Health benefits of tea are widely studied all over the world. In this entry, we'll try to sum up what effects may be expected from consumption of quality green tea.
"Quality" is, in fact, the most important keyword here.
When we at Far East Grocery Tokyo speak of tea, we mean whole leaf tea grown in natural environment and processed, aged and infused with all the due care.
Broken leaves are prone to oxidation stress, which changes the nature of the leaf.
So, let us try to short-list health benefits of green tea..
- An american study revealed that regular consumption of green tea decreases risk of osteoporosis.
- Tea buds and young leaves typically used to make green tea contain highest amounts of tea polyphenols - catechins. Catechins are main anti-oxidants in tea, and the are the reason why drinking green tea is especially good for reducing risk of cardiovascular deseases.
- Theanine, the aminoacid found in abundancy in tea leaves, is believed to pocess anti-stress ability, reinforces immune system and helps inprove mental focus in synergy with caffeine.
- Rich in caffeine, which improves focus, but be careful when drinking after 6pm (and planning to go to sleep before 3am).
- In traditional Chinese and Japanese medicines, green tea is known to be a strong cooling agent. If You feel weak to cold weather, wind, prone to catch cold, than You'd be better off drinking thoroughly fermented and roasted teas like reds or oolongs.
It is important to note that catechines diffused in water are very weak to oxidation and turn into different substances within half an hour when tea is brewed. Such a simple thing as drinking freshly brewed whole leaf green tea is essential to enjoy it's benefits (and great flavours and aromas!) - that's the essence of our tea concept, why we think we are responsible to choose those teas that we would ourselves gladly drink everyday.