You may be one of the many people that dutifully drinks their cups of green tea because along the line you heard someone say “Green tea is so good for you”. If you were curious enough to ask why, you most likely got the response, “because of all the antioxidants!” And that enthusiastic response was enough to convince you – right? You’ve heard that antioxidants are good – but if you are like most of us – you don’t have a clue as to what they are, and why they are good.
All teas – green, black and white come from the same plant – Camellia sinensis. What makes the teas different are essentially 4 things: where the tea is grown, what part of the plant is picked, what time of the year it is picked, and how it is processed. The processing part imparts the most profound impact on the teas.
The manipulation of the green leaf is simple in theory. Through steaming, pressing, and rolling and eventually drying– only water is taken away. However, the processing of the leaf transforms the same green leaf into wildly different results.
Below we’ve summarized the reasons many people believe that “green tea is good for you”.
• Antioxidants: Green tea contains an unusually high amount of polyphenols – nutrients found in plants. These nutrients include antioxidants known for binding with free-radicals and helping flush them out of your body (free radicals can damage cells and can potentially lead to cancer).
• Caffeine: Green tea contains caffeine which can boost metabolism, sending needed nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. It is thought that an active metabolic system leads to alertness and clear thinking.
• L’theanine: Lastly – tea contains L-Theanine which is an amino acid, and helps produce a sense of relaxation and calm within the body while allowing one to remain alert. Feelings of stress subside without drowsy side effects.
All teas contain antioxidants and L’theanine - however green and white teas tend to boast higher numbers. And with less caffeine than black tea, green and white teas do not have the dramatic crashes of caffeine highs.
Oh yeah – and green tea tastes good! They range widely with levels of astringency, and sweetness. Some taste woody, some taste more like fresh cut grass. We encourage you to explore the vast world of green teas and enjoy the breadth of experience. We offer a wide range of organic green teas including: