Last week, we talked about the amazing benefits of Black Tea
. Now, we're moving down the list to our second-favorite: Green Tea
has been around for centuries. It's first recorded use was around 3,000 years ago in the southern areas of China. It comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, which is the "tea" plant. The leaves were first used by chewing or eating them raw, but their use expanded over time until they were boiled and used to flavor the drinking water. In the 8th century, the Chinese discovered a way of steaming the leaves that inhibited their oxidation and left them green. In the 12th century, they found a new method of frying the leaves to "fix" their oxidation. Both methods produced the characteristic color and flavor of the tea, and they are both used in the world today.
Fun Fact: Americans dumped about 45 tons
of Green Tea
into the harbor during the Boston Tea Party. What a waste!
Like all tea, Green Tea
is full of lovely antioxidants. It also has loads of polyphenols, tannins, vitamin C, vitamins A, B1, B12, K and P, fluoride, iron, magnesium, calcium, strontium, copper, nickel, zinc, caffeine, and more.
Who knew there could be so many nutrients in one small tea bag?
These nutrients combine to benefit you in many different ways. For example, Green Tea
is what you want to drink if you want to:
- Lose weight (the polyphenols help speed up your metabolism and increase the rate of fat oxidation in your body)
- Increase your concentration (Green Tea has just enough caffeine to wake up those brain cells. It also has the amino acid L-theanine, which increases the levels of dopamine and alpha brainwaves)
- Prevent heart disease and stroke (I'm not sure which specific nutrient is responsible for this, but you can read about the study Here)
- Keep teeth and gums healthy (The catechins, a type of polyphenol, acts as an antibacterial)
- Battle the cold, the flu, and other illnesses (the catechins, vitamins, and minerals in Green Tea act as both antibacterial and antiviral agents, giving your body the support it needs to combat whatever life throws at you)
- Protect yourself against cancer (the strong antioxidants and polyphenols are to thank for this)
- Protect yourself against Alzheimer's (this is still in the research phase, but a study conducted by the University of Missouri shows promising results!)
These are just a few of Green Tea
's amazing benefits, and I'm itching to brew a cup as I write this! Thankfully, Green Tea
is readily available at any grocery store, convenience store, or dollar store.
Making it is easy as well. Drop a bag of Green Tea
in a mug and cover with boiling water. Let steep 3-5 minutes, add honey, and enjoy!
Plus, like the Black Tea
we talked about last week, Green Tea
can also be paired with various herbs and florals to make unique and tasty combinations. Some of my favorites are:
- Green Tea and Mint
- Green Tea and Peach
- Green Tea and Lavender
- Green Tea and Lemon
- Green Tea and Jasmine
- Green Tea and Chamomile
- and Green Tea and Blueberry
Now that you know how utterly amazing Green Tea
is, go get some for yourself! You'll thank me later.
And if you want to know more, check out my sources! Green Tea Nutrition Facts
, Authority Nutrition
, Well-Being Secrets
, Nutrition Secrets
, and Teavivre