Camellia sinensis is a woody shrub with pretty white and yellow flowers that blossom every 12 – 16 months. Historically, it is the leaves that are the most sought after part of the plant.
Green tea is mostly cultivated in Southern Asia and Kenya. It is now popular throughout the world, not only for the distinguished taste of the steeped leaves, but also for its many health benefits.
Green Tea is different to other teas made from the same plant, which undergo an oxidation process, which is how oolong and black tea are made. Green tea is not oxidized. Once the leaves are picked, they are quickly heated and then dried to prevent oxidation from occurring. This results in the ‘freshly picked’ flavour.
Benefits & Uses
Green tea is high in polyphenols, particularly catechins. These specific antioxidants may boost the natural function of the immune system and help rejuvenate the skin.
Scientific studies have shown that the caffeine and catechin content in green tea, work synergistically with one another to assist with healthy energy levels and weight management. Studies have also shown that it can support the liver with the natural process of glucose metabolism.
Healthy heart function:
Regular green tea consumption has been used to support cardiovascular health, healthy cholesterol levels, and blood pressure.
Green Tea has been traditionally valued as a brain stimulant and a recent Japanese scientific study clearly showed a supportive effect on mental alertness and memory.