Green Tea has been considered a medicinal beverage in Asia for almost 4,000 years. It is only now that Western society is starting to open its eyes to the vast benefits Green Tea has to offer. There are about 33 types of Green Tea, and depending on the region and tea garden, each tea will have its own unique taste. With its irresistible flavours, the subtle variations will depend on the type of soil, the altitude of the tea garden, and the amount of sunlight its subjected to during its growth. All of which combine to create a Green Tea family that are all individual in taste, yet share the unique aroma, bitter-sweetness and delicacy that Green Tea has now become renowned for. Packed with Vitamins, Minerals and Polyphenols, Green Tea is also brimming with goodness for whoever consumes it. Its antioxidant properties help scavenge the destructive free radicals in the body, while its catechin content is thought to eliminate
food poisoning pathogens, reduce allergic reactions, strengthen teeth, and assist in warding off colds and promoting good immunity.
With such an abundance of ingredients beneficial to the body, Green Tea has recently become the "must have" ingredient in a wide range of consumer products
The Vitamins And Minerals In Green Te
There's an abundance of Vitamins and trace elements to be found in all Teas. But, Green Tea is especially known for having a higher percentage of free radical scavenging antioxidants than any of the other teas. Mineral levels can vary and are determined by region, the soil, and the altitude the plant was harvested in. In the case of Vitamins, they are affected by the growing conditions the plant was raised in. Sun drenched plants will have a higher vitamin content than plants grown in partial shade. Below though, is a variety of Vitamins and Minerals common to almost all types of Green Teas.
Manganese assists the body in promoting normal growth and health. It also helps the body break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Manganese can be sourced from other foods but tea is essentially one of the richest sources of this important mineral.
The body uses potassium for maintaining a regular heartbeat. A deficiency in this vital mineral in the body can result in body fatigue and irregular heartbeats. Potassium also benefits the body in other ways. It helps nerves and muscles to function properly, and also assists in the regulation of the acid-base balance and water balance in the blood and body tissues.
There's a good amount of this Vitamin found in Green Tea. Amongst other things, Vitamin A is known to promote good eyesight, help maintain healthy teeth, soft tissue, mucous membranes and benefit the skin. When sourced from plants and vegetables, Vitamin A is often referred to as beta-carotene. The body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A as required, and its powerful antioxidant properties help fight free radicals.
Thiamine (Vitamin B1)helps body cells convert carbohydrates into energy. It also assists in the proper functioning of the heart, muscles and nervous system. A deficiency of Thiamine can cause weakness and fatigue.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) works with the other B Vitamins in assisting the body in red cell production and promoting body growth. It also helps release energy from carbohydrates.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that neutralises free radicals. It's also necessary for the maintenance of normal connective tissue and for promoting the healing of wounds. It also boosts the body's immune system.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant. Its antioxidant properties protect the body's cells, tissues and organs from damage caused by harmful free radicals. With this in mind, it helps prevent ageing, degenerative illnesses, and assists the body in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.
Fluoride helps protect teeth from dental decay. Green Tea has a significant amount of fluoride contained in natural form within its leaves. Fluoride is also essential in the maintenance of bone structure.