Green tea production has three basic steps:
- Using heat to deactivate enzymes in freshly picked leaves to stop oxidation.
- Rolling or manipulating the leaves to give them a uniform shape.
- Baking the leaves to drive off remaining moisture. The methods used to produce green tea preserve the health benefits intrinsic to the Camellia Sinensis plant.
Here are some interesting facts about the health benefits of green tea that you may not know:
Polyphenols In Tea Are Good
Polyphenols are micronutrients that are packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits. It’s thought that polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases. Tea is rich in specific polyphenols that are thought to have effects like reducing inflammation. Green tea is made up of about 30% polyphenols, including large amounts of a catechin called EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate). Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and provide other benefits.
These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging which is why green tea extracts and oils are a common ingredient in anti-aging products. EGCG is one of the most powerful compounds in green tea. It has been studied to treat various diseases and may be one of the main reasons green tea has such powerful medicinal properties. Green tea also has small amounts of minerals that are important for general health and wellness.
More Than Just Caffeine
Green tea contains more than just caffeine. It also has the amino acid L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier. L-theanine increases the activity of GABA, a neurotransmitter which has anti-anxiety effects. It also increases dopamine. Studies show caffeine and L-theanine may have synergistic effects, like improving brain function. Theanine has been studied for its potential ability to reduce mental and physical stress, improve cognition, and boost mood and cognitive performance in a synergistic manner with caffeine. The L-theanine and caffeine combo in green tea gives you a milder and different kind of “buzz” than coffee. Many green tea drinkers report increased stable energy and being more productive when they drink green tea versus coffee.
Protects Your Brain
Green tea helps improve brain function in the short term, and it can help your brain in old age as well. Multiple studies show that the catechin compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons in test tubes and animal models.
Helps Kill Bacteria
The catechins in green tea have other biological effects. Some studies show they can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses like the influenza virus, potentially lowering your risk of infections.
Streptococcus Mutans is the primary harmful bacteria in the mouth. It causes plaque formation and is a leading contributor to cavities and tooth decay. Studies show the catechins in green tea can inhibit the growth of Streptococcus Mutans, and therefore, green tea consumption is associated with improved dental health. Multiple studies have also shown that green tea can reduce bad breath.
- Health Benefits of Green Tea: healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea
- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_tea