Benefits of Green Tea
The benefits of Green Tea cannot be overstated. However, most people who pick this wholesome, nutritious beverage off the shelves don’t consider its true capability. Nor do they often think of its significance in history or its cultural impact on the world.
We are here to tell you that Green Tea has borne witness to the rise and fall of Empires. It has rerouted the trajectory of cultures. Indeed, it has stood the test of time and is now a pillar in a multitude of global societies. As of the 21st Century, it is taking the world by storm because of the well-documented benefits of Green Tea.
Today, modern science has begun to uncover its potential piece by piece, leaf by leaf. According to the latest research, this exceptional brew can improve cardiovascular health by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol.
It can offer a helping hand in the struggle for weight loss by boosting the metabolism of fat cells in the body. It can even reduce the risks of developing type-2 diabetes by balancing blood sugar levels. Best of all, this is to name but a few of the benefits, you can view our Green Tea selection on our website!
All of this from your morning cup of Tea?
In this article, we will answer some of your burning questions. This includes:
- What is Green Tea?
- What does Green Tea taste like?
- Is Green Tea good for you?
- Does Green Tea have caffeine?
- How much Green Tea should I drink?
- Can you drink too much Green Tea?
- What is the best Green Tea?
- How to make Green Tea?
The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company have compiled the facts, the stories, the studies and the testimonies relating to Green Tea. Join us on this journey that started 5,000 years ago and shows no signs of slowing down.
What is Green Tea
Like all so-called “real” Teas (Green, Black, White and Oolong), this beverage starts life as leaves from the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant.
There are several subspecies of this plant, including Camellia sinensis var sinensis (a Chinese variety) and Camellia sinensis var assamica (an Indian variety).
The question begs: “if all four main Teas come from the same plant, then what makes them different?” The answer lies in the processing of the tea leaf. This is when the likes of Green Tea and Black Tea go their separate ways.
The making of Green Tea, in particular, involves many steps beginning with the harvesting of the leaf. When and how this occurs depends on the region in which the plant grows.
A Tea plant in Darjeeling, India, for example, will be ‘in its prime’ at a different time to, say, a plant in Fujian, China. However, harvesting is just the beginning. The following steps are:
The second-least processed after White Tea, so when it gets to the factory it is quickly pan-fired or steamed to prevent too much oxidation. Oxidation occurs promptly after the harvesting and transportation of the leaves and is what turns the leaves from green to brown or black.
The taste of Green Tea is determined by whether the leaves are either pan-fired or steamed. Pan-fired leaves produce a grassy and sometimes toasted flavour while steamed leaves, as favoured in Japan, produce a vegetal, sweet, or seaweed-like taste.
Once the leaves have been allowed to cool for some time, factory workers often experts with years if not decades of experience begin to break up the structure of the leaves and roll them into the desired shape and size.
Sometimes the leaves are twisted, sometimes the leaves are rolled into balls, sometimes the tea leaves are rolled very little. It all depends on the type of Green Tea being made. And there are many.
The tea leaves might be of the desired shape but they are not yet dry. The average moisture content of leaves following the “rolling” process is 10-13%, which is then reduced further to 5% after hot-air drying.
The drying of the produced tea is partly responsible for the many flavour compounds in Loose Leaf Green Tea.
The growing, harvesting and processing is not limited to Asia. In fact, there are Green Tea Industries in New Zealand, Hawaii, and some areas of the mainland of the United States of America. Even in the United Kingdom, there are ongoing experiments.
And the result is superb. This aromatic and wholesome beverage has adorned teacups around the world for thousands of years. It is the second most consumed globally accounting for 20% of total consumption beaten only by Black Tea, which accounts for 78% of total consumption. The extra 2% is teas such as White and Oolong.
History of Green Tea
The first published book on Green Tea arrived in the eighth century CE. It was entitled “Ch’a Ching”, meaning “Tea Classic” or “The Classic of Tea”. Its author, Lu Yu, a Chinese sage, first recognised the benefits of Green Tea during this period of the Chinese Tang dynasty (618-907 CE). His words ensured the survival of Green Tea consumption for centuries.
It reached the ears of men and women in faraway lands. It became the bedrock of many countries, and in one particular case, helped to establish one.
Britain’s love for Tea is world-famous. More famous still, however, is its legacy. The British Empire once had dominion over a quarter of the world’s landmass including the Americas.
In 1773, American colonists, then British subjects, had grown tired of extortionate taxes on Tea importation. In protest, American “patriots”, dressed as Native Americans, boarded three vessels in the Boston Harbor and dumped 342 chests of Green Tea into the water below.
The event was one of the sparks that led to the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) and America’s Declaration of Independence in 1776. Green Tea had marked its place in history. And it hadn’t been the first time, either.
Today we take all Teas for granted, but its history stretches across countless countries over millennia. At times, this extraordinary history has been vague, elusive, uncertain and at other times even turbulent and explosive. It's more than just a brew; to many, it defines their lives and the lives of their ancestors.
Chinese Green Tea
Around the same time that Lu Yu penned his book on Tea during the eighth century CE, revolutionary methods of making new and fascinating Types of Tea came to light.
Historians rarely agree on the specifics, but most believe that the popularisation of Chinese Green Tea took place during this period. But even with some often ambiguous records to refer to, we can never know for sure how it all happened.
What we do know, however, is that in its earlier days, only Royalty and those of a higher class could drink it! These Teas, often manufactured into compressed Tea cakes and gifted to the Royal Court, became known as Tribute Teas.
This changed in the latter years of the Tang Dynasty and during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE). Indeed, this was when drinking Green Tea became a fundamental part of all Chinese society. The Song Dynasty also saw further development in the manufacturing of Green Tea. These new methods ensured a better taste with less bitter notes.
The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) saw its first Emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang, formally abolish the tradition of Tribute Teas. As such, the nation opened its eyes further to this delicious everyday beverage. The people of China haven’t looked back since.
Japanese Green Tea
Japan’s introduction to Tea also coincided with Lu Yu’s Tea Classic Book. Some historians suggest that two Buddhist monks, Saicho and Kukai, first brought young Tea trees from China to Japan during this time.
However, the sun did not truly rise upon the world of Japanese Green Tea until 1191 CE. This was when another Buddhist monk named Eisai popularised the idea of the benefits of Green Tea. Years later, Eisai wrote his own book entitled “Kissa Yojoki - How to Stay Healthy by Drinking Tea”, In one extract it read:
“Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”.
In 1214, Eisai introduced Tea to the Samurai. Soon after, not only the Samurai but also the Shogun drank Green Tea. From there it spread to the rest of Japan.
The 13th Century was a significant time for Japanese Tea, but not quite as critical as the 17th and 18th Centuries. This was when Japan, like China, began experimenting with the process of making Green Tea.
Although disputed by the Chinese, some historians believe that Sencha Green was the creation of a Japanese Tea farmer named Nagatani Soen (1681 - 1778) who lived in the Uji region near Kyoto. This coincided with the creation of Matcha Tea, another popular Green Tea from Japan.
And with the creation of Matcha Green Tea came a new tradition, the Japanese Tea Ceremony. We will discuss some details concerning both Matcha and Sencha later in this article.
Indian Green Tea
This Tea may have arrived in India at the same time as Japan. It may also have been slightly before. We can’t know for sure. What we do know, however, is that at first, it wasn’t so popular!
The reason for this was because India was far more interested in Ayurvedic Herbal Teas at this time. Ayurveda was (and still is) a holistic approach to wellbeing. It used (and indeed still uses) a variety of herbs and spices to balance the mind, body and soul.
For centuries, Green Tea had little impact on India’s society. It was not until the British colonised India in the 18th and 19th Centuries that things began to change.
Two deciding factors brought about Indian Green Tea and the entire Indian Tea Industry: first, the unrest in the American colonies with Britain eventually losing the American War of Independence. America had been one of Great Britain’s greatest sources of income. Following the war, this income dried up almost entirely.
The second factor came straight from the source of Britain’s Tea, China. Tensions between the two countries saw Britain lose not only its biggest buyer but also its biggest seller. Britain was heading towards economic disaster.
Britain looked to India for its Tea needs. In 1774, Warren Hastings, an English statesman and Governor of the Presidency of Fort William (Bengal), sent seedlings from a Chinese Camellia sinensis var sinensis plant to India for planting. The project failed as the plant struggled in the Indian heat.
Again, the British tried in 1780. And again, they were met with failure.
It was not until 1823, some 40 years later, that a Scottish merchant and explorer named Robert Bruce discovered the native Camellia sinensis var assamica plant growing in Assam. He went on to clarify his findings with his brother, Charles Alexander Bruce. He, in turn, sent specimens to the Calcutta Botanical Gardens. There, they confirmed the existence of Indian Tea.
While Black Teas such as Assam Tea are most famous in India, there are also many examples of Indian Green Tea. In recent years, it has experienced a surge in popularity alongside Ceylon and Kenya Green Tea.
Types of Green Tea
There are hundreds if not thousands of Green Tea types. Each is uniquely different from the last. There are Loose Leaf and Green Tea Bags. There are Green Tea powders like Matcha, and some that snap, crackle, and pop like Gunpowder.
There are flavoured brews like Peppermint Green Tea and Jasmine Green Tea. And there are also decaffeinated infusions; ones that use only organic methods; and even some said to bring good luck and long life.
They can be added with others different tea types. They can be blended with herbs, spices, oils, or a multitude of other ingredients.
Green Tea is versatile. We love it in all of its shapes and forms. Here are just a few:
Matcha Green Tea
To make this remarkable and much-sought-after beverage, producers shade grow the Tea leaves for at least two weeks (often longer) before harvesting. The shading of these leaves produces larger quantities of amino acids and chlorophyll. These Green Tea properties contribute significantly to the benefits of Green Tea.
Unlike other Green Teas, Matcha Tea uses the whole leaf of the plant. Workers pick, dry and ground all components into a fine powder. This makes the antioxidant strength of it 137 times more than that of a regular cup of Green Tea. This also contributes to the benefits.
In Japan, Matcha is a staple of society. During the 17th Century, the Japanese created a Matcha Tea Ceremony to cleanse the mind, body and soul. The steps of this ceremony are the following:
Matcha Tea Ceremony
- Before even starting, the host of the ceremony must clean all objects involved. This includes the utensils as well as the room itself, called a “Machiai”.
- When formalities begin, the host greets the guest with a single bow. The host then asks the guest to advance. Sometimes, fresh dew covers the floor. This symbolises the removal of dust from the world.
- Both the host and the guests must wash their hands and face in a stone basin. This is for the art of purification. Extra care is taken when cleaning the mouth.
- The host, providing all the utensils are absolutely clean, finally adds one to three scoops of Matcha Green Tea Powder per guest into a group bowl.
- Hot but not boiling water is added to the bowl.
- The host then stirs the Matcha Powder with a Matcha Bamboo Whisk. At this stage, the bright green liquor is almost (but not quite) ready to drink.
- When the powder reaches the right consistency, additional hot water is added. The host then whisks it again, producing a rich, thick Matcha Tea.
- Then, and only then, can both the host and the guest enjoy their beverages.
Matcha has a slightly astringent taste with a complex profile.
Gunpowder Green Tea
Gunpowder Tea can be made from any Tea be it Green, Black, White or Oolong. However, Gunpowder is by far most popular when made with Green Tea Leaves. The difference between Gunpowder and ‘normal’ Tea is that producers roll the leaves into small, round pellets.
Supposedly, Gunpowder Tea gets its name from the shape of the Tea leaves, said to resemble the lead shots used in muskets. However, this is just one theory. Again, no one knows for sure.
Another theory is that the name stems from the Mandarin Chinese term for “freshly brewed”. Spoken in its correct dialect, the phrase “freshly brewed” sounds like the English word “gunpowder”.
Historians believe that Gunpowder Tea was “invented” near the same time as regular Green Tea and originated from the Zhejiang province of China. Today, it is also produced in the Guangdong, Anhui, Hunan, and Fujian provinces.
There is also Taiwanese Gunpowder Green Tea, better known as Formosa Gunpowder.
Up until 1900, Chinese Gunpowder Teas accounted for 60% of America’s total Tea imports. The chances are, then, that a lot was in those 342 chests dumped into the Boston Harbor in 1773.
The taste is bold and occasionally smoky. Like regular Green Tea, it consists of distinct grassy notes as well as a rich, refreshing aftertaste.
Peppermint Green Tea
Peppermint Green Tea is one example of a Flavoured Tea. It is one of our most popular, but is likewise one of the hundreds if not thousands of flavoured brews available today.
This wholesome infusion is the delectable combination of peppermint extract with the finest quality Tea leaves. It has bold, aromatic qualities seldom found in any other Tea. However, there are many choices apart from Peppermint Green Tea, including Mango, Banana, Gingerbread Flavoured, and Cucumber and Melon.
There is also Red Ginseng, Cinnamon and Plum, and even Papaya Guava and Mango. Ultimately, there is a Flavoured Green Tea for every personal taste.
And that’s not all. Many of the flavoured Green Teas have added health benefits owing to their ingredients. For example, the peppermint in Peppermint Green Tea contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and other antioxidants.
This includes Vitamins A, B, C and E, Alpha-carotene, Beta-carotene, Calcium, Copper, Inositol, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Silicon, Sulphur and Zinc.
Combined, these compounds can work with Green Tea to improve digestion, boost the immune system, prevent halitosis, and help you to lose weight. In other words, one is getting the benefits of Green Tea and the benefits of peppermint in one go!
Decaf Green Tea
Tea leaves naturally contain caffeine. The Camellia sinensis plant is, in fact, one of 60 other plants to contain caffeine. Others include nuts from the Kola tree (often used in the making of soft drink products); the Theobroma cacao tree (which produces the bean used for chocolate); and the Coffea plant which is, of course, harvested for Coffee.
A German scientist called Friedrich Ferdinand Runge first discovered caffeine in the 1820s. Since then, the industry has endeavoured to find new and innovative ways of decaffeinating Teas and Coffees.
Contrary to popular belief, no Tea to contain leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant is 100% decaffeinated. But Decaffeinated Green Tea is the next best thing. It has around 98% of its caffeine content removed.
There are four primary methods of decaffeination. These are the following:
- CO2 Method
- Methylene chloride Method
- Ethyl Acetate Method
- Swiss Water Method
On average, only 5 to 10 milligrams of caffeine is left in Decaf Green Tea. This makes it an excellent choice for those looking to cut down on their caffeine intake. Caffeine can cause side effects such as jitteriness and sleeplessness. So when choosing Decaffeinated, you are choosing to avoid the risks of waking up on the wrong side of the bed.
Jasmine Green Tea
Jasmine Tea is arguably the most famous Flavoured Green Tea in the world. Producers make it using the beautiful Jasmine Flower (Jasminum), which is both fragrant and flavoursome.
In the early afternoons of June, July and August, experienced and dutiful workers hand-pick jasmine buds when the sun is out, and the dew has long evaporated. However, only the buds that are ready to bloom that same evening ‘make the cut’.
Workers then store the thousands of jasmine buds in a dry place until they open into the cool night air. This releases their signature scent.
Now ready for the next and most crucial stage, the jasmine flowers are placed into basket trays and layered over Green Tea leaves. This carries on for some hours until the leaves underneath absorb the fragrance and distinct flavour of jasmine.
All Jasmine scented Teas, including our Jasmine with Flowers and Jasmine Pearl Superior, boast delightfully floral notes with grassy undertones. And if you want to enjoy Jasmine without Green Tea, we also have Jasmine Flower Tea, a Herbal Tea. View our fast Jasmine Tea selection.
Sencha Green Tea
Around 78% of Tea consumed in Japan is Sencha Green Tea. In fact, some of the finest, the most delicious, and the most nourishing Sencha Teas come from Japan.
Some historians believe that this Tea originally came from Japan. Others believe it came instead from China. Again, little to the surprise of many, we will probably never know.
Nevertheless, Japan has a legend that Sencha Green, or at least an early version of it, was first created by a Tea farmer named Nagatani Soen from Uji, near Kyoto, in 1738.
According to this tale, Nagatani Soen, fond of experimenting with different processing techniques, created a beverage resembling that of the modern-day Sencha Green Tea.
At the age of 58, Nagatani was a very experienced farmer. Indeed, he had a great understanding of how the Japanese Tea industry worked. He knew that his new Tea wouldn’t sell in Kyoto, its residents conservative and traditional, so instead he travelled to Edo (present-day Tokyo).
There, Nagatani visited a local Tea shop. The owner of the shop expressed interest in trying his Tea, eventually dubbing it “tenka ichi” (‘天下一’), meaning “first under the heavens”.
Regardless of whether there is any truth to this story, Sencha Green Tea today is one of the most popular Green Teas, period. It consists of a bitter-sweet balance of flavour with, like most Green Teas, grassy undertones.
Mao Feng Green Tea
This Chinese Green Tea is a heavenly beverage grown exclusively in the mountain region of the Zhejiang province. Its long, curly, dark green leaves make it unmistakable even before brewing. Its taste, meanwhile, is, put simply, exquisite.
Mao Feng Green Tea is a Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP). This term denotes Tea made from the top bud and the first two leaves of each new shoot. FOP Teas contain young, tender leaves with a balanced amount of “tip” or “bud”.
Perhaps more importantly, Mao Feng Green Tea grows in some of the best conditions of all of China, some 600 metres above sea level. Workers harvest the leaves used in its making at the very start of spring and indeed the picking season.
The plantation responsible for this divine creation is found close to the Jiu Long Shan Mountain, meaning “the Mountain of the Nine Dragons”. Yet there is nothing “dragon-like” about this infusion. Instead, it offers a soft, crisp aroma and a bright, cleansing, buttery taste. It also boasts notes of apricot and none of the usual bitterness of “regular” Green Tea.
If Mao Feng Green Tea were a dragon, it would be a very friendly one!
Moroccan Mint Tea
Rather than a “type” of Tea per se, Moroccan Mint Tea is the combination of Gunpowder Green Tea and peppermint. The name comes from its immense popularity in Morocco. In fact, it’s their National Drink!
Gunpowder Tea was first introduced to Morocco in the late 17th and early 18th Centuries. It goes by many other names, including “Maghrebi Mint Tea”, Sahrawi Mint Tea”, and “Touareg”.
Traditionally, Moroccan Mint Tea signifies hospitality and affection. This is to such an extent that if you’re indeed lucky enough to be invited into the home of a Moroccan, you will most likely experience this hospitality and affection yourself.
Before receiving a cup (or three) of Moroccan Mint Tea, however, an almost ritualistic Tea-preparing ‘ceremony’ must take place. For this, most Moroccan hosts adhere to the saying “Insha Allah”, which in the context of brewing up Moroccan Mint Tea, essentially means “with God willing”, all good things will come with time.
Creating this fascinating beverage is an art-form passed down through many generations. The male “head” of the family usually conducts the ceremony. However, as of 2019, there are, thankfully, notable exceptions to this rule.
As well as the Tea itself, the host should possess beautifully-crafted and specially-designed Moroccan Teaware so as to uphold tradition. This includes a tin, brass, aluminium or silver Teapot with an intricately-made handle cover capable of isolating the heat when pouring.
Additionally, these Teapots may also have plated gold or gold motifs/decorations. This, however, very much depends on the household’s ‘social status’. Alongside the Teapot, a host will likely own several similarly ornate Tea glasses placed upon a tray.
Moroccan Mint Tea Ceremony
Hosts begin the so-called “ceremony” by rinsing the Teapot with boiling water. This is followed by the adding of the Tea leaves and mint to the pot. Some may even add sugar to cater to the Moroccan sweet tooth, followed naturally by more boiling water for infusion.
After a few minutes of steeping, the host stirs the Tea to ensure flavour and consistency. Meanwhile, the guest (that’s you) should have been made to feel comfortable, most likely in another room. At this stage, the host returns from the kitchen carrying the tray adorned with the long-spouted Teapot and several drinking glasses.
The next step takes impeccable precision as the host proceeds to pour the Moroccan Mint Tea into the empty glasses from a height of at least 12 inches (approx 30 centimetres). This indicates sublime experience in the art while simultaneously creating a thin layer of foam on the surface of the Tea. Should there be no foam, the host will usually make a second attempt with a fresh batch of Tea.
If everything goes to plan, then all that remains to do is enjoy a cup of this flavoursome beverage with the company of new friends. Just be sure not to refuse this humble invitation otherwise you may not have such an invitation ever again! Moroccans do not take kindly to impoliteness.
Organic Green Tea
Sometimes in this world, little things make a big difference. Such is the way of Organic Green Teas. The term “organic”, in the context of Tea, refers to its growing and manufacturing. Teas certified “organic” have grown without the use of pesticides or insecticides, bio-engineered genes or petroleum/sewage-based fertilisers.
Going with Organic Green Tea supports mother nature. It sustains not only the environmental state of the land used for Tea-growing, but also the areas surrounding estates. In turn, this helps to protect the local wildlife and maintains the health of workers.
Man-made pesticides and fertilisers, which often contain nitrogen, are slowly but surely damaging the arable land where Tea grows. And whatever is not absorbed by the plants and the soil often finds its way into waterways. This, in turn, creates massive nitrogen-fed “algal blooms” capable of starving bodies of water of vital oxygen while also suffocating fish and other aquatic life.
98% of sprayed insecticides reach a destination other than their target, often travelling by wind and heavy rain. Ultimately, the radius of damage is not just limited to the immediate area of production. Indeed, it can spread much further.
Organic Teas are certified by the regulatory body within the producing country and checked and certified again as they enter the European Union. The EU regulations on organic products are very robust and uniform across Europe. Each container is checked and sampled, and if a Tea fails inspection, the container is resealed and returned to its country of origin.
Benefits of Green Tea
We as a society are becoming increasingly health conscious. Still, in a world of “fake news” it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s false. Green Tea has long had the spotlight when it comes to improving one’s everyday way of life. But is there evidence? Yes.
The benefits of Green Tea are real. They are not fairy tales or lies. For centuries people have consumed Green Tea for its well documented Benefits of Green Tea properties not fully understanding the “hows” or the “whys”. No longer.
Now, the facts and the figures have fallen into place. The consensus is that Green Tea, no matter the type, can support a healthy and active lifestyle in some of the most remarkable ways.
The natural process of human oxidation, which is when our body metabolises the oxygen we breathe and our cells produce energy from it, can cause many issues when left unchecked. Oxygen molecules can create stress on our organs and tissues by introducing unpaired electrons called free radicals to the body. An abundance of free radicals in the body can, in turn, lead to complications such as heart disease and even cancer.
Yet all is not lost as the antioxidants in Green Tea can afford protection from free radicals and can, in some cases, neutralise them, albeit temporarily. In particular, it is rich in antioxidant compounds called polyphenols, specifically polyphenolic catechins.
These catechins in Green Tea can be further sub-categorised, with the most vital being Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This particularly special compound holds the key to many of the benefits of Green Tea.
We know already that EGCG can reduce the risks of developing cardiovascular disease and its frequent consumption can improve cardiovascular health. When it comes to its ability to combat cancer, on the other hand, things aren’t so clear-cut.
There is some preliminary evidence to support the consumption of Green Tea for a reduced risk of developing cancer, none we as a company are yet prepared to endorse, however.
In 2015, a meta-analysis found that drinking a cup each day (no matter the type) reduced the risks of developing cancer by 2%. Those who drank the most Tea, on the other hand, had a 21% lower cancer risk than those who drank none.
Nevertheless, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company must stress again that we strictly do not endorse the consumption of Green Tea, or any Tea, for the reduced risks of developing cancer. Instead, we support the mounting evidence that suggests correlations in this field.
But the benefits of Green Tea do not end there, far from it.
What we lack in information with Green Tea and cancer, we make up for in other areas. Can it help you to lose weight? Yes. Can it help you to fight depression? Yes.
Don’t just take our word for it. Read the facts!
High diets in saturated fats coupled with low physical activity are the two main contributors to cardiovascular disease and other similar conditions.
Green Tea might be the answer to the concerns of many.
A recent meta-analysis of 13 Green Tea-related observational studies found that volunteers who drank the most Green Tea had a 28% lower risk of a coronary artery disease than those who drank the least. And that is just one example.
Another common cardiovascular disease known as atherosclerosis is often caused by reduced levels of nitric oxide (NO) in the endothelium lining of blood vessels. Studies have indicated that the flavonoids in Green Tea can improve endothelial function and flow-mediated dilation (FMD).
One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition stated that Green Tea improved bioactivity of the endothelium-derived vasodilator, nitric oxide, by enhancing its synthesis. In other words, choosing this type of Tea can improve cardiovascular health.
Green Tea Weight Loss
There is no easy way to lose weight. There is no magic “fix-all” solution. There is no use believing internet searches besieging you with luring titles such as “follow these six steps and drop 7 pounds in a week”. here you will learn about the true benefits of Green Tea.
Green Tea, meanwhile, is a weight-loss tool to believe in. It doesn’t pretend to be anything than what it is: an accompaniment to a healthy and active lifestyle.
Green Tea doesn’t try to sell you the false pretence of being a “miracle brew”, mostly because there is no real miracle to science. Instead, there is method.
Providing one eats healthily and exercises frequently, Green Tea can help weight loss by boosting the metabolism, helping your body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently.
But the former is needed for the latter to work. It means eating apples and bananas, having evening walks in the park and getting out of bed to go on a morning jog the next day.
After all, you know what they say: with great Tea comes great responsibility.
Green Tea Calories
Green Tea can help you to reach your weight loss goal in more than one way. So, put down that can of fizzy drink; throw away that sugary fruit juice, and instead, have only two calories per 200 ml of Green Tea.
Consider it as a “guilt-free” pleasure. This Tea contains fewer calories than wine (160 kcals), beer (180 kcals), and cider (220 kcals). It also contains fewer calories than bananas (105 calories), kiwis (93 calories), plums (91 calories), and even a small apple (52 calories).
Of course, you shouldn’t consider Green Tea as an alternative to food. But should you have a craving for something you probably shouldn’t, then why not brew up a nice, nourishing, low-calorie cup of Green Tea instead?
Green Tea for Skin
Have you ever walked into a beauty shop, stared at a pot of £50 skin cream, and wondered if there is a better way? It turns out there is. And it is Green Tea.
According to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association of Dermatology in 2000, the antioxidants in Green Tea can afford protection against a variety of skin disorders. In particular, EGCG, the same antioxidant that can afford protection against cardiovascular health, can keep your skin in its prime.
Furthermore, the same tannins found in Green Tea that make this beverage taste pleasantly astringent can also keep your skin “pleasantly” beautiful by shrinking pores. Additionally, it reduces sebum (natural skin oil) production. And that is why many choose Green Tea for treating acne.
Green Tea also has anti-inflammatory properties capable of reducing skin swelling. It can also reduce the signs of ageing, protect against sun damage and even, when used topically, can gently exfoliate the skin. This eliminates dead, rough skin cells from the face as well as any excess oil and pollutants. So, is Green Tea good for skin? You bet it is!
Increase Brain Function
Britain has a health problem. And no, we’re not talking about obesity or oral hygiene. Not right now, anyway. We are talking about an estimated 750,000 people who live with either Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Statistically, the prevalence of these conditions is set to double in the next 40 years as the UK’s population ages.
Early evidence suggests that the EGCG content found in Green Tea can improve brain function and can, potentially, reduce the risks of developing Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
In one new study conducted at the University of Basel, Switzerland, Prof. Stefan Borgwardt from the Psychiatric University Clinics found that extracts of Green Tea increase the brain’s effective connectivity. This refers to the causal influence that one brain area exerts over another.
The effect of this connectivity also led to the improvement of cognitive improvement as proven by the volunteers who, after consuming the extract, tested significantly better for memory tasks.
However, like Green Tea and cancer, we do not endorse the consumption of Green Tea, or any other, for the enhancement of cognitive function at least until we know more. Again, we support the mounting evidence and await further news.
Who else is bored of the stereotype that British people have bad teeth because they drink too much Tea? Not only do we, on the contrary, have exceptionally excellent oral health but we also should be drinking much more Tea. This is because, according to studies, it is one of the main reasons we have such glistening smiles.
One particular study conducted at the University of Fukuoka, Japan, and led by Dr Yoshihiro Shimazaki saw male participants aged between 49 and 59 examined on three indicators of periodontal disease: periodontal pocket depth (PD), clinical attachment loss (CAL) of gum tissue, and bleeding on probing (BOP) of the gum tissue.
Researchers, including Dr Shimazaki, noted that for every one cup of Green Tea consumed per day, there was a decrease in all three indicators. This, therefore, signified a lower instance of periodontal disease in those subjects who drank Green Tea regularly.
The reason for this dramatic improvement in oral health is again credited to EGCG. According to previous research, it can reduce inflammation in the body. The indicators of periodontal disease measured in Dr Shimazaki’s study suggested the existence of an inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria in the mouth.
By interfering with the body's inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria, Green Tea may help promote periodontal health and ward off further disease.
If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, then what will?
During the Second World War, Prime Minister Winston Churchill believed that a good, hearty cup of Tea was vital for the country’s morale. He worried about what would happen if the supply was cut off. Thankfully, Tea was near the top of the list of priorities.
In fact, the largest government purchases in 1942 were bullets, then Tea, then artillery shells, bombs, and explosives. One might say that Tea was our secret weapon. It certainly didn’t eradicate stress among the British people of World War II, but it helped in small ways.
Today, statistics suggest that 75% of people in Britain, France, Germany, Canada, America, Australia, and South Korea feel stressed regularly.
There is no easy way to overcome the perils of a fast-paced 21st Century society. Nevertheless, there is one way to at least make things just a little better. It is a way used to great success for thousands of years, the same way adopted by the British people just 75 years ago: brew up a cup of Tea and enjoy the stress relieving benefits of Green Tea like thousands around the world.
It sounds simplistic but, according to research, people who drink Tea four times a day for six weeks have lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Furthermore, reducing your stress levels might be the key to losing a couple of extra pounds!
Another recent study has discovered that chronic stress disrupts sleep and blood sugar levels. This then leads to increased hunger and comfort eating. With comfort eating comes further disrupted sleep, even higher levels of stress and even more disrupted blood sugars.
This not only leads to unhealthy levels of body fat but also, very potentially, type-2 diabetes.
So, could sitting on the sofa with a nice cup of Green Tea help? It’s a possibility.
Green Tea Pregnancy
Drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea during pregnancy is an excellent choice at 32 weeks. However, it is not the only one. Green Tea is another choice to consider for different reasons.
Before we look into this, it’s important to note that while Raspberry Leaf Tea is a caffeine-free Herbal Tea, Green Tea is not. For that reason, one must exercise caution. NHS Choices recommends that pregnant women consume no more than 200 mg of caffeine daily. This is about the same amount as 2 cups of Coffee.
Indeed, Green Tea contains caffeine. But very little. The average cup of Green Tea contains between 30 mg and 45 mg of caffeine. So, compared with the estimated 100 mg of caffeine per cup of Coffee, it is a great alternative.
Nevertheless, be sure to monitor your caffeine intake, even with Green Tea. Also take note of any other caffeinated drinks you consume alongside it, including Coffee and soft drinks.
Aside from caffeine, Green Tea also contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and other antioxidants. It is nutritious to the last, which is precisely what you need when you’re pregnant. The benefits of Green Tea, after all, extend to pretty much everyone!
But if you have any uncertainties regarding the caffeine content of Green Tea when pregnant, then The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company will always recommend a medical consultation before consuming it while pregnant.
Green Tea Side Effects
There are very few side effects to consuming Green Tea. In fact, the vast majority of people will have no problem drinking 3 or sometimes 4 cups of Green Tea daily.
But naturally, this does not apply to everyone. Those who are particularly sensitive to caffeine should instead consider a Decaffeinated beverage. This is because excessive caffeine intake might lead to nervousness, shakiness and even on the rarest of occasions, anxiety.
Excessive caffeine intake can exasperate stomach-related issues in some individuals. Furthermore, it has led to headaches and migraines, insomnia, and heart palpitations. If you have, in the past, suffered from any of these issues, then we again recommend a medical consultation before drinking Green Tea.
However, the most common side effect of frequent Green Tea consumption, the one we hear the most about when our quality Green Teas are chosen, is wanting to brew up another cup!
Where to Buy Green Tea
We have more than 35 years’ experience with Green Tea. Today, we stock over 100 different types. If you are not a fan of regular Green Tea, Matcha, Gunpowder or Peppermint Green, for example, then we have many more for you to choose.
We have our Lucky Dragon Hyson Organic Green Tea as just one possibility. This is a fine quality beverage from China produced using only traditional (and organic!) methods. We also have Sakura Cherry Sencha for those looking to embrace Japanese tradition.
Alternatively, there is Jasmine and Vanilla White and Green Tea if you love White Tea as much as Green Tea and can’t choose between the two. Still not whetted your appetite?
Why not feel festive, then, with Christmas Green Tea? This brew is made with the finest quality leaves complemented with exotic and spicy surprises.
If perhaps you would like to try a variety of Teas, then consider our Samples Selection and pick your favourite! This selection includes five different Green Teas all found on our website.