After my last blog post about oolong tea, I was then asked on Facebook, but what about green tea? Again, if you were to type green tea into a search engine, you will be inundated with websites but here is just a short summary of what they might say:
- I talked about antioxidants in my last blog post and green tea is no exception. Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is a powerful antioxidant. EGCG is said to be at least 100 more times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than vitamin E at protecting cells from harmful influence.You may have noticed that extracts of green can be found in anything from deodorants, shower gels, perfumes to creams. The antioxidant properties of green tea and extracts found in anti-aging creams is no coincidence.
- I’ve also mentioned in my daily tea tweets, that green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! It contains antibacterial properties to kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque, bad breath and the natural presence of fluoride in green tea also helps to prevent tooth decay and strengthens your teeth and gums.
- Contrary to popular belief drinking tea is hydrating and therefore by drinking green tea (or any other tea type) you are helping your body to maintain a healthy fluid balance and relieve fatigue and stress which is often caused by dehydration.
- Just like oolong tea, green tea can stimulate your metabolism, and can be effective if incorporated into a healthier eating plan.
But as I’ve mentioned in my previous post. It’s not just about the health benefits of tea. Good quality loose leaf green tea when brewed correctly shouldn’t taste bitter but there are a wide variety flavours for you to choose from. From a grassy vegetal taste of a Sencha, the freshness of an Anxi Bai Cha to the nuttiness of a Dragonwell.