Friday, August 15, 2008

Chinese Green Tea

For most people, the Chinese green tea is a stuff of legends. It has been known to be very beneficial to human health and has been talked about and written about because of its countless positive effects for thousands of years.
800, Chinese tea was brought to Japan by monks who studied Buddhism in China. It is believed that in A.D. The fame of the green tea did not stay at one place for long. Green tea leaves when boiled smelled and tasted so wonderful that Shen Nung even urged his people to drink it.

It was said that while boiling some water for drinking, some leaves fell into his pot from a tree nearby. According to legend, the first person to ever taste Chinese green tea was the Emperor Shen Nung in 2737 B.C.
What makes this green tea different from all other teas?
Chinese tea is produced from Camellia sinensis, the same plant where the oolong and black tea are derived. Yet, even though they all come from the same herb, the Chinese green drinnk truly stands out as an exceptional health drink. So what makes it different?
The difference lies in the method by which this tea is produced. Oolong and black tea leaves are traditionally oxidized and then dried while the Chinese green tea leaves are steamed and then dried. This method of producing green tea actually preserves most of the beneficial antioxidants present in it.
Chinese Green Tea for Health
While it is already common knowledge that green tea has several health benefits, modern scientists were able to provide several concrete proofs of the positive effects of Chinese tea. Its antioxidants are said to be the ones responsible for making the tea very beneficial.
It was also discovered that this healthy tea can have an anti-inflammatory effects and may provide protection against cardiovascular diseases. Recent findings show that the antioxidants in Chinese tea can reduce cholesterol levels in a person; can improve how blood vessels function; and can reduce blood lipids.
Chinese Green Tea for Weight Loss
In their study, they investigated the weight loss benefits of Chinese dieting by observing the interaction between the caffeine in green tea and a compound called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). According to the researchers of the University of Geneva, green tea has thermogenic properties which aid much in weight loss. Significant findings were made that pointed to the benefits of such a tea in weight loss.
The tendency of Chinese green tea to enhance metabolic rates has given people reason to believe that this tea has weight loss benefits as well. When these two substances in the tea react, thermogenesis of the body increases by four percent.
Drinking Chinese tea allows the body to burn an additional 70 calories a day, a feat that weight loss enthusiasts would relish. The results of the research showed that green tea drinkers have a better propensity for weight loss. Another study concerning the weight loss benefits of Chinese dieting system was also conducted.
Today, Chinese green tea is widely available as a beverage and as an ingredient for weight loss products.
Cathy Freeman is a green tea lover and you can join her at her website
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Chinese Green Tea
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