GREEN AND BLACK TEAS
TEAS WITH CAFFEINE
Drinking tea reflects a lifestyle where experimenting with aromas and tastes of all kinds is appreciated. This noble tradition is creatively packed in the new GOOD NATURE green and black teas designed by Alkaloid A.D.
"Tea”, without any additional mark or info on the country of origin (Chinese, Russian, Indian, Ceylon, etc.), means the leaves and leaf buds of the shrub Thea sinensis, i.e. Camellia sinesis. Only a few know that green and black teas are leaves of the same herb, Camellia sinensis, they are just processed differently.
The freshly gathered leaves are first left to dry, and then they are processed, i.e. crushed. The juice that is released from the cells, combines with the air oxygen and this process is called fermentation. During this process, essential oils are released, which is of great importance for the tea itself. This is how black tea is made.
The difference between green tea and black tea is that the former one is unfermented tea. Shortly after they are picked, the leaves are processed with water steam. This prevents fermentation and the leaves preserve their green colour. Green tea, thanks to the manner in which it is processed, preserves a great part of the active ingredients and, compared to black tea, has more powerful properties.
The benefits of tea
Although doctors and nutritionists continuously accentuate that our body needs a great amount of fluids, research shows that as much as 80% of the population does not comply with that. A reminder: Fluid deficit can cause symptoms of dehydration and other inconveniences, from lethargy to headaches and fatigue.
Tea drinking combines the pleasant and the beneficial, because aside for hydrating, it also has a pleasant taste and beneficial effects on the body.
Green tea is rich in flavonoids, or to be more precise, polyphenols which have powerful antioxidant properties. Polyphenols neutralise free radicals which have a destructive effect on the cells (a reason for the developing of various illnesses) and speed-up the aging process.
Active polyphenol in green tea leaves is an around 200 times stronger antioxidant than vitamin E. The same polyphenol is responsible for blocking the effect of several factors, such as cancerous factors, ultraviolet light or already existing metastases.
There are several published studies on polyphenols from young green leaf tea that affirm that they have a significant role in preventing various skin diseases caused by external factors.
A heart preserver
The natural antioxidant properties of green tea protect the body from heart diseases because they decrease the risk factors, such as high cholesterol, higher triglycerides and high blood pressure. The cholesterol level in the blood decreases proportionally with the quantity of consumed green tea, and research shows that it lowers the systolic pressure.
Catechins in green tea inhibit the activity of the enzyme produced by the kidneys which increases blood pressure.
Green tea decreases cancer risk. The many conducted researches prove the protective effect of tea in some types of cancer. The research conducted by the Japanese Ministry of Health showed a significant decrease in the number of cancer caused deaths, especially stomach cancer, in the parts of the country where green tea is consumed in huge quantities. In the research conducted by Japanese and Chinese scientists there is data that drinking 5 to 7 cups of green tea daily decreased the metastases in some of their patients.
Strong and healthy teeth
Green tea is rich in flour which is important for the bones and for the teeth, helps prevent teeth decay and gum diseases. The regular intake of flour protects teeth from caries. Just one cup of green tea contains 0.3 to 0.5 mg of flour.
Green tea helps fight cellulite because it limits fat absorption and incites surface circulation. It is known as a tea that helps weight loss.
A rich source of vitamins and minerals
Green tea contains a significant quantity of vitamin C, a very powerful antioxidant. Its concentration in green tea is four time greater than in lemons and oranges. This high vitamin C content in green tea helps it strengthen the immunity system and prevents the negative effects of free radicals in the body, the cause of many illnesses.
Also, green tea is rich in vitamin B1, B2 and E. Five green tea cups provide 5 - 10% of the daily need of riboflavin, niacin, folic and pantothenic acid.
Five cups of green tea satisfy the daily mineral needs, i.e. 5% magnesium, 25% potassium, 45% manganese.
Green tea prevents agglutination of thrombocytes, and decreases the risk of thrombosis.
It has e preventive effect for this disease.
Maybe it is unusual, but green tea inhibits and increases sugar in the blood, i.e. the sudden increase of the blood sugar level. For this reason, it is also good for individuals with diabetes.