By far the most popular Oriental Tea, Green Tea has been dubbed “the healthiest beverage on the planet”. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression.
Brewing of green tea leaves has its legendary origins in China during the reign of Emperor Shennong, a pre-historic deity ruling China about 4,500 years ago.
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, notably, catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants.
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.
Most recognized beneficial properties also include improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and anti-aging effects.