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Green Tea: a Drink for Your Health

   

Green teaGreen tea originated in China. Among all the different types of teas, it’s the tea consumed most in that ancient land.

With both the scientific and anti-aging concerns developing globally, this Chinese tea is like a green fire, sweeping across the world for the health and nutrition-conscious people to enjoy its great benefits (see below).

Nowadays, reputable tea brands are not only from China, but from other countries and regions too.

What Makes A Tea Green?

We use color words to categorize teas that have different taste and strength. Actually, it's the procedure that oxidizes the tea leaves that makes all the difference. When we say a tea is green tea, it means that 85% of polyphenols, caffeine, vitamins and antioxidants of the fresh leaves have been carefully kept in the tea.

The result: the tea has a pretty green color and a very clean taste along with its big benefits.

 

Benefits of Green Tea:

The list will explain why doctors love it and why there are not only liquid forms of this green herb on the market; people have also found other ways, such as taking it in the forms of extract, pills or supplements to attain its goodness:

You may have heard some doctors claim: drink green tea a few cups a day, you can get a few years younger down the road. If you count drinks in the category of anti-aging foods, this healthy tea is among the best.

Besides the most important liquid, water, it's also THE drink that doctors will give you permission to have as much of as you want. To regularly drink this refreshing-looking herb is like having internal health spas. Why not then?

This healthy herb has many varieties, and the difference can be pretty big due to different growing areas, conditions, harvesting time and processing.

Home Storage Tips

Green tea is one of the least processed teas; its merits lie on its freshness. It matters how you store it. Here are some tips for family storage:

  • Store it in a place that is dry. The tea leaves can absorb moisture easily. Humidity will affect its quality.
  • The place needs to be cool. The ideal temperature is 0-5°C (32-41°F). High temperature will damage its nutrients and flavor.
  • Avoid sunlight. Sunlight cause certain chemical reactions that make the tea change its flavor and taste.
  • Store in in a tight container and don't mix it with other stuff. Oxygen in the air will cause further oxidation and the tea may absorb unwanted odor, which is difficult to remove.

I normally store my tea in a tight tea tin and wrap the tin in a plastic bag before I put it into my refrigerator.

A Rare Tip: Who Should Not Drink Tea, and When

You might have heard a lot talk about how green tea is, but rarely this one. With all these benefits, there is a suggestion for women, who are in their menstrual period, not to drink too MUCH tea, including green tea, or tea that's too thick.

During this special time, women lose 18-21 mg of iron along with blood. The tannic acid in tea prevents effective iron absorption that women need to replenish their supply. It makes sense not to drink tea too heavily during this time.

 

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