Camellia sinensis is a species of shrubs whose leaves are used to prepare a tea of all kinds. The most popular of them is the ‘green tea’ that is named so because of the colour it produces while brewing. It’s widely cultivated in China that produces over 4.80 tonnes of tea every year. Especially in Yunnan, China, one may find all varieties of teas whether exotic or regular. Other countries that produce high amounts of tea include India, Japan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, New Zealand, and Hawaii.
This tea is a 5000 years old-concoction, unprocessed and unfermented, with 100% health benefits and no side effects.
- China – 75%
- Japan – 13%
- Indonesia – 6%
- Vietnam – 5%
- India – 1%
- Sri Lanka – 1%
- Other – 2%
But green tea has caffeine, right?
Green tea does have caffeine in it; however, its content may differ from one brand to another. A single cup of green tea consists of 35-80 mg of caffeine compared to a cup of coffee with 100-400 mg of caffeine. Despite that green tea acts as a stimulant. Some have experienced an increase in energy, concentration, and mood after drinking green tea.
A Nutritional Powerhouse
Green tea is full of vitamins and other minerals helping in body regulation. Green tea has 5-6% minerals inclusive of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc and copper in small quantities.
What does Green Tea offer?
Green tea is filled with antioxidants that are beneficial for one’s health. It is proven to be one of the healthiest beverages on the planet.
Improved Brain Function
Green tea has less caffeine as compared to coffee but it is perfect for producing a woke effect. It also consists of amino acids working in synergy to improve brain functioning. Improved brain function leads to fewer mood swings, concentration, vigilance, and memory. Recent studies have also shown that green tea helps prevent signs of early Alzheimer’s disease.
Aids fat burning
Green tea boosts the metabolic rate and is highly recommended as the best fat burning beverage. However, according to a study, it has no evidence of increasing metabolism. Hence, it depends on the individual and various body types. The best role of green tea is that it helps reduce stubborn belly fat.
A healthy bio-active
Green tea is a hydrating potion with a ton of health benefits. It is rich in polyphones that are a significant component in reducing inflammation and risk of cancer. Catechin, known as epigallocatechin, is a natural antioxidant present in green tea that protects cells from any damage.
Anti-ageing for the brain
The components of green tea not only have a short-term effect on your brain. It protects your brain from ageing that puts the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other common neurodegenerative diseases at bay. The magical green tea decreases the presence of free radicals in our body that further affect the anti-ageing properties.
Helps to prevent diabetes
According to some studies, green tea shrinks the risk of insulin spikes and improves insulin sensitivity. Due to type 2 diabetes, the body cannot metabolize the sugar efficiently. Drinking green tea enables metabolism and aids people with 2 diabetes.
Averts cardiovascular diseases
LDL particles are protected from oxidation by the antioxidants present in the blood. Green tea boosts these antioxidants in the blood bringing down the total cholesterol of the body. This minimizes the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Preparation of green tea
Every step in green tea preparation has a significant role. The temperature of green tea preparation does matter. It is said green tea leaves should be added to normal hot water and not to boiling water. Adding green tea to boiling water will give you a bitter taste releasing astringes. Warm temperature is the best for retaining antioxidants. It is recommended to consume green tea once it is lukewarm.
Daily, 3-5 cups, a total of 700-1200 ml of green tea can be consumed.