Yummy, Healthy Green Tea - Brewed Correctly

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It is not hard to spot green tea when browsing Monarch Tea House's selections because they are, in fact, green!   Green tea gets its color and unique flavor due to its processing. The tea leaves are steamed before being dried. This keeps them green in color compared to black teas in which the leaves are oxidized, lending a darker brown or black color. Depending on the variety, flavors may range from herbaceous, earthy, nutty, and sweet. Brewing a cup of green tea is truly akin to creating a work of art for your taste buds! What's more, green tea has long been regarded as having a host of potential health benefits that have been extensively researched. 

 

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. 

Anti-inflammatory

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.

Brain Health

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. 

Boost Metabolism

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.   

Dietary Benefits

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!

- Michele


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