Traces its origins to the most popular tea in the Land of the Rising Sun. The harvest takes place in early Spring. Its leaves are light-green and long. The resulting infusion is expressive and clear, with an aftertaste of honey. An interesting alternative for classic Japanese sencha.
For over a thousand years, green tea has had an important place in Chinese traditional medicine - it is believed that green tea consumption cools down and hydrates the body, so it is especially recommended during Summer days. Due to its refreshing and invigorating properties (it contains more theine than black tea) some of the Asian peoples recommend drinking it only up to afternoon hours. The Chinese use it to cure sluggishness, poor digestion, headaches, poor (blurry) sight, alcohol poisoning and stomach upset.
Ingredients of a green tea:
- caffeine (known as theine)
- tannins (polyphenols)
- microelements (fluoride, calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, zinc)
- vitamins (A,B1,B2,C, E, K)
- essential oils
- Eases concentration, improves memory, clears the mind (due to the presence of caffeine, known as theine, which has an invigorating effect, but in contrast to caffeine contained in coffee, its effects are not instant, but long-lasting.
- Lowers the risk of heart attack, atherosclerosis and blood clots (because polyphenols contained in the tea limit cholesterol building capability)
- Lowers blood pressure (prevents the formation of deposits in the blood vessels)
- Has a role in the prevention of cancer (some of the polyphenols contained in tea can halt the influence of chemical compounds responsible for cancerous growths)
- Antiseptic effect - theine contained in green tea can fight off viruses and bacteria, helping to cure infectious diseases (influenza, common cold, diarrhea, inflammation of the mucous membrane of the oral cavity)
- Antioxidant effect, slows down aging
- Green tea infusion improves digestion and removes the feeling of an overstuffed stomach, e.g. after a stodgy meal (through the activation of digestive juices)
- Strengthens the teeth and protects from tooth decay, freshens up the breath (high fluoride contents in the green tea and antibacterial effect of polyphenols)
- People suffering from insomnia, nervousness or having a fragile stomach should not drink excessive amounts of tea.
- Patients with stomach ulcer should avoid drinking green tea, as it increases the production of digestive juices.
- Green tea should not be drank together with medicine!
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