Green Tea has a high concentration of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that is reported to play an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and osteoporosis and suggests a role in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes mellitus.
Benefits of polyphenols include increase alertness and attention-switching accuracy, reduction of inflammation, lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, improvements in heart and cardiovascular health, and cancer fighting properties or anti-tumor and anti-carcinogenic effect.
Brewing for health
“Tea comes from the leaves and buds of the plant Camellia sinensis. Black tea, green tea, white tea, and oolong varieties all come from the same plant, but are processed into dried leaves differently.”
Clare Collins, Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Newcastle.
To ensure you get the most out of your green tea, the way you prepare is key.
- Use water that is between 79 to 82 degrees Celsius (175 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Use high quality organic green tea wherever possible.
- Use a teakettle and place tealeaves in the kettle prior to adding water.
- Use approximately 2 teaspoons of tea per cup.
- Steep for a short time, usually 1 to 3 minutes will suffice, any longer than 3 minutes will produce a strong bitter taste.