The Basics of Green Tea
Green tea has gained popularity in the past few decades as being the healthiest beverage in the world. Even those who weren’t avid tea drinkers before have turned to green tea for the curative properties that it has. However, there is more to green tea than the health benefits that it carries. Here are some of the basics of green tea you should know.
What is Green Tea?
Green tea is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, an evergreen shrub with emerald leaves; primarily the two leaves and bud are used to produce the tea. The reason as to why green tea is different from its counterparts is that the leaves aren’t fermented, thus retaining all of its antioxidants. Once the leaves are plucked, they are either pan-fried or steamed and then dried in order to secure its fresh and light flavour.
The Origin of Green Tea:
Tea being the largely commercialised industry it is today, it is no surprise that many countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, China, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Japan produce their own version of it. However, China is given credit for introducing the beverage to the world. The origin of green tea is said to have been rooted in the ancient Chinese legend that suggests Shennong, the Emperor of China discovered tea when fresh tea leaves fell into his cup of hot water, around 2737 BC.
Green Tea vs Black Tea:
Contrary to popular belief, green tea isn’t poles apart from black tea. It all lies in the fermentation process and the oxidant quantity. The EGCG in black tea is destroyed in the process, which results in the tea losing its antioxidants. Green tea is perfect for those who need the caffeine without the jittery feeling that the high brings and the miserable low of it after it wears off. It has just enough caffeine to boost your memory, and vigilance and fire up the neurotransmitters in a much healthier way than most over-caffeinated products out there. Green tea also has significant amounts of amino acids, L-theanine which synergizes with caffeine to increase dopamine and reduce anxiety.
Health Benefits of Green Tea:
Although green tea is generally associated with its weight loss properties, the benefits of green tea dig much deeper. 30% of green tea is polyphenol which includes large amounts of catechin. These natural antioxidants that contain EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) help prevents diseases and prolong life in tea drinkers. These antioxidants are also known for reducing the risk of certain cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer. The bioactive components of green tea might also improve your brain function as well as protect it in the long run by lowering the possibilities of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and dental problems are among the other ailments that green tea will shield the drinker from.
How to Make Green Tea:
To prepare a perfect cup of green tea, brew Dilmah’s Ceylon Green Tea until it’s a bright verdant colour. Approximately 1-2 minutes would suffice. If you need a sweetener, opt for honey instead of sugar. Enjoy the healthy side of life!