There are a lot of wonderful things about green tea…
Green tea is packed with antioxidants called catechins, which have been proven to contribute in the prevention of cell damage. Green tea also contains a high amount of L-theanine, a relaxing amino acid that calms anxiety symptoms and enhances mental performance by boosting important brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and GABA.
This little leaf has gone through a lot of scrutiny and research. Some studies have shown that green tea:
- Helps with the flow of blood throughout the body. Including the brain, which helps to improve memory and its proper healthy function.
- May have the ability to reduce and block amyloid plaques. These plaques have been found in the brain and linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Helps to improve cholesterol, lower blood pressure and stabilize blood sugar.
- Contributes in the prevention of heart related issues.
- Helps alleviate stress and anxiety.
- May boost metabolic rate and increase fat burning.
- Contains powerful antioxidants that may reduce risk of cancer.
So what is green tea exactly?
Green tea comes from Camellia sinensis leaves. While green tea originated in China, it also has its roots in Southeast Asia and is now produced and manufactured in many Asian countries.
Unlike white tea, green tea is rolled/shaped after it is pan fried or steamed, but green tea does not undergo the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong and black teas.
Tea Processing Difference
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Did you know that steeping tea too hot or too long causes it to taste bitter?
When tea is steeped in water that is too hot or for too long, it releases and excess amount of tannins, leading to a bitter, astringent brew, regardless of initial quality.
How to get the most from your green tea
- To keep your tea from tasting bitter, steep your Chinese green tea for 1 – 3 minutes using water that is between 170-180 degrees F. This also ensures you don’t destroy those healthy, super antioxidants, called catechins.
- To get the most L-theanine from your tea, brew the full recommended steep time.
- Adding vitamin C like lemon to your green tea will help your body to absorb catechins much better.
- Do not use milk in your tea. Dairy inhibits the absorption of catechins and L-theanine.
- For maximum benefits drink 3 cups a day.
So the next time you’re looking for a feel good moment, come to the SoakingPot to enjoy some of our amazing green teas.
SOAK. SIP. RELAX.