For centuries tea has been recognized in China
for its role in a healthy lifestyle. Tea is a beverage
made from the processed leaves of Camellia
sinensis (Family- Theaceae).
Most tea leaves are oxidized and fermented soon
after they are plucked. Depending on the method of how the plucked leaves are
processed tea is classified as - green, oolong or black tea.
Green tea is the least processed or,
normally, fresh wherein the tea leaves are just steamed. Green tea contains
more than 450
organic compounds like mineral elements, protein, amino acid, glucide, lipid
granules and vitamins which are essential to our health. It is rich in
catechins, polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful disease-fighting
Green tea is cool to the taste buds.
health benefits of Chinese green tea have been known since ancient times.
It is recommended to drink three or more cups of green
tea per day. The only harmful effect of drinking green tea is insomnia due to
the high caffeine content.