Nearly all green tea comes from the mountains of East Asia, where it is grown at altitude and often picked by hand, this method is said to produce a sweeter taste.
Green tea hails from the Camellia sinensis, the difference between this and black and oolong tea is how much the green tea is unfermented.
Because green tea has undergone less processing, it retains a higher level of protective polyphenols- powerful antioxidants known to improve your body’s everyday functions, protect you against disease, and boost mental alertness.
This means that green tea, packs in more wellness-enhancing benefits than other types of tea.
The benefits of green tea
Many of the health benefits associated with green tea come from chemicals found in the plant called polyphenols. There are many kinds of polyphenols, and the green tea plant is particularly rich in one called catechin. There are several kinds of catechins as well and green tea contains large amounts of one of the most potent of them all, epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG).
Other benefits associated with green tea include:
- Increases concentration
- Reduces delayed onset muscle soreness
- Boosts brain function
- Speeds up metabolism
- Lowers risk of type 2 diabetes
- Improves bone strength
- Maintains skin health
How much green tea do I need?
You can consume green tea as a beverage or in the form of a supplement. To get the benefits of green tea extract you should take 400-500 mg a day.