Green tea is such a refreshing and enjoyable drink which seems to be becoming increasingly popular. It’s no real surprise considering the many health claims the tea offers from weight loss to reducing the risks of cancer. Green tea has been widely used to treat symptoms of disease for nearly 5,000 years.
What is green tea?
All types of tea including the traditional English breakfast tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant. While green tea gets its name from the emerald green colour created when brewing unprocessed, unfermented tea leaves. While black tea is attributed to fermentation which is why both teas are so different in colour and benefits.
Green tea has powerful antioxidants that may protect against cancer. Multiple studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of various types of cancer.
Green tea is higher in protective polyphenols. The major polyphenols in green tea are flavonoids, the most active of which are catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)which function as powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to protect the body against disease and are an important part of any healthy diet. Antioxidants can be found in a range of fruits, vegetables and other unprocessed foods. As part of a balanced diet, green tea can be a good source of antioxidants.
The caffeine content of green tea
Unlike black tea, green tea does contain a high level of caffeine but don’t worry, it’s still less than a cup of coffee. But just enough to be a stimulant. Some people can find green tea increases energy and concentration levels but this can vary depending on the individual.
Studies have shown that green tea can have the potential to protect brain cells, improve memory and may delay the effects Alzheimer’s.
Green tea can effect iron levels
Like all teas, green tea contains tannins. These can interfere with the absorption of iron, so it’s probably best to not drink green tea with an iron rich meal or when taking iron supplements.
How to make green tea
After boiling the kettle, let the boiled water cool slightly before pouring into your mug. Leave to stew for 2 -3 minutes before removing the teabag. This will give you the perfect flavour. Drinking three cups of green tea a day is enough to experience the health benefits.