The health benefits of green tea

January 17, 2018

The health benefits of green tea

Green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression. For centuries the Chinese and the Japanese have used tea as a medicinal drink due to its high number of antioxidants.

This makes sense as China is the world’s largest green tea exporter, producing approximately 80 per cent of the world’s green tea. Also Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam are keen green tea farmers.

The leaves are supposedly richer in antioxidants than other types of tea because of the way they are processed.
Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants, notably catechins.

All types of tea – green, black and oolong – are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from the plant are steamed to produce green tea, while the leaves of black tea and oolong involve fermentation.

Green tea has been said to encourage weight loss, healthier skin, reduce cholesterol and combat cardiovascular disease.

Green tea is considered one of healthiest beverage to drink. Natural chemicals called polyphenols in tea are believed to provide its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects. Green tea is approximately 20-45 percent polyphenols by weight, of which 60-80 percent are catechins. Catechins are antioxidants that are said to help prevent cell damage.

However it is recommended to limit the amount of green tea consumed to up to five cups a day, so we at The Hamper Lounge advises you to please drink responsibly!