Green Tea is made from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis and originated in China, but its production nowadays has spread to other countries of East Asia. It belongs to the family Theaceae and is an evergreen shrub, meaning the plant retains its leaves all year round. It blooms from March to May. It is cultivated for its leaves which are used to make tea. Several varieties of green tea exist due to the different growing conditions, horticultural methods production processing, and time of harvest. The tea plant is used medicinally as well.
Green Tea contains polyphenols, that are antioxidants and help to protect the body against heart diseases, stroke, and cancer. Moreover, it is richer than black tea is a powerful antioxidant (EGCG). This can help with Alzheimer’s disease. It may cause cancer cell death as the test-tube studies have found. In addition, it has anti-microbial and anti-fatigue abilities and it offers liver protection as well. It also contains caffeine and like coffee when it is consumed in excess it can lead to sleeplessness and irritability. Another use of its cold tea is as a soaking liquid to enhance the flavour of dried fruit.
Green Tea’s Available Forms
- Dried leaves
Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.