History and origin of Green TeaIt was first recognized outside of China in the early 1900’s and quickly gained popularity across various countries. Green tea is made up from Camellia sinensis, a plant that originates in China. Although this tea started off in China, its production has spread across many Asian countries.
The beginningsThe earliest reference dates back to the 2737 BC when the Chinese Emperor Shennong got to taste the water that had a leaf from the Camelia plant boiled into it. The tea was initially associated with only elite Chinese society and was expensive. Its popularity continued to pick up, especially in the sixteenth century when it was introduced to other Asian and European countries by traders.
Modern usageIn the past few decades, this tea has become widely consumed for its subtle flavor and several health benefits such as weight loss, treatment of joint pain, anti-cancerous properties and much more.
Benefits of Green TeaThis tea differs from other tea variants because it does not undergo any type of processing such as withering or oxidation. This allows it to maintain its flavor and aroma along with its green color. The many benefits of this wonderful tea include:
- Positively effects joint health. Since it is a rich source of polyphenols, green tea is a powerful antioxidant. As per the Arthritis Foundation, polyphenols contains strong anti-inflammatory properties and helps treat joint pains
- Improves brain function
- Lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
- Improves dental health
- Helps weight loss
- Lowers the risk of infection by increasing immune strength
- Lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduction of cholesterol in the body