Reasons to drink Green Tea
Australia may be a nation of black tea drinkers, but throughout Asia, green tea has long been the hot drink of choice. With its great flavour (think nutty, buttery, vegetal, floral), health benefits and enticing varieties, green tea is increasingly becoming a popular and healthy option for tea drinkers in Australia, too.
Green tea, known as “Lu Cha” in China, is thought to have first originated thousands of years ago. Today, 30% of the world’s tea production is green. Did you know that throughout Asia, green tea is by far the most consumed of all teas, and in China alone, more than 500 varieties of green tea are produced every day?
What makes green tea different to other types of tea?
Black, green, white and oolong teas are all derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant, however they are processed in different ways to create unique flavours. When the tea leaves are removed from the plant, they are immediately dried and steamed to slow down the oxidisation process. Our Plantation Director Tony Poyner explains the differences in this short video
Green tea is treated to less oxidisation than black, white or oolong teas, which allows the leaf to retain its green colour and results in a light-bodied, fragrant drink. This process preserves the natural polyphenols in the tea, which are reputed to offer incredible health-promoting benefits.
The health benefits of green tea
Today, scientific research is discovering more and more health benefits to drinking green tea. So what can green tea do for you? It can:
1. Boost Immunity
Green tea contains a high level of polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants that can increase the number of “regulatory T cells” that support healthy immune function.
2. Fight Cancer
Polyphenols are also believed to inhibit the growth of cancer-causing cells. Scientific research has linked green tea consumption to the prevention of many types of cancer, including lung, stomach, kidney and mammary glands.
3. Fight Ageing
Green tea is also a source of special antioxidants called catechins, which have been found to decrease oxidative stress, the underlying cause of ageing.
4. Aid Weight Loss
Catechins are also reputed to enhance energy, increase fat oxidation and potentially decrease the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
5. Enhance Mood
Green tea has been linked to psychological benefits such as focus, relaxation, creativity and improved work performance.
When is the best time to drink Green Tea?
Any time of the day! There’s no rules about when to drink your green tea and it very much comes down to personal preferences. Many tea lovers start their day with a cup of green tea and others enjoy as the day draws to an end. Some experts argue that you are best to enjoy between meals to maximise the nutrient intake and iron absorption and ideally it’s recommended to enjoy mid morning. Remember that green tea does contain caffeine though, so for some it is best to avoid before going to sleep.
Nerada’s Green Tea range
Nerada is committed to using 100% organic ingredients in the production of our range of green teas. Our team of master growers and blenders have lovingly crafted three different types of green tea for you to savour and enjoy:
For a light-bodied, fragrant green tea, try Nerada Green Tea . For extra zing, try our Nerada Green Tea & Ginger. And for an aromatic and refreshing green tea experience, try Nerada Green Tea with Lemon Myrtle.
Interestingly, white tea (also known as silver tips) is also essentially a green tea but the production process uses the buds only, rather than the leaves. Find out more about our Nerada White tea.
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