Powerful Health Perks
The multitude of polyphenols in green tea is its most powerful attribute. The steaming process for green tea means the polyphenols, known as catechins in the tea plant, are better preserved and are ready to become little health warriors in your body! Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is one potent catechin particularly plentiful in green tea.
The antioxidant properties of EGCG and other catechins in green tea have the potential to protect cells from damage that causes stress and inflammation. This may reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
The protective effects of EGCG have also been studied in chronic neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, with some positive effects observed. Green tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can have anti-anxiety effects. Combined with caffeine, which is naturally present, you may experience a nice boost of mental energy from green tea.
Some studies suggest green tea may boost metabolism and particularly target fat burning. The effects are even stronger when paired with caffeine in the tea. Green tea extract is ubiquitous in the dietary supplement and weight-loss supplement aisle, but the same benefits could come from savoring a cup of hot tea.
Green tea is also a great way to reduce caffeine intake if desired. While it is a naturally caffeinated beverage, the caffeine content in green tea is lower compared to coffee, or even black tea, and a great choice for those looking for alternative options.
A World of Green Tea Varieties to Explore
No matter the research, you are guaranteed the benefit of a delicious and comforting cup of tea when it comes to green tea. There are many unique varieties to try! The nuanced flavors of each type depend on the growing conditions, cultivation methods, and processing steps. Green tea has been a treasured drink for centuries in East Asia and one you should consider adding to your routine. At Monarch Tea House, we have a large selection of green teas to try, including our best-sellers Almond Cookie: Green Tea Blend or Raspberry Cream: Green Tea Blend.
Happy shopping and happy sipping!