Freshly brewed, organic Green Tea is the healthy choice at tea time, or anytime.
Tea is truly extraordinary!
You can look back through history, examine civilizations far & wide, and tea is there. Poets praise it. Scholars long for it. Artists sing its praises. Politicians, drunkards, warriors, zen masters, even Mad Hatter’s – all of them agree, there’s nothing like a good cup of tea.
And it’s not only the famous. Professionals, blue-collar workers, homemakers, students – tea seems perfect for any reason, any occasion. As the renowned British statesman William Gladstone once said: “Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.”
After being celebrated for thousands of years, along came the “Green Tea Phenomenon.” Green tea was extolled, sold way beyond its actual benefits. And a regular steamy cup of green tea wasn’t enough. Extracts, concentrates, capsules, instants, “green tea in its purest form” were everywhere. Of course, all forms are all welcome to the party… but how about just a regular tea party?
Just what makes Green Tea so darn wonderful?
Basically, aside from the salubrious effects of sitting and relaxing with a nice cup of tea (what other thing do you consume that’s called “nice?” A nice porkchop? A nice piece of gum?) drinking green tea is actually really good for you. That’s because of its antioxidant properties, the flavonoids and specifically catechins, that serve up a mighty good cup of benefits. Here’s more on the chemistry of green tea:
“The most abundant components in green tea are polyphenols, in particular
flavonoids such as the catechins, catechin gallates and proanthocyanidins…
Many of the biological properties of green tea have been ascribed to the catechin fraction, which constitutes up to 30% of the dry leaf weight. These potent antioxidants comprise free catechins such as (+)-catechin, (+)-gallocatechin, (–)-epicatechin (EC) and (–)-epigallocatechin (EGC), and the galloyl catechins such as (–)-epicatechin gallate (ECg), (–)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), (–)-catechin gallate (Cg) and (–)-gallocatechin gallate (GCg). EGCg is the most abundant of these, comprising about 50% of the catechin pool… “1
And, in a lab study, Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) was found to have stronger antioxidant properties when compared to other compounds like Vitamin C, Resveratrol, Quercetin and Tocopherol.2
“Bartender, make that a green tea instead!”
And not only do you get the antioxidant benefits, but it’s got caffeine to liven things up. Which is not a bad thing. It’s far less than coffee, in any form, except decaf. It’s also less than most popular soft drinks. And it’s a fraction of the caffeine in several well-known energy drinks.3, 4
In fact, if you want to indulge your inner nerd, take a look at “Caffeine Intake by The US Population” from The Food and Drug Administration. It is a fascinating document, and particularly amusing when you see a detailed listing of the wonderfully bizarre names of all the latest energy drinks!4
As for green tea, you can go the decaffeinated route, which is fine. But decaf, or bottled versions, and instants have less of the compounds that make brewed, organic, fresh green tea so beneficial.
Two very different perspectives! Green tea also has two different sides. As a form of relaxation, there are few things as genuinely calming as sitting back, and enjoying a cup of tea. But drinking green tea, with its potent antioxidant value, is also a smart choice for good health. Plus, it’s one of the easiest – and tastiest! – ways of getting the flavonoids you need!
Green Tea has been a valued healthful tonic for more than 4,000 years.5 But even now, clinical studies continue to investigate all the amazing possibilities in this ancient soothing beverage. Who knows what the answers will be? Until then…
Time to put the kettle on! Care for a nice cup of tea?