This post today is going to be a bit more in-depth than the recent reviews of our tea which I have done. Today we are going to be talking about the production and health benefits of Green Tea, which there are TON of. Not only is tea all about the aesthetics – such as the taste, smell, & color … but it is also incredibly healthy!
Green Tea is chock full of goodness for your health – your body, your mind, and your overall wellness. I try to drink a cup of green tea every morning. It sets the tone for my day, I feel refreshed, and as weird as it sounds, it feels very cleansing. Compared to when I have a cup of coffee in the morning, which gives me the jitters 2 hours into my work day (I get really hungry and I can’t concentrate), green tea, is not only soothing, but also acts as a start up to my brain, after a good night’s sleep.
Technicalities over Tea
Tea comes from the plant Camellia sinesis (ooh fancy Latin words), a warm-weather evergreen. Tea is grown around the world and, much like wine, many teas take their names from the districts in which they are grown. Each district is known for producing teas with unique flavor and character.
The way the fresh tea leaves are processed and their level of contact with oxygen determine the types of tea. During the process of oxidation, the tea leaves experience natural chemical reactions that result in distinctive taste and color characteristics.
Green Tea is most popular in Asia and is not oxidized. It is withered, immediately steamed or heated to prevent oxidation and then rolled and dried. It has a delicate taste, light green color and is very refreshing. Varieties of green tea include: Dragon Well, Jasmine, Sencha, and Hojicha.
Benefits – Antioxidants & All that Jazz
Green tea contains a high concentration of antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals. Free Radicals are damaging compounds in the body that change cells, damage DNA, and even cause cell death. Many scientists believe that free radicals contribute to the aging process, as well as the development of a number of health problems, including cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants, such as polyphenols in green tea, can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.
In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, practitioners used green tea as a stimulant, a diuretic (to help rid the body of excess fluid), an astringent (to control bleeding and help heal wounds), and to improve heart health. Other traditional uses of green tea include treating gas, regulating body temperature and blood sugar, promoting digestion, and improving mental processes.
Green Tea has also been experimented with in a number of studies, in relation to reducing the risk of cancer. Early clinical studies suggest that the antioxidants in tea, especially Green Tea, may play an important role in the prevention of cancer. Researchers also believe that antioxidants, specifically polyphenols, help kill cancerous cells and stop them from growing
Here at Bean Around Books & Tea, we have many different Green Teas for you to purchase, either in store or online. My personal favorite is Passion Fruit Green Tea. Peach Mango Green Tea is really great too. Either visit us at our shop or online at http://www.beanaroundbooks.com.
Stay Tuned for the next Tea Culture – Cheers! Lindsay 🙂