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How to Prepare Green Tea at Home


Green Tea

Green tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. It has been used for centuries as a "rejuvenating" drink. It is believed to boost your metabolism, lower your cholesterol and reduce the risk of cancer.

But did you know that making green tea at home requires a fair bit of time and attention in order to make the best of its health benefits? First, you should choose quality green tea leaves. This is the most important part. Zhu Ye Qing Green Tea is one of the best in quality. It grows in the northern parts of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province in China. The green tea leaves are hand-picked in early spring when they are in the perfect state.

This short article will show you how to make green tea at home

But first things first: What is green tea?

Green tea is simply the name given to the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant which are dried and then fermented. It is this fermentation process that gives green tea (and its health benefits) its unique taste and properties. Fermentation occurs when the tea leaves are exposed to air. This process hastens the oxidation of the catechins (antioxidants) in the tea leaves, giving them a slightly bitter taste. Oxidation is also what makes green tea good for you! It actually promotes the release of antioxidants into your bloodstream much faster than drinking un-oxidized tea.

But what makes green tea so special?

Well, for one thing, it is the catechins (antioxidants) that give green tea its health benefits. These antioxidants are much better at helping your body fight disease and keep you healthy than any other type of antioxidant. Green tea has been shown to:

1. Lower "bad" cholesterol levels in your blood

2. Reduce the risk of certain cancers

3. Normalize your blood pressure

And have many other positive effects on your overall health.

The catechins in green tea are also what gives green tea (and its health benefits) its unique taste and properties. The amount of catechins in green tea varies from brand to brand. But most commercial brands contain about 25-45 mg of catechins per cup. By comparison, a cup of ordinary (not fermented) black tea only contains 3-5 mg of catechins. And a cup of coffee only has about 40-60 mg of catechins!

Steps To Make Green Tea At Home: 100% Natural Way

  1. Put one teaspoon of green tea in a 200ml cup of water
  2. Fill 1/3 of the cup with luke water
  3. Fill the rest with boiled water
  4. Let rest for 35-40 min.
  5. Filter and drink slowly

So simple... but so wonderful!

If you follow these steps, your green tea value will not be destroyed by boiling water, or wasted by filtering the leaves too soon. It will also allow your body to maximize the benefits by drinking it slowly.

Green tea is better consumed without sugar because of its weight loss benefits. Besides, there is no need to add sugar to green tea because it tastes good without sugar. But if you only like your tea sweet, then add honey or milk.


Fresh Green Tea


When to Consume

Green Tea is best consumed before meals and on empty stomach. Preferably one cup early in the morning. It absorbs into our bloodstream much faster when consumed on an empty stomach. It is not recommended to drink green tea before bed, because it contains caffeine which may cause sleeping problems.

Drink one cup at a time. Too much of everything, no matter how healthy, is bad.

For people with chronic diseases it is advised to consume at least three cups per day. However, it is better to consult your physician before deciding your dose.

For people with chronic diseases, it is advised to consume at least three cups of green tea per day. However, it is necessary to consult your physician before deciding your dose. Especially if you are taking medications.

That is mainly because the consumption of too much green tea may cause an interaction that leads to a loss of medication effects and it can interfere with the way the body metabolizes certain medications.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Shadi J

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