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Green Tea & Health Benefits

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Uday loves chai tea and cooking. He writes articles on Indian cuisine. He writes how to articles on food and beverages in India.

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The tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is classified as a herb, it is grown in many countries. The plant species from China and India (Assam) have been cultivated the most in order to yield a wide variety of leaves. The plant has been exported to many countries where it is being cultivated, according to demand.

Tea is the best-known hot beverage obtained by brewing the leaves.

The popularity of tea as a commercial consumer product began around the 19th century. Before this, its consumption was limited to areas where the plant grew naturally or was cultivated on small scale.

In ancient times, the brew was consumed for its medicinal qualities, and it is still being used for that purpose. In fact, the usage of tea, especially the green variety, has become more widespread because of the health benefits it accords.

The highest consumption is that of the black leaf for aroma and taste. The green leaf is being consumed in large quantities and the demand for it is growing day by day. Many health benefits of green variety have come to light in recent times.

Large quantities of processed leaves are exported in packets and jars. For bulk exports, jute bags and cartons are used.

What is green tea?

The green leaf is the same as the black variety. Both are produced from the herb Camillia sinensis. The difference arises at the processing stage. In simple words, green leaf is less processed than black leaf which is common and consumed in larger quantities. The oxidation is reduced, hence beneficial chemicals and antioxidants are preserved and not destroyed. That is why it is assumed to be healthier.

The consumption is supposed to aid in abetting blood circulatory disease as well as cancer. Research is proving these properties to be true. Further research will bring out more facts into open, about disease-fighting and prevention ability of this beverage.

Another variety that is fast gaining popularity is the organic leaf. This type is grown in organic farms without the use of chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides. The organic variety though costly is considered more beneficial to health because of the total absence of harmful chemicals.

This hot beverage varies in taste, color, and aroma depending upon the place it is grown in besides the soil type, climate, and other micro factors. The flavor also depends upon the season it is grown in, and the process it is subjected to. One of the finest aromatic green tea comes from Darjeeling Hills situated in the Indian State of West Bengal. It is a premium variety with an astounding aroma and flavor.

The health benefits of this leaf irrespective of origin are the same everywhere. Though processing may make a minor difference. Green tea is cultivated and processed in India, Japan, Korea, and China besides some other Asian countries. In many countries, tea ceremonies are ritualistic and are an interesting spectacle to watch. A greater quantity of green variety is consumed in Japan and China. Research has shown that regular consumption of green variety results in a healthier body and that it fights some serious diseases as well.

Japan and China are leading exporters of this variety of beverages. The reason being the cultivation of more varieties and in greater quantities. Emphasis on quality production has created demands in non-tea-consuming countries as well.

Popular Brands

Some of the popular green tea brands sold in many countries are as follows:

  • Organic India Tulsi Flavored
  • Lipton
  • Gaia
  • Wagh Bakri
  • Yogi
  • Tetley
  • Chamong Premium Darjeeling

The products are available on order through e-commerce sites as well as company sites dedicated to the sale of their brands. This way the products are within the reach of people across the globe and a wide variety of choice brews are available. Malls and retails stores are good sources of purchase for connoisseurs and health-conscious people.

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Green Tea & Health

The beverage has become a superfood thanks to what it has to offer. The Health benefits of green tea include a reduction in fat or body weight. More research is going to yield better data. This will inform us as to how this beverage benefits health. It has many curative powers to fight crippling diseases that afflict the human body. But please note most of the benefits are not a proven fact but are stated often as a result of individual experience.

The brew contains antioxidants that prevent or fight cancer, heart disease, liver disease, obesity, and stroke. There are many maladies that this beverage helps fight or cure which research will disclose further.

The beverage is consumed in a variety of ways all over the world. It is also available as ice tea, ice cream, tablet, and powdered extract. Tea tree oil is another useful product.

This is what many brands sold across the World promise about the medicinal powers of this wonderful brew.

  • Decreases risk of cancer
  • Bad Breath Control
  • Fights infections
  • Weight Management
  • Retards aging process
  • Manages arthritis pain
  • Manages cholesterol levels
  • Retards onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Syndrome
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Reduces tooth decay
  • Useful in multiple sclerosis

Beneficial Chemicals in The Leaf

The tea leaf besides delivering a wonderful hot brew also contains a large number of antioxidants. The content is ten times more than that found in many fruits and vegetables. The beneficial chemicals modify metabolism in humans such that detoxification takes place.

The green leaf is not fermented, it is steamed and withered, this preserves the good chemicals useful for the human body. Polyphenols are the most useful antioxidants found in the leaf. The flavonoids that belong to the positive group useful for us, these are thearubigins, epicatechins, and catechins.

Green tea contains enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, sterols, carotenoids, tocopherols, vitamins, phytochemicals, and dietary minerals. The brew also contains caffeine which is said to boost our metabolism and hence burn more calories. This is the basis on which it is claimed to reduce weight. But if consumed in small amounts the caffeine present does not aggravate the heart.

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Caffeine Content

Green tea contains a relatively lesser amount of caffeine than coffee or black tea. In an eight-ounce cup, there can be about 20 mg of caffeine. The amount also depends upon the variety of the leaf, and the amount that is infused. Decaffeinated leaves are also available in the market.

Allergy to caffeine can result in many side effects hence vulnerable consumers should avoid this beverage even though it is one of the healthiest. The supplements contain a high level of active ingredients which could not go down well with many drugs and chemicals. However such incidences are extremely rare.

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Harvest or Plucking of Green Tea Leaves

The green variety is grown under many conditions and processed in many ways. The first flush is plucked in February while the second flush is plucked during April. The second flush yields the best brew being more aromatic and of dense color. The third run during the monsoon while the fourth autumnal flush runs through the winter months of October to December.

Curing Process

The partial oxidation renders the chemicals, vitamins, minerals, poly-phenol in a preserved state, unlike the black variety which is completely oxidized.

The plant is grown under the Sun, or in the shade depending upon the qualities desired. Most popular gardens harvest three times a year. The bud and the upper two leaves are pruned by laborers in the gardens all over.

Common processing methods are sun drying, pan firing, and charcoal firing. Oven drying, steaming, and tumbling have been introduced recently.

The cured leaves are sorted according to size and then mixed by tea tasters to form a blend. The turning process follows to yield CTC leaves very much popular among one and all. CTC stands for Cut Turned Cured.

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How is tea sold?

Tea is often sold as loose without any packing in India. But that contained in packets finds the greatest consumption among large drinkers in the country. With the introduction of hygienic packaging, the convenience of handling and storage has increased.

The processed leaf is blended and sold in packets of various sizes and quantities. The beverage is packed in cartons made of paper and plastic pouches as well. The latter is known as a poly pack and is very popular in India because of the cost factor.

All over India green tea is available in packets of 100 gm, 250 gm, and 500 gm. The leaves are blended, and the cheaper blends contain a percentage of the black leaves as well. The maximum quantity packed is up to one KG. The leaf is also sold in jars made of plastic for convenience it accords.

There are many companies in India that sell pure blends in these packings. The big companies also sell the blend in sophisticated hygienic bags. These are popular among travelers and in some coffee houses.

With increase mobility and a fast lifestyle among the working class, usage of leaves contained in hygienic bags is on the increase. The bags are made of special porous paper. They are dipped in hot water to make the brew. Sugar or milk is added as per the taste. One should buy the best green tea bags for that wonderful taste and added health benefits. The most popular variety is grown in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal in India. Many companies blend the finest leaves of a variety of green teas for dazzling aroma and taste.

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The green tea in statistic

In India the consumption of green tea is limited, the demand is fueled somewhat by social media, news reports, and health articles. Though almost all major production companies sell this leaf the consumption favors the black leaf immensely unlike in East Asia. China, Korea, and Japan are major producers. This variety is processed in India in smaller quantities mostly in West Bengal.

Consumption of this wonder beverage is increasing even in countries where it is not traditionally consumed. Global production stands a little over two million tons but is expected to grow by eight percent annually and peak at 2.6 million tons in the year 2023.


Green Tea Recipe

Though the green leaf is enjoyed simply steeped in mild water many prefer to add spices to the brew. The end result is a version akin to masala chai. Adding few drops of lime is said to impart flavor as well as create a synergistic effect that makes the brew healthier.

The brew is enjoyed in its simple form all over the globe.

Ingredients

  • Few Pods Cardamom, Essential to masala teas imparts flavor
  • Half a teaspoon powder Cinnamon, Imparts flavor and health benefits
  • One Clove, Imparts flavor
  • Half teaspoon Dry Ginger Powder, Imparts Flavor & Health Benefits
  • Few Drops Lime Juice, Imparts Freshness & Health Benefits
  • To Taste Sugar
  • Spoonful Green Leaf

Instructions

  1. Boil water in a pan. Add spoonful of green leaves and let the brew simmer.
  2. Strain the leaves.
  3. Add the ingredients and bring to boil again. Strain the mixture and then serve hot.

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Comments

Jameswiliams on August 05, 2015:

Green tea is really great for weight loss and ginger and lemon can give it a better taste. http://www.mytwita.com/pages/buy-green-tea-online-...

Jogi on February 07, 2015:

This is my Tea for years now... and I dont know how many friends of mine steartd using it after drinking it from ours!!! Add a crushed Cardamom to the boiling Water and it gives a magnificent Cardamom flavor and oh... a very small slice of crushed fresh Ginger towards the end just before switching the flame off gives a very different yet nice touch. The funny thing about this Tea is that it is one of the cheapest in the Tea section (bingo)!!!!!!!!!!!

Uday Patel (author) from Jabalpur, MP, India on November 01, 2014:

Thanks for the advice and comment Marie Flint!

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on November 01, 2014:

I prefer decaffeinated green tea. I have known for a long time that this particular tea is a good source of anti-oxidants, something you want if you wish to enjoy a slower aging process.

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Lose Weight Quick on July 04, 2011:

Green tea has many health benefits, that includes weight loss, flushing toxins, lower cholesterol and etc.

Simon

Organic Tea on March 18, 2009:

Interesting article. I'll investigate this one further. I was off Hub Pages for awhile but have some new postings.

Organic Tea on March 18, 2009:

Interesting article. I'll investigate this one further. I was off Hub Pages for awhile but have some new postings.

paul on March 04, 2009:

Hi, what a nice hubI agree that green tea has many benefit for health,beside made long life for human body it's goodfor every people ,every age.Have Nice day

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