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Green Tea is a non-oxidized tea from the Camelia Sinensis family. Lower levels of oxygen in the tea leaves result in a lighter, sweeter flavour, when compared to a black tea. The processing method of Green Tea speeds up drying to prevent the cells from opening up and therefore maintaining oxygen instead of increasing it.
Green tea is most popularly grown in China, Japan and Taiwan. It is becoming increasingly popular to grow in India and Sri Lanka, as well as parts of Africa.
People tend to associate Green Tea with bitterness; this is a misconception brought about by incorrect methods of brewing tea as well as using inferior quality leaves such as those found in conventional tea bags. Here are some key points:
Choose a good quality green tea
1. Choose a full or loose leaf over a conventional tea bag
2. Choose Organic over non-organic green tea
Do not use boiling water
1. Green tea prefers a cooler water, preferably between 76 and 80 degrees celcius
2. Boiling water burns the tea leaves and activates the tannins, causing bitterness
Steep the tea for 2 to 3 minutes only
1. Green tea prefers a shorter steep time
2. Prolonged steeping leads to bitter tea as the tannins become intensified
Yes, green tea contains caffeine. However, the caffeine in green tea has a milder effect to coffee.
Caffeine in Coffee
The caffeine in coffee aggravates the adrenal glands causing a stress response and crash.
Caffeine in Green Tea
The caffeine in green tea works on a cellular level. Green Tea contains polyphenols, namely L-Theanine, which is as an adaptogen. Adaptogens stimulate the part of your brain that energise you, and simultaneously the part of the brain that calms you. Resulting in a sustainable slow release that allows you to remain calm and focused.
Green tea is considered one of the healthiest kinds of teas.
The health benefits of green tea effecting different types of cancer, heart disease, and liver disease, have been scientifically proven (1.)
The long term benefits of drinking green tea have been shown to positively effect high-fat diet induced obesity, type II diabetes and coronary disease (1.)
Most of these health benefits can be attributed to its high polyphenol content as well as the antioxidant, Cetachin, namely EGCG (1.)
• Healthy and Youthful Skin
• Antibacterial properties
• Oral Health
• High in Antioxidants
• Cancer Prevention
• Assists obesity and weight loss
• Relieves type II diabetes
• Decreases risk of cardiovascular diseases
• Contains Polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants
• Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
• Improves memory
• Prevents neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
For more detailed information see our page on GREEN TEA BENEFITS