World-wide, green tea is the most popular tea. Like all other non herbal teas, it is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Green tea, however, is less processed than black and oolong (wulong) tea, because it’s steam-dried. Green tea’s delicate processing is thought to contribute to its high level of nutrients and antioxidants, all of which may contribute to its health benefits.
1The 10 Proven Health Benefits of Green Tea
A nutritional punch awaits you
It is easy to feel good about what’s in your cup when you choose green tea. Take a look at what’s inside:
- Caffeine is a type of alkaloid that has stimulating effects on the nervous system
- L-theanine, an amino acid that may help increase mental focus
- The mineral fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel.
The catechins (types of antioxidants) in green tea are much higher than those in other types of tea. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most notable catechin.