Green Tea – The Miracle Drink!

Tea has been around for thousands of years. From China to India, Australia to Europe, it has been cultivated successfully all over since then, and each region has added its own customization to this drink. Over the last couple of decades, tea farming and packaging has undergone radical changes. Ancient practices met their match in scientific inventions, and suddenly a whole new rejuvenated tea industry was born!

There are various kinds of teas available in the market today – White, Black, Green, Oolong, Herbal, Rooibos, Mate, Blooming, and Blended are the most popular variants. Each of these has multiple sub-types, but for this article, we’ll look only at the kinds of Green Teas.

Green tea originated in China many thousands of years ago, and the first recorded mention has been made in a book called The Kissa Yojoki (Book of Tea) in the year 1191. The book describes Green tea as being beneficial to five vital organs in the body. Priests in monasteries have been using green tea for its health benefits for many years. The rest of the world has only woken up to the benefits of Green tea in the last few years. Even today, most of the green tea cultivated in the world is used in the food industry, where the extract is used as an ingredient rather than as green tea itself. Research shows us that 5-6 cups of green tea a day are safe for the body. Probably no other drink in the world can make such a claim! With the exception of plain water!

Three variants of green tea are commonly available – Chinese, Japanese, and Ceylon. Unless you’re a real aficionado, you won’t notice the difference between the various regions of cultivation and the flavors. Aromas differ, and can be noticed easily. Green tea has been touted to be beneficial in various health conditions, including

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Weight Loss
  • Toxicity
  • Glycemic Control
  • Blood Pressure, and
  • Liver disease

However, science is still in its research phase to try and prove conclusively that green tea is indeed helpful in treating these conditions. The only thing we know is that it is safe, and does good to our body.

Green tea is commonly had in leaf form by serious tea drinkers. They get the packaged leaves from the gardens, and use a tea strainer and a very accurate amount of hot water boiled to a perfect preset temperature. But for most of us, the way to drink green tea is via a teabag which we just dip into water and consume. Green Tea is best had without sugar or any other sweetener. It’ll take a while to get used to the taste, but it is best consumed that way. If you are serious about enjoying the health benefits of green tea, you’d best get used to it!

There are dozens of popular variants of green tea available online. Browse through the collection at to read more and to sample a few.

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