With all its benefits, green tea does contain caffeine.
Green tea caffeine works differently from coffee's, though, and that really makes a big difference.
I'm the kind of person who likes to drink something regularly. Coffee once was my love, but only for a short period of time; the caffeine in it made my heart jitter. I had to stop drinking it and only stopped by to chat with my co-workers, who were brewing coffee at the coffee corner, without sharing the good stuff anymore. (I did share the coffee's wonderful aroma. If I didn't have green tea as my favorite drink, I probably would have felt a little bad about giving up drinking coffee.)
Mother Nature's wonder is seen in green tea in terms of how its caffeine works.
All caffeine has stimulating effect. However, green tea caffeine not just refreshes you, it works with its "team"-- other important green tea constituents, such as tannins, catechins and L-theanine, etc., to give you the benefits of caffeine without the "caffeine shock" that is commonly found in coffee.
It stimulates your circulation and metabolism, giving you an alert mind and heightened mental powes to function. Muscle function also improves in many people.
The catechins plus the caffeine in green tea work together can boost your body's metabolism, which determines the rate of fat-burning. That's why the green tea weight loss method is pretty popular. And weight loss is just one of green tea's benefits.
Tannins and L-theanine both have relaxing, stabilizing and calming functions. They help you absorb the caffeine in green tea gradually to prevent the side effects of caffeine, such as heart jittering, that many people experience when drinking coffee.
Caffeine content in green tea varies depending on two factors:
In some Chinese tea ceremonies, the tea is steeped for about 40 seconds and the liquid is pour off on the tea pot and in the accompanied cups to warm them.
In this action you don't just warm the pot and the cups, you also boil away up to 80% of the caffeine in the tea. The taste of the tea isn't affected. With the second and third infusions, you can enjoy the flavor and aroma of the tea without the full force of its caffeine. You may see more about Chinese tea here.
If you want to get rid of the caffeine in green tea, you can try this method or listen to the advice of your health care professionals.
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