Cold Tea Brews a Boost for the Brain

When it’s hot out, a cup of iced tea is very refreshing, and the benefits far outweigh so many other drinks on the market. The theaflavins in both green and black teas help improve blood flow, keeping your skin fresh and your brain young. Because tea is so beneficial, I’ve developed many recipes with it for my cookbook.

One of my simplest tea recipes is Pomegranate Iced Tea. I simply blend pomegranate juice with brewed black tea that has been chilled. Catechins found in black tea inhibit the growth of cancer cells, stimulate metabolism, act as an anti-inflammatory, and can help lower cholesterol. The flavor combination of this drink is as lovely as the color. The antioxidant power of the pomegranates works with the catechins in black tea to make this an anti-aging super drink.

Lavender iced tea in tall glassWhat about caffeine? The caffeine in tea has been found to reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and Type 2 diabetes. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and cardiac muscle, and aids digestion by increasing gastric secretions. Still, some people prefer decaffeinated tea. The decaffeination process leaves the pholyphenols and catechins intact, so feel free to use decaffeinated tea in any of my recipes.

Combining pomegranates with black tea gives your body extra free-radical-fighting power to combat aging. If pomegranates are too tart for your taste, you can sweeten this tea with honey or use presweetened pomegranate juice. For a stronger drink, stir a teaspoon of instant iced tea into the pomegranate juice.

Pomegranate Iced Tea


2 black tea bags
1 cup hot water
1 cup pomegranate juice
2–4 Tbs. honey (optional)
1 cup ice cubs
Pomegranate seeds and slices as garnish

1. In a pitcher, steep the tea bags in hot water for 3 minutes. Remove bags.
2. Add the pomegranate juice and stir well. If using honey, stir in now.
3. To serve, pour into tall glasses over ice and garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds and slices.


About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that.
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