Green Tea for many years has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits. Although Tea is the most consumed beverage behind water most tea consumed is black with less than a quarter of the world wide tea consumption being green.
The level of oxidation of the leaves from the camellia sinensis bush determines the type of tea you have. Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves and behind white tea is the least processed of all teas and contains higher levels of the anti-oxidants and beneficial polyphenols that tea is known for.
Green tea is used in both Chineses and Indian traditional medicine to control bleeding and heal wounds, regulate body temperature, help with digestion issues and improve heart and mental health. Who thought that having a cup of green tea could have so many health benefits. Studies have shown that green tea has a positive effect on anything from weight loss to liver disorders to type 2 diabetes.
In recent studies it has been found that Green Tea can:
- Reduce your risk of stroke.
- Help to fight prostrate cancer.
- Boost our working memory.
- Upsets cancer cell metabolism. An active ingredient in green tea has shown in a recent study to disrupt the metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells.
Infusing Green Tea
iTea has a wide variety of green teas available. Many people find green tea bitter when they try it. One thing to remember when trying a green tea for the first time always use fresh water from your cold water tap to fill your kettle, bring it to the boil and let cool for approx 3 minutes BEFORE pouring over your green tea leaves, this will eliminate the bitterness.
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