Chinese Green Tea
and the Camellia Sinensis Plant

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Chinese green tea made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis evergreen shrub native to South Asia and mainland China, is now cultivated in both subtropical and tropical areas of the world.

The tender, young tea leaves are specially handpicked and harvested in early spring for making tea. These leaves contain beneficial nutrients as well as the caffeine that contributes to health benefits of tea.

Types of Green Tea

The farmers in Chinese provinces harvest many types of green teas. Some of the more desirable teas from China are:

Gardeners tend the tea gardens containing the best teas either once a day or every other day. Harvesting by hand begins when about five percent of the crop is ready for picking.

High-quality Chinese tea leaves are tender, young and clean; that is, each shoot is unbroken and free of debris. The flavor of the tea differs according to the age of the leaves, with older, greener leaves tasting stronger and slightly bitter.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

The Chinese people have been taking advantage of green tea antioxidant qualities for centuries and are considered the discoverers of tea as a beverage. It is believed even Japanese tea originated from China.

Researchers became interested in possible health benefits of green tea several decades ago and through clinical testing, they discovered that it does indeed possess a multitude of nutritional components. By drinking several cups of Chinese green tea each day, individuals can potentially:

The many health benefits of this tea lies in its supply of EGCG, or epigallocatechin gallate. This is an antioxidant that has been shown to be effective in reducing low-density lipoproteins, or the bad kind of cholesterol that clogs arteries and contributes to hypertension, heart attack and diabetes.

EGCG also prevents abnormal development of blood clots in the legs and trunk of the body that could travel through arteries until they reach the brain and cause strokes.

Chinese greens are steamed during processing, which helps to retain the full amount of EGCG. Alternatively, oolong and black teas leaves are partially oxidized, resulting in lesser amounts of this beneficial antioxidant because the EGCG is chemically converted into various substances less effective than EGCG's ability to reduce various medical conditions.

So far, the only negative effect occurring from daily consumption of green tea is insomnia. However, eight ounces of green tea contains only about 40 milligrams of caffeine while an eight ounce cup of coffee may contain almost 80 milligrams.

Green Tea Diet

A green-tea-diet consists of drinking four to five cups of tea each day while eating low-calorie foods. Make sure to drink a cup of Chinese green tea, preferably loose leaf green tea brewed from loose tea leaves, before each meal to increase metabolism and suppress appetite.

Further, recipes for a Chinese Green Tea cleansing are available from holistic practitioners who claim that this type of cleansing enhances liver functioning by eliminating toxins and harmful fats from the bloodstream.

More information on the green tea health benefits .

Other loose leaf teas

White Tea
Japanese Green
Black Tea
Oolong Tea (sometimes called Wulong)

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