I talk about green tea a lot due to its many beneficial effects on our bodies. It has active ingredients that protect our health from different modern diseases. People all over the world drink green tea but do they know what kind of tea it is? Is green tea herbal tea? I will give you an answer.
If you learn about teas more seriously, you came across the green tea for sure. While black tea is popular in Europe and America, green tea is a daily consumed hot drink in the East.
Is Green Tea Herbal Tea?
Green tea is made from tea leaves of Camellia sinensis and is a real tea. Herbal teas are made from specific plants as chamomile, rose hips, elderflower etc. Green tea is the only tea that isn’t exposed to the process of fermentation (they heat up the leaves immediately after they pick it over steam to destroy enzymes) and thus keeps natural substances that have a beneficial effect on our health.
Green tea is a real treasury for health and it isn’t surprising that it has been prescribed for the treatment of many diseases in the past. Its antioxidant activity is generally known.
However, it is less known that 124 currently beneficial pharmacological properties of green tea have been scientifically confirmed to help with 400 disease conditions. Micro-nutrients in green tea have many benefits for the human body.
Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea
As I already mentioned, green tea has many health benefits, so I am presenting you some of the crucial benefits of drinking this real tea. Health benefits of drinking green tea regularly:
- helps to regulate the body weight (if you drink green tea first thing in the morning, it lowers your blood sugar, the level of which maintains even after eating the meal, as it reduces the glycemic index of food by 20%).
- helps to prevent cancer
- protects the skin from free radicals that cause skin aging, it also helps prevent skin cancer
- lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol in the blood
- works antiviral
- prevents cardiovascular disease
- promotes metabolic processes
- prevents bad breath and inhibits the growth of bacteria in the oral cavity
- Detoxifies the body
- Drinking tea before sports activities works safely on tissues and cells against possible injuries
- reduces the possibility of Parkinson’s disease
- Helps in liver transplantation
- helps to maintain a normal blood pressure
- Facilitates allergies
Which Green Tea to Choose?
We have a wide selection of different green teas that differ greatly in taste. We know Japanese green tea and Chinese green tea. Japanese green tea is unfermented and has a distinctly green color. The most common types of Japanese green tea are:
Sencha: pleasantly refreshing, contains a bit more caffeine and tannins. It has more pronounced taste and isn’t so bitter.
Bancha: more subtle taste, it contains very little caffeine, so it doesn’t cause problems with insomnia.
Chinese green teas are mildly fermented, with light yellow to yellow orange color. The most common teas of this type are:
Long Jing (also lung ching): it has mild, sweet taste with a refreshing effect, so it is appropriate in hot summer days
Huang Shan Mao Feng: the leaves are surrounded by white fluff. This type of Chinese green tea has a fresh and sweet taste
Hina Gunpowder: Tea leaves in this tea are wrapped in beads; tea is fresh, tasty and exhilarating.
The quality of green tea depends on the age of the leaves from which it is made. The best green teas are referred to as “pekoe“, which means that the tea you buy is made from the most reputed parts of the plant, from young, unopened leafy tips.
Gourmets usually recommend Japanese green tea brands (Gyokuro or Sencha for example), as they have a slightly milder taste than Chinese green teas. Nevertheless, we can get special Japanese green tea such as China gunpowder and Long jing to enjoy.
How to make a Cup of Green Tea?
Pour a hot water that has to 70-80° C over the tea bag or tea leaves. Boil water in a glass or metal (not an aluminum) container. Let the tea stand for 2-3 minutes in the water for an invigorating effect.
If you left it to stand for 4-7 minutes, it will have more relaxing effect, as the amount of caffeine will be reduced. However, when you want to take advantage of the healing effects of tannins (for example to alleviate diarrhea), you can leave the tea for up to 10 minutes and then strain it to drink.
Enjoy your tea slowly and in peace. It is not ordinary to add sugar, milk or honey in the green tea but if you like to then add it. It is recommended to drink 3 to 4 cups per day.
Green tea is not suitable for pregnant women and nursing mothers because it contains caffeine. It is also not advisable for people with a sensitive stomach, as drinking large amounts of green tea stimulate the increased secretion of gastric acid.
Green tea shouldn’t be used in combination with certain medicines. If you are taking medication, ask your doctor about drinking green tea. If you have trouble sleeping, enjoy green tea only in the morning. The invigorating effect in this tea doesn’t occur immediately after drinking, and although it is weaker than coffee, it lasts longer.
So, is green tea herbal tea? No, it isn’t because it is made from the leaves of the plant Camelia sinensis. All teas that come from this plant are real teas. We have many choices when getting a green tea.
You can choose Japanese or Chinese types of tea. Chinese green tea can be stronger and bitterer, while Japanese green tea has more pleasant taste regarding people’s reaction. You can also choose different tea brands and pure or aromatic green tea.
I recommend you to try this powerful tea, if you still didn’t try it. Not only that it has a specific pleasant and aromatic taste, it is also very healthy for you. Try pure green tea without any additives. If you can’t drink it after one week, add some lemon or honey in the tea. Generally, this tea is drinkable without any additives. I invite you to cook your cup of refreshing green tea.