Green Tea Facts
All know about tea and its varieties like white tea, black tea, oolong tea and green tea. But how many know the true fact of how these teas are formed. The fact is that all these varieties of teas are not from different tea plants but are from the same tea plan which has its generic name Camellia sinesis. There is another tea called herbal tea also called tisane. This tisane is not actually the true tea as it does not contain leaves of Camellia sinesis but is derived from dries stems, leaves, berries, or flowers of other numerous plants. So do not get confused with herbal tea and green tea as all are from the nature and natural. All teas are naturally obtained from the same tea plant then what differences them is the processing from the day of plucking till they are packaged.
What, Why and How
White tea is potent and exhibits disease fighting potential. In making of white tea buds of tea leaves are selected and processed minimally letting it to hold all the natural inherent disease fighting properties. All tea are beneficial to health in one or the other way they can be classified as injurious or harmful to health only depending on the amount of caffeine they hold in them when tea is processed to get other varieties or forms of teas the amount of tea and polyphenols lost and gained determine their good ness and effect or affect on human health. Caffeine is such a chemical that is rich in coffee and tea. Though tea is processed to any extent tea can never be made 100 percent free from caffeine and caffeine presence can be seen in at least very negligible and mild quantities.
Oolong and black tea are prepared by first exposing plucked leaves to air for a period of time during which leaves get fermented. Among these two black tea is completely fermented and oolong tea is fermented partially. Chemical make up changes in during time fermentation giving them new properties. In case of green tea leaves are steamed and baked not allowing it to process of fermentation. Green tea is proven to contain one half to one third amount of caffeine of black tea. Green tea has polyphenols (anti-oxidants) that are potent in fighting cancer. Around 90% of antioxidants in green tea are catechins which is 3 times more than what black tea contains. Important catechins are- catechins, epicatechins, gallocatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCC).
Green tea scientifically
Green tea consumers are found to be with lower incidences of variant cancers. In the regions where green tea is grown and consumed as staple diet stomach cancers deaths are lower than in any other regions of Japan. Also in lung cancer is very few in cases with green tea users. Green tea is very effective in controlling plaques formed on tooth set and to arthritis which is a very serious orthopedic problem. Among women breast cancer is becoming deadly green tea has proved to reduce risk of breast cancer by reducing growth of tumors i.e. by suppressing the metastasis of cells in breast cancer.
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