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Green Tea and How it is Made
The tea is a product of a plant known as C. sinensis, a nativeof Southeast Asia. The tea brewed from the dried leaves of this plant has been drunk in China since perhaps the 28th century BC. It was first brought to Europe by the Dutch inthe early 17th century AD.
Leaf buds and young leaves are used in making tea, the age of the leaves determining the taste and name of the particular commercial variety. After picking, the leaves either are driedimmediately and completely to produce green teas, or are partially dried and then allowed to ferment to produce variouskinds of black teas. After being sorted, all grades of tea arepacked in foil-lined chests to prevent the absorption of unpleasant odors or the loss of aroma during shipment.In China, tea is sometimes allowed to absorb the scent fromvarious flowers particularly Jasmine.
Tea is an aromatic stimulant, containing various polyphenols,essential oils, and caffeine. The concentration of caffeine intea ranges from 2.5 to 4.5 percent, in contrast to an averageconcentration of about 1.5 percent in coffee.
Green Tea, is abundantly grown in the foothills of the mightyHimalayas. This belt grows the best teas in the world.
Scientists from Japan Cancer Institute have been successfulin identifying a substance in Green Tea called Catechins orPolyphenols, which act as strong antioxidants. They are in aposition to clinically establish the old adage that "tea is amiraculous medicine for the mantainance of health".
Catechins remain unchanged in Green Tea as leaves are merelysteamed, rolled and dried as opposed to black tea which is fermented.
Green tea polyphenols applied to human skin prevent ultravioletlight-induced damage, according to a new study.
A study of over 3,400 adults in Saudi Arabia--a country of tea-lovers--found that those who drank more than 6 cups perday of the brown beverage had a more than 50% lower risk ofcoronary heart disease compared to tea abstainers, even afteradjusting for other factors such as smoking, diet and obesity.
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