Many persons have had green tea that is not actually ‘green’ but rather ‘brown’. So where exactly did it get its name from? Although my second best guess was that it is called ‘green’ because of the colour of the leaves; this is not so. If you really think about it, many teas would be ‘green’ then.
Green tea is tea that is made from leaves called ‘Camelia Sinensis’ and is pale in colour and slightly bitter in flavor and got its name because it is the least processed commercial tea. It is ‘green’ because it is natural, or the most natural tea sold commercially. Originating in China, the leaves were more popular for their medicinal uses as persons would mainly chew and eat them.
Overtime, there was an expansion in the use of the leaf which then became popular for making tea, not just for the rich (as it was previously) but now for everyone. It has now become associated with many cultures throughout Asia. It is the raw material for extracts which are used in various beverages, health foods, dietary supplements and cosmetics.
If we went to China today and expressed our desire for nice skin – we would get green tea. To prevent cancer and stroke– green tea. To fight viral infections – green tea. If we fall and hurt ourselves – green tea. If we have become obese and are now looking to lose weight – green tea.
Regardless of what it is, the solution could possibly include green tea.
In fact, the Chinese are right. No drink is more synonymous with good health than green tea. The ancient Chinese beverage is known for its soothing aroma and abundance of antioxidants like vitamins E and vitamins C. The tea also has a lot of health benefits – people who consume it have a lower risk of bacterial or viral infections to chronic degenerative conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer and stroke. The tea has been used for various health issues including the healing of wounds, control bleeding, regulate body temperature, blood sugar and promoting digestion. The consumption of green tea can have a positive effect on the vital organs especially the heart.
In the last few decades, green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits. There’s evidence suggesting that regular green tea drinkers has less possibilities of developing heart disease and certain types of cancer.
The review on the taste of green tea has always been that it is bitter, earthy and tastes like plant. This has dissuaded many from reaping its benefits. For those who prefer a sweeter taste, science and technology has led to the production of flavoured green tea, which produces equal benefits. Flavours such as honey-ginseng, pomegranate and blueberry are readily available on the market. In addition, many persons have published natural recipes that allow persons to add flavor with fruits such as lemons or just make a deluxe iced drink with sweet flavor.
Now, we can have the best of both worlds with green tea – a tasty drink which provides countless health benefits. If you have not already started drinking green tea, now is the time to start reaping its benefits.