World’s healthiest beverage made from the magical little leaves !

Green tea has my heart ! If your are not already drinking green tea , I highly suggest incorporating it into your diet . It’s loaded with antioxidants and many other constituents (about which I will be telling below) which makes it the healthiest beverage in the entire world .

Do you know ?

Green tea and Black tea originate from the same plant species – Camellia sinensis.

Its the variety and the processing of the leaves which defines how green tea becomes ‘green‘ and black tea becomes ‘black‘.

Varieties

  1. Camellia sinensis sinensis –
  • small leafed variety
  • native to china
  • used to make green tea and white tea.

2. Camellia sinensis assamica –

  • large leafed variety
  • first discovered in Assam district
  • used to make black teas.

Green tea processing
Green teas are often referred to as non-fermented or unfermented teas. The intent is to preserve the healthy and natural elements of the fresh leaves. The traditional method of processing green teas involves withering , heating, rolling and drying. After picking, the fresh leaves are spread out on bamboo trays and exposed to sunlight or warm air for one to two hours. Then the leaves are heated to prevent oxidation and preserve freshness. Finally, the leaves are rolled into various shapes and then dried. The rolling also helps regulate the release of natural oils and flavor during steeping.

Flavour Profile

The overall taste of green tea varies between vegetal , grassy , earthy , sweet, buttery, nutty ,lush green and herbaceous.

What makes green tea offer great benefits ?

The following components of green tea makes it the healthiest beverage on Earth –

1. Catechins –

  • Catechins are a type of polyphenol and are the main astringency component in green tea, long known as tannins.
  • 4 types – Epicatechin
  • Epigallocatechin
  • Epicatechin gallate
  • Epigallocatechin gallate
  • Benefits –

Decreases blood cholesterol
Body fat reduction
Cancer prevention effect
Antioxidant
Tooth decay prevention, antibacterial effect
Anti-influenza effect
Inhibits high blood pressure
Anti-hyperglycemic effect
Bad breath prevention (deodorizing effect)

2.Caffeine –

  • Drinking tea when tired from work or study can make a person feel refreshed. This is an effect of caffeine.
  • Since caffeine has a stimulant effect on the central nervous system , it can ward off drowsiness and increase the capacity for mental or physical labor.
  • If one consumes caffeine and then does a moderate amount of physical exercise, before the muscles’ internal energy source (glucose or glycogen) is used, there is a phenomenon whereby fat is used as an energy source, thereby helping enhance stamina.
  • Extra benefits –

Increases alertness
(decreases tiredness and drowsiness)
Increases stamina
Hangover prevention
Mild diuretic

3. Theanine –

  • (Full-bodied flavor component in tea)
  • It produces a relaxing effect.
  • Main property of theanine is that, the potentially dramatic stimulant effect of caffeine is instead transformed into a moderate effect.
  • Benefits-

Neuronal cell protection
Relaxation effect (promotes α wave production)
Lowering of blood pressure

4. Vitamins –

  • Green tea is known for having more vitamins in higher concentrations than other foods, and this fact alone makes tea a superior beverage.
  • A deficiency in even one of the 13 vitamins can result in skin disorders, numbness in the hands and feet, sluggishness and fatigue.
  • Hence, regularly drinking green tea, which is full of vitamins, is good for your health.
  • Vitamin C –Maintenance of healthy skin and mucus
    membrane (collagen formation)
    Antioxidant.
  • Vitamin B2 – Maintenance of healthy skin and
    mucus membrane
  • Folic acid – Prevention of fetal neural tube defects (NTD)
    Prevention of arterial sclerosis
  • Beta Carotene – maintenance of night vision .
  • Vitamin E – antioxidants

5. Saponins –
Saponins have anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergy properties and have been shown to lower blood pressure and prevent obesity and influenza

6. FluorinePrevention of tooth decay

7. γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-

  • GABA is formed when raw leaves are left without oxygen.

  • Benefits- Lowering of blood pressure.

8. Minerals –

  • Minerals play an important role as bodily regulators.

9. Chlorophyll –

  • Deodorizing effect

Proven Benefits –

Cuts cancer risk

Improves Heart Health

Regulates Blood Pressure

Lowers The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Helps Relieve Arthritis

Promotes Weight Loss

Promotes Longevity

 Boosts Immunity

Improves Brain Health

Helps Cure Hangovers

Helps Treat Dark Circles And Puffy Eyes

Offers Anti-Aging Benefits

Helps Treat Acne

Stimulates Hair Growth

How to make a cup of green tea ?

For tea bags:

Pour hot water in a cup. Dip the tea bag and let it steep for 2 – 3 minutes. If you like a stronger flavour, you can let it steep for a little longer.

For loose tea leaves:

Add the leaves in the container containing the hot water. Let it steep for 2 – 3 minutes and then pour the tea in cups through a strainer / sieve.

Add a teaspoon of lemon juice. Lemon is not to just for additional flavour. It helps retain as much as 80 percent of catechins – the component responsible for helping better metabolism and weight loss.

In the end, add a touch of honey. Termed as “liquid gold”, honey will add a host of its medicinal properties, like prevent cancer and heart disease, reducing cough and throat irritation, reducing gastrointestinal disorders, etc , to your cuppa.

Your perfect cup of green tea is ready!

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3 thoughts on “World’s healthiest beverage made from the magical little leaves !

  1. That’s interesting to read.. I have read about Camellia sinensis… These are one of the most useful discovery for mankind..

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Vashti Lejeune Nov 10, 2018 — 11:28

    Thanks for sharing..
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