GREEN TEA AND HEALTH
BELIEVES IN THE PAST
A long time ago, tea was called medicine, because of the many healthy ingredients in tea. Before the tea came to Japan it was already widely consumed in China because of its health benefits. In China and in general, in southeast Asia, almost all medicinal plants were ground into powder and then administered. But not so with tea, even at this time the medics knew about the very good solubility of tea in water.
Used as herbal medicine the Chinese added the leaves to their food to provide nutrients or as an antidote for poison. It is also known for its benefits of aiding digestion, which is why the Chinese prefer to drink tea after their meals and also as aids for nervous disorders. Another benefit of drinking tea is it helps to expunge nicotine from the bodies of smokers faster.
In Japan, the Buddhist monk Myōan Eisai authored a treatise entitled “Kissa Yōjō-ki” on the health benefits of tea already back in the 13th century. Eisai did not depict tea merely as a stimulant to keep Zen practitioners awake during meditation. He also asserted that tea was a tonic and taught that drinking tea promoted longevity.
These are just a few of the many health effects of green tea.
Tea plantation for Sencha leaves in late May
EFFECTS OF GREEN TEA
Numerous studies have shown that green tea has among other things the following effects:
may boost your immune system
fight off inflammation
ward off cancer and heart disease
increases concentration and mental performance
has an antidepressant effect
has an antibacterial effect
promotes blood circulation and skin regeneration
counteracts the formation of kidneys and gallstones
reduces stress symptoms
prevents tooth decay
lowers the blood sugar level
lowers blood cholesterol levels
Green tea, i.e. its active ingredients, are very soluble in water, what is especially good for making infusions and beverages. But this counts only for green tea because the gentle processing does not change the active ingredients. For black tea on the other hand, during the production process, a lot of its health ingredients are destroyed and the remaining catechins in black tea are no longer water-soluble. This explains why green tea compared to black tea and Oolong tea has great differences in terms of effect and taste.
Tea is very well known for its caffeine content, regardless if it is green tea or black tea, or some other tea made out of the tea plant.
Caffeine is water-soluble, and the longer the leaves are infused the weaker the tea gets. In the first two minutes, almost all caffeine gets dissolved without tanning agents. So, the result with a short infusion time is a tea with a lot of caffeine. If the infusion takes longer (2-4 minutes), tanning agents are dissolved, and a lot of other ingredients. Tanning agents have the ability to prevent the resorption of caffeine in the stomach and the intestine. So, a longer infused tea is stronger in taste but the contained caffeine has a weaker effect.
Tea main ingredients (in g per 100g of leaves)
Type of Tea
Protein & Amino acid
Type of Tea
Vitamin A ( β-Carotene)
Some of the main tea ingredients effects are:
Helps brain nerves to work better.
Prevents tooth decay.
Flavonoid prevents bad breath and minerals activate your metabolism.
Moisturizes the skin and strengthens your respiratory and digestive organs.
Eases fatigue and prevents colds, also makes skin fair.
Has anti-aging effects.
Turns sugar into energy.
Enhances body development.
Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body's nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia.
It has germicidal properties and also helps the intestines to work better, so it is believed that it may help prevent food poisoning, cancer, and some lifestyle-related diseases.
Is a diuretic and has a refreshing effect.
Tea plantation in the woods in Wazuka
Keep in mind, only one cup of tea every few weeks likely won’t provide a lot of health benefits. For a noticeable effect you should consume tea on a regular basis. And too much tea can also be unhealthy, therefore use common sense.