Green tea also known as Camellia sinensis, originated in China 4000 years ago or longer. It later became popular when a Buddhist Priest introduced it to Japan, soon after people in other areas such as Asia started to appreciate the benefits of the tea. Green tea, compared to other types of tea, are made entirely from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis, the tea is processed differently than all the other brands. The tea is unfermented and made from fresh harvested leaves that are quickly steamed or pan-fried. This type of method that is used helps to preserve the antioxidants also known and called polyphenois, and it also helps to preserve the nutritional value. Scientist have studied and learned that green teas compared to coffee have about 45 percent less caffeine per cup, compared to a cup of coffee. Although, green tea is used and is still in use in countries like China, Japan, Thailand, and even India, here in the United States it is still a controversy as to its health benefits. Because, of the controversy the FDA has still to this day refused to approve it.
According to the different cultures and even here in the United States, many professionals and non-professionals claim that green tea has many health benefits. Researchers of green tea have reported that regular drinkers of the tea have lower chances of heart diseases and lower cholesterol. Some studies have shown that green tea can help aid in certain types of cancers, and that it can relax and calm the nerves. There have been other claimed reports of the benefits of green tea, some of the cures as of recently have not been validated by scientific research. Some people claim that the tea can aid in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, and that it can help in stopping certain nerve disorders such as Alzheimer’s and even Parkinson’s disease.
There are many different types of green tea on the market, and the tea is grown in several different countries, like China, Japan, Thailand and Asia to name a few. Though these teas are often found grown in the different countries, it does not change the benefits the tea provides. They will however taste a little different due to the conditions the countries use to grown them. For those of you who eat and prefer organic, do not worry, organic green tea is also available on the market.
Green tea also comes in an extract, which you can find in a capsule, a liquid, or a powder form. It is stronger than your average cup of tea, but beware some extracts are processed using a chemical process and some companies use a natural process. Another thing about extracts is that they all contain caffeine, where with the tea you have a choice to choose regular tea or the caffeine free.
Whichever choice you choose, either way the health benefits of green tea can have a positive affect for some people, whether or not it is FDA approved, scientific studies have proven that green teas, organic green teas, and even green tea extracts can aid in some diseases. Studies have shown that for us to get the full benefits an individual should drink 2 to 3 cups of green tea a day. Remember if you choose to try green tea for health benefits, you should plan to discuss it with your Physician.
Sources include www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_tea.com and