Green tea is made only from the leaves of the tea bush, which are subject to minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originates from China, but is also associated with many other Asian countries, such as Japan and South Korea.
In the last few years, green tea has become increasingly popular in Western Europe as well as in North America, and is about to replace the traditional black tea consumed there.
In Japan and China, green tea is a national drink. This drink is extremely good for health.
Tea leaves contain alkaloids (caffeine, called in this case thein, theophylline, theobromine, xanthine), tannins, vitamins C, B1, B2, K, PP, essential oil, flavonoids. The strongest effect of caffeine, but unlike that in coffee, which excites, in tea - no. It is chemically the same, but they are differently related.
The caffeine content of green tea is lower, and at the same time it contains more tannins than black tea. Therefore, it becomes tart, even bitter in taste.
Green tea protects against free radicals and can counteract diseases of the intestines, stomach and esophagus, protect the skin from premature aging. Even in recent years, leading cosmetic companies have begun to use it in protective creams to protect the skin from external influences, including sunburn.
Green tea is not fermented and this has retained a wide range of nutrients. Medical research claims that it can normalize blood pressure and cholesterol, have a beneficial effect on heart disease, protect the heart and counteract atherosclerosis, prevent tooth decay and protect hair from dripping and skin diseases. Strengthens the immune system with its high content of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which enhance metabolism and promote rapid reactions and concentration.
Green tea invigorates without exciting the nervous system. It is also a food that satisfies hunger without adding anything to it. Its taste or healing properties do not change if it is sweetened with honey. If there is no individual contraindication, and such are almost unknown, it can be drunk in unlimited quantities. Both theoretically and practically nothing limits its consumption.
In the folk medicine of the eastern peoples tea was recommended as an arousing, anti-fatigue agent, as well as for depression, neurasthenia, memory loss, collapse. It quenches thirst, soothes headaches and stomach inflammation, stops belching, and compresses of brewed tea leaves soothe the pain of hemorrhoids.
Although it gets used to its taste quickly, you can sweeten it with honey, maple syrup or another natural sweetener.
On hot days it is even pleasant and cool, although it is drunk warm.