Green tea has been known for 4,500 years and was believed to come from divine sources. It is recommended to choose unfermented green tea, which contains less theina than black tea. In addition, green tea has twice as many antioxidants.
Green Tea: Main Benefits
Its nourishing compounds. Green tea contains many powerful antioxidants, polyphenols (up to 200 mg per cup), including catechin and vitamin C. The situation is different for black tea – its leaves contain no carbohydrates, proteins or lipids, but contain xanthine bases (theine, theobromine) with stimulation effects and polyphenols (between 7 and 25% in dry leaves), B vitamins (especially B9) potassium, magnesium and fluoride.
A valuable ally for a healthy lifestyle. The antioxidants found in green tea have a major role in fighting cardiovascular disease and metabolizing cholesterol by reducing blood pressure. It also improves digestion thanks to its vitamin B contents. Green tea helps our body metabolize fats quicker, helps us feel less hungry, acts as a great detox product, helps kidney function, prevents strokes and and can even inhibit the growth of certain cancer cells.
Green tea: Nutritional Benefits
A cup of tea infused for two to three minutes contains between 30 and 50 mg of theine. The longer it is left to infuse, the more antioxidants it contain, thus, the healthier it is for our organism. Green tea contains on average two or three times less theina than the caffeine found in coffee, which is why a lot of people are starting to replace coffee with green tea.
How to choose the right brew
In specialized stores you can find a lot varieties of green tea in bulk: Japanese (stronger antioxidants), Chinese, or a more flavoured type, combined with jasmine, berries, mint, etc. You can also try white and red tea. A good practice is to buy small quantities frequently, in order to make sure that it’s always fresh. If you do not have a lot of time and can’t go shopping for tea every now and then, we recommend that you purchase bags of organic green tea.
Pro tip: after you’ve prepared a nice cup of green tea from a sachet, you can take the sachet out and apply it on your eyelids. After just 10 minutes, your face will look shiny and completely refreshed!
Consuming green tea properly
Some people claim that you should first pour a glass of hot water into a teapot, in order to heat it first, and then empty it. Add one teaspoon of green tea per person, add a little hot water and allow the drink to infuse for about three minutes, depending on the type of tea, and only then add the rest of the hot water.