I first came across green tea many years ago. I was in search of a healthy alternative to coffee after getting strung out on that stuff a bit too often and so began my journey in to a world of great tea and flavours.
Then after travelling around such wondrous places like China and Sri Lanka, I was hooked on good quality loose leaf tea. I can still recall how in awe I was of the first sip of Jasmine Green tea I had in Beijng. It tasted completely different to the supermarket variety I had been drinking – it tasted better, like a million times better!
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Adding to that, at the time I didn’t realise but did you know green tea has multiple health benefits? I was in love with the taste so learning this fact was a bonus. It is now pretty well known for having powerful health boosting properties but green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression.
The health benefits of this tea is due to its catechin polyphenols, remarkably something called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). Huh? But anyway, EGCG appears to have antioxidant effects against free radicals, unstable molecules that can damage healthy cells and cause cancer as a result. Pretty powerful stuff!
Other benefits include:
- Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism.
- Diabetes. It can also help regulate glucose levels by slowing the release of blood sugar following the consumption of food.
- Heart Health. It may protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
- Cholesterol. This tea also improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- Brain health. It is said that green tea can delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
- Tooth Decay. “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections.
- Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of this beverage is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
- Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing effect to tea drinkers.
- Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.
- Skincare. It can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.
If you wan to get in on all this action, we have three amazing green tea blends including the delicious Apple & Cinnamon Green tea, Jasmine Green and our newest super blend, Turmeric Root Chai. We are always looking for new flavours to expand our range and have loads more coming up!
Green Tea vs Black Tea
With so many health benefits, then what’s the difference between green and black tea? Well, firstly, both teas come from the same plant called Camellia sinensis. Black tea contains more caffeine but the real difference lies in the way they are made. Black tea undergoes oxidation, the chemical process that causes browning where as green tea does not. As a result, this causes changes to colour and flavor which makes green tea green and black tea black.
Therefore, green and black tea both contain anti-oxidative components and recent studies have even shown that black tea has similar health benefits as well.
So ultimately it comes down to your personal preference so you have plenty of black and green teas to choose from.
Drink Tea & Prosper xx
Vanessa J Darjeeing
Chai Kai Tea Co