leaves of black or green tea in a 1: 5 ratio.
    • Puer with lemon.
      This is not the most traditional combination, but such a recipe also has a right to exist - especially as a method to quickly charge an organism with energy. Pu-er is brewed from the calculation of 1-1.5 teaspoons per 100 ml of water. The younger the Puer, the lower the water temperature( starting from 80 ° C).The first brewing is drained in 15-20 seconds, then brewed again, and after 3 minutes the drink can be consumed.
    • With ginger.
      The root of ginger is a known means for speeding up metabolism, fighting infections, as well as getting rid of excess kilograms. Tea with lemon and ginger has a pronounced diuretic effect. The most common recipe for ginger-lemon tea prescribes to fill 1 liter of boiling water with the average ginger root in a crushed form and boil over a small fire for 5-7 minutes. The resulting mixture is filtered and used for brewing tea leaves. Lemon add at the end, when the drink will cool slightly.
    • With mint.
      Mint is characterized by a calming effect.1-2 leaves a fresh or ½ teaspoon of dried mint brewed with tea, a few minutes later add a slice of lemon.
    • With cinnamon and cloves.
      Spicy spices will not only diversify the taste of lemon tea, but also enhance its therapeutic effect, since both cinnamon and clove themselves have a pronounced bactericidal action and a positive effect on metabolism. For 0.5 liters of tea, add 1 stick of cinnamon and 2-3 carnations umbrellas.
    • With honey.
      A known means for the prevention and treatment of a variety of diseases. Honey does not tolerate high temperatures, so if you are preparing a drink for medicinal purposes, add honey when the tea has already cooled down( to about 40 ° C).
    • Cold with lemon.
      Not quite the usual for Russian cuisine, but a very interesting way of preparing a refreshing drink. Tea with lemon effectively quenches thirst, and also protects the body from dehydration, promoting the assimilation of nutrients. Therefore, the drink is useful and pleasant to use on hot days. You can simply cool the green tea and add a slice of lemon before serving. There are also more intricate recipes: for example, brew 2 teaspoons of green tea with 200 ml of water, let it brew, add ½ lemon in the cut form and put in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. Then the mixture is filtered and diluted with 150 ml of carbonated mineral water. Citrus ice for tea.
      Lemon finely chopped, put in a mold to be frozen and poured with water( can be sweetened).Add to tea as needed.
    • Additional Ingredients.
      The drink can be varied with additional ingredients of vegetable origin, which both improve the taste of the drink and contribute to its health effects. Such ingredients can be thyme, linden, jasmine, chamomile, anise, melissa.

    Is it permitted during pregnancy and breastfeeding

    Provided there is no individual intolerance, lemon for pregnant women is an excellent source of ascorbic acid and a way to strengthen immunity. In addition, the sour taste of tea with lemon will help the future mother cope with the toxicosis. Thus the caffeine content in tea can lead to an increased tone of the uterus, so tea with lemon during pregnancy, especially in the first and third trimesters, it is best to use with caution, not more than 1 cup per day.

    pregnancy Tea with lemon is drunk and during pregnancy

    Another option is to replace the usual types of tea with herbal or white. Drink should be drunk in strictly limited dosages when breastfeeding: any tonic drinks should not be drunk in large quantities during lactation because of the high probability of a negative effect on the baby's nervous system, and a lemon in breast milk can become a strong allergen for a newborn.

    Contraindications and side effects

    An obvious contraindication to drinking tea with lemon is an allergy to citrus fruits. In addition, the drink has the property of increasing the acidity of the stomach, so people who have excessive secretion of gastric juice, it is recommended to drink it with caution. Contraindications include colitis, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer and duodenal ulcer. People who have problems with sleep, it is better not to drink tea with lemon or without it in the afternoon. Even for healthy people, there are restrictions on the dosages of tea - the maximum daily volume is 5 cups. We already know that any tea is a good drink for diarrhea - but with constipation, doctors do not recommend it. Because of the high concentration of caffeine, it is contraindicated in patients with glaucoma.

    At the beginning of the article, we mentioned the story according to which the invention of tea with lemon is the merit of postal workers who offered tired drink to travelers as a means of motion sickness. So, the full version sounded like this: do you want lemon or a towel for tea? In the second case, the traveler was asked to drink a few cups of hot tea on herbs to get a good sweat. And this option was chosen most often - lemons were not cheap pleasure. Today, fortunately, lemons are available to everyone, so you can please yourself with a cup of tea-citrus drink at any time. But even here you need to know the extent: adhere to recommended dosages and listen to your body.

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