Some Facts about Green Tea
Over the last several years, green tea has become quite popular. We've seen the ads proclaiming its many benefits but what exactly is this great beverage?

Because I am a fan of tea and always reading and researching its benefits, it was natural to delve into this and learn more. It turns out that all tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinenis. The numerous varieties are the result of the many differences in processing the leaves, from the initial planting to the final brewing.
 
For China, tea has been an important beverage for centuries so it's not surprising that green tea originated in China. As a beverage and for medicinal purposes, the process quickly spread throughout most of Asia. It was used to control bleeding, heal wounds, and regulate body temperature. It's interesting that in 1191 a Zen priest wrote a book that described the positive effects of this tea on major organs!
 
In the past couple of decades, there has been renewed interest in tea, in general, and its health benefits. Researchers have confirmed that substances known as catechins, polyphenols and flavonoids are found in tea. These antioxidants help prevent disease. Because of the processing method, green tea contains more antioxidants than other teas. This has led to numerous research projects to determine its health benefits.
 
Several studies indicate that tea may prevent certain cancers, boost the immune system, delay Alzheimer's Disease, protect against heart disease and help fight AIDS. Medical researchers have not conclusively agreed that tea has been proven to produce these results. However, there has been agreement that tea, without sweeteners or milk, is free of calories.

There has also been consensus regarding the increased metabolism; green tea has been shown to increase the metabolic rate and burn 70 or more calories if you drink five cups each day. This could lead to a weight loss of eight pounds a year by drinking this tea. This, of course, has led to the weight loss benefit promoted by advertisers.
 
It is important to note that weight loss and other potential health benefits are based on brewing tea and using high quality tea. It does not consider instant tea or bottled tea in these studies. There has not been any scientific proof that the bottled tea has any effect in burning calories. It has not yet been determined if removing the caffeine from tea also removes the polyphenols.

So, the results of the research are based on brewing fresh regular tea. You might want to stick to regular tea until the effect of the decaf process on tea has been confirmed. Because of the caffeine in tea, it should not be given to young children. It is also important to note that green tea contains significant levels of vitamin K. If you are taking any medication, check with your doctor to be sure the tea won't interfere with your medical treatment.
 
For those who enjoy a good cup of hot tea, adding green tea for variety is one more dimension in the tea experience. If we later learn that all of the potential health benefits have been confirmed, we have added a bonus to our enjoyment of tea. Being able to taste and enjoy different varieties of tea is a huge part of loving tea.
 
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