A drink that goes head on head with coffee. It cultivates your morning and puts you to rest at night, a thousand year remedy that is getting more and more forgotten, while the health bonuses are amazing. Green tea was once one of the most popular drinks for thousands of years in countries like China, Korea and Japan! Still, times change, but green tea effects are the same good quality it was a long time ago.
History behind green tea effects
As this remedy is centuries old, it’s difficult to cite the sources, when did people find out about green tea effects? Green tea in general said to origin in China, with myths going about the God of agriculture in China, Shennong. The story goes as Shennong ate a poisonous weed, he was unable to drink his antidote, green tea, before dying. This goes to show the nature of how green tea was perceived before, as a cure for almost everything.
Official green tea mentioning
The documented green tea effects are first seen only in a book written by Lu Yu in 600 A.D. In Tea Classic (or Cha Jing), our favorable drink is mentioned for the first time. There’s also instructions on the many ways of picking, preparing and drinking the tea, with many intricacies which were necessary during that time. Also, green tea effects are mentioned, such as the believed healing of the five vital organs (heart, spleen, liver, kidney and lung). These observations were made many years ago, so let’s get into the modern effects.
What’s in green tea?
Camellia sinesis is the Latin name for the little plant we call the tea tree. The tea itself is mostly known for it’s antioxidants, enzymes and amino acids. But, green tea has good amounts of:
- B vitamins
- Folic acids
How does green tea effect you?
Gets you through the morning
Green tea can be substituted for coffee* in the morning, as they both have caffeine in themselves. On average, green tea has 25 mg of caffeine in itself, which can boost the brain work without the jittery effect of coffee.
*Don’t forget, that drinking a lot of tea can have the same effects as coffee. In big amounts, it can cause a caffeine crash, slowing you down.
Antioxidants are helping you stay young
A cup of green tea a day can help you cope with stress, thanks to the antioxidants in it. Antioxidants slow down hair loss and skins aging, helping you stay young and beautiful! It is also said, that antioxidants help to keep cancer cells from your organism, but recent studies show they have no indicated value in the treatment of cancer.
Got an aching wisdom tooth?
Green tea is a great remedy for an aching wisdom tooth, as it’s antioxidants help to sooth the pain a lot. But, if you need instant help, put a saturated tea bag in your mouth, it will remove the pain quickly for a short time!
Instructions on how to brew green tea
For the best effect and taste, green tea has to be brewed properly.
- 1 minute for loose leaf, 3 minutes for bagged tea
- Water temperature is recommended from 67 C to 80 C
- Use the best water you can find, such as spring or filtrated
These instructions are basic, but they bring the best taste and health effects of green tea!