Better Than Green Tea?

Daily Antioxidant Tea Recipe For Breast CancerThis new data on the antioxidant content of thousands of foods revolutionized the way my family eats. For example, you’ve known me as a veritable green tea fanatic, not because I particularly like it, but because that’s what the science said was the best thing to drink. But that was before 283 beverages were tested. I don’t think I could even name 283 beverages. They tested everything from red bull, to crowberry liquor.

Let me pull out a few… Water has zero antioxidants, as does Red Bull. At this scale Pepsi, Coke, and cow’s milk get a 1; glass of white wine; a cup of red tea; … black tea… green tea, red wine—7 times the antioxidant power of white, but neither as good as grape juice. Here’s a shot of espresso, a cup of coffee, and matcha tea—tea made out of powdered green tea leaves, which is what I’ve been drinking.

But what is this? What beverage could be better than actually eating green tea leaves? Matcha has met its match. In terms of antioxidant power, the healthiest thing to drink on the planet earth appears to be… hibiscus tea! So like red zinger blows everything else out of the water.

Here’s my latest recipe:

  • Half gallon of water
  • 8 cups
  • 4 bags of tea in which hibiscus is the first ingredient—I like wild berry zinger
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons of erythritol


I just put it in the fridge overnight. No need to heat it; it can just cold brew. In the morning I take out the tea bags, shake it up, and drink throughout the day, every day, all day long.

And as always, extra credit, for green foam: pour a cup of the tea into a blender with a bunch of fresh mint leaves, blend on high, and then pour it back. So you have dark green leafies blended into what may be the highest antioxidant beverage in the world, and it tastes – like fruit punch. Your kids will love it!

Doctor’s Note

Note the impressive manganese content of hibiscus tea may exceed recommended limits at high intakes, though, so we probably shouldn’t drink more than those 4 tea bags a day’s worth.

The sweetener I use is erythritol, detailed in Erythritol May Be a Sweet Antioxidant.

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Check out the other videos on beverages and don’t miss all the videos on ranking foods. And there are 1,449 subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them!

For some context see my blog posts: Hibiscus tea: flower power, Acai to Zucchini: antioxidant food rankings, Amla: Indian gooseberries vs. cancer, diabetes, and cholesterolIs Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?, Top 10 Most Popular Videos of the Year, Treating PMS with SaffronHibiscus Tea: The Best Beverage?, and Which Common Fruit Fights Cancer Better?

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In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.
Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D.Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.


By Laura Sposato-Record

MagninesiumIf you are one of the many women going through chemotherapy, you know the anxiety of waiting for your bloodwork results prior to receiving a treatment. If your chemotherapy protocol contains a platin drug, your oncologist is looking at your hemoglobin and red blood cell counts as well as other blood levels.  If these are too low, your treatment may be delayed. One factor that needs to be addressed is your magnesium level. Low levels are often a result of particular IV drugs that can literally burn out your red blood cell system.

After my third treatment, my doctor called to tell me she wanted me to take a magnesium supplement of 1000 mg. daily.  The RDA for healthy adult women is 320 mg. My level was dipping below normal and she wanted to make sure that we took care of it before it impacted on my treatment and my health in general. Magnesium is an extremely important mineral that performs over 300 jobs a day.


  • -Gives rigidity AND flexibility to your bones (more important than Calcium in many      cases)
  • -Increases bioavailability of calcium
  • -Regulates and normalizes blood pressure
  • -Prevents and reverses kidney stone formation
  • -Promotes restful sleep
  • -Helps prevent congestive heart failure
  • -Eases muscle cramps and spasms
  • -Lowers serum cholesterol levels and triglycerides
  • -Decreases insulin resistance
  • -Can prevent arteriosclerosis and stroke
  • -End cluster and migraine headaches
  • -Enhances circulation
  • -Relieves fibromyalgia and chronic pain
  • -Treats asthma and emphysema
  • -Helps make proteins
  • -Encourages proper elimination
  • -Prevents osteoporosis
  • -Proper Vitamin D absorption
  • -protection from radiation
  • -To aid weight loss
  • -Lessen or remove ADD or ADHD in children
  • -Aids in proper carbohydrate digestion
  • – Emerging evidence is showing a preventative role in many cancers

I discovered that 97% of the population is magnesium deficient and levels are rarely tested during routine exams.  Only 3% of your magnesium  is in the bloodstream; the remaining is in the bones, muscles, and joints. There are many reasons for this phenomenon, one of which is soil depletion of trace minerals due to poor farming practices.  Which foods are high in magnesium?  The list below includes food that is high in magnesium and contains calcium and potassium levels as well.  Nutrition is a symphony and collaboration of biological synergy. Supplements can help, but food is the real provider of nutrition.


Beans, black.                                                              1 cup                             120

Broccoli, raw                                                               1 cup                             22

Halibut                                                                          1/2 fillet                      170

Nuts, peanuts                                                              1 oz                               64

Okra, frozen                                                                 1 cup                             94

Oysters                                                                          3 oz                               49

Plantain, raw                                                               1 medium                     66

Rockfish                                                                        1 fillet                            51

Scallop                                                                           6 large                           55

Seeds, pumpkin and squash                                    1 oz (142 seeds)           151

Soy milk                                                                         1 cup                               47

Spinach, cooked                                                          1 cup                               157

Tofu                                                                                 1/4 block                       37

Whole grain cereal, ready-to-eat                          3/4 cup                           24

Whole grain cereal, cooked                                     1 cup                               56

Whole wheat bread                                                     1 slice                             24

USDA Nutrient Database for Standard References, Release 15 for Magnesium, Mg (mg)

An additional method of increasing the level of magnesium is through transdermaI application.  I purchased a bottle of magnesium gel at my local pharmacy that is rubbed into the skin.  Transdermal absorption is powerful and can impact on the level of magnesium not only in the blood but the muscles, bones, and nerves as well.  Super athletes will tell you that their trainers often use this gel as part of a post massage therapy for muscles suffering from magnesium loss.

Of course it is important for you to discuss this with your doctor or oncologist before focusing on one specific nutrient but it cannot hurt to inquire.  My oncologist also included an infusion of magnesium during the treatment to help boost levels.

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