Green Tea and Health Benefits

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Green tea is the unoxidised leaf from the camellia sinensis plant, where as black tea is the fully oxidised leaf- which makes it richer in antioxidants and nutrients.

Green teas are mainly produced in China and India, where over 1500 varieties can be found. The processing of green tea differs from country to country, with a series of different rolling and firings to shape and dry the leaf- the shape of the leaf can be rolled such as gunpowder tea, long thin and wiry such as Mao Feng or flat like the Dragon Well tea.

Gunpowder green tea

From the Zhejiang Province of south Shanghai, this is one of our most popular green teas. Records exist of the manufacturerGunpowder Green Tea of gunpowder tea in Pingshui City in Easter Zhejiang province during the Tang Dynasty 618-907 AD, where it was given to Chinese emperors.

They get their name from the fact the leaf is rolled into a tightly formed ball, resembling pellets of gunpowder. Rolling the leaf allows for less damage during transportation and for the leaf to retain its aroma and flavour.

Gunpowder tea has a mellow, yet strong aroma. It is is a versatile green tea and has been used in north Africa for mint Tea- mixed with fresh mint leafs and lots of sugar.

We sell many varieties of gunpowder green tea; temple of heaven gunpowder or pinhead gunpowder. We also stock gunpowder tea from Taiwan; Formosa gunpowder has different characteristics to that of Chinese gunpowders.

Dragon Well Tea

Dragon Well tea is also referred to as Longjing- the village where it is grown in Zhejiang province. It is made from the youngDragon Well Tea leaf; one new bud and one new leaf, pressed flat and dried by hand against a hot dry wok. This stops the oxidisation process and ensures that the liquor has notes of fresh cut grass and a nutty, chestnut flavour.

Dragon well tea can only come from the Longjing area as it is protected by Chinese law. It is truly significant in Chinese culture, the more yellow the leaf the better, indicating less chlorophyll content and younger buds.

Due to the process of firing in the early stages of being plucked, dragon well tea has one the highest concentrations of catechins among other green teas.

It is said that the Qianlong emperor visited Longjing during a holiday, where he was given a cup of dragon well tea. He was so impressed that he gave the tea bushes special imperial status. Theses trees are still standing there today and tea from these trees are auctioned annually for a higher price than gold per gram.

Huang Shen Mao Feng Green TeaHuang Shen Mao Feng Green Tea

Originating from the yellow mountains of the Anhui Province, China. The name of this tea literally translates to ‘Yellow Mountain Fur Peak’ .The first bud and first young leaf are used, making this tea full of white soft downy tips. This tea boasts of apricot/peachy notes and a light, buttery aroma.

This tea is picked in early spring, before the Qingming festival which is on 15th April, with long, wiry and slightly twisted leaves.

Health benefits of drinking green tea

Recent research into green tea has given us more evidence that the tea does have many health benefits. The polyphenols can have an antioxidant effect in the body and can help protect us from certain age-related diseases and degenerative diseases.

The number of antioxidants in 3 cups of green tea can be compared to eating six apples a day.

The polyphenol content of green tea has also been found to reduce the production of cancerous cells in animals. Polyphenols, like flavonoids and catechins, are all powerful antioxidants within green tea. Antioxidants can reduce free radicals forming within the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage.

As well as being full of antioxidants, green tea also contains nutrients and minerals to help keep you healthy, such as; B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, and magnesium.

Green tea can help reduce cases of heart disease, strokes can also be reduced as it limits the inflammation connected with atherosclerosis and vascular problems.

Green tea is used in Chinese medicine to reduce cholesterol and aids good dental health as the polyphenols reduce the plaque and bacteria build up in the mouth while the fluoride content strengthens tooth enamel and reduces cavities. Green tea contains twice as much fluoride as black tea- with some Chinese and Japanese toothpaste is now made using green tea extract.

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