Green Tea vs Black Tea, Decisions decisions...

Did you know that both black and green tea leaves come from the same shrub called the Camellia sinensis? Both tea leaves are harvested from the uppermost buds. Despite their common origin, they are so utterly different. What's the difference you ask? The difference comes from the processing and preparation of the leaves. 

Green Tea:

Delicate and fresh, green tea has been described as the drink of Asia. The production process of green tea includes harvesting of leaves and pan-firing (drying). This halts the oxidation and helps the leaves maintain both their color and flavor. A quality green tea leaf, such as Ten Ren's green tea, will also be twisted allowing the natural oils and nutrients to lay at the surface and released upon brewing.

Black Tea:

The most popular tea in the world, is produced much in the same way. However, the harvested tea leaves are left to oxidize before being dried. The oxidation process increases the flavor and aroma. 

These two teas might come from the same plant, but they are different in so many ways. Make sure you learn to enjoy them both!

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The Health Benefits of Green Tea!

Iced Green Tea

There are a plethora of sources stating the same thing. Green Tea is Healthy!

Here are some of the known benefits of Green Tea.

  1. Green tea contains various Bioactive compounds that can improve health. Being loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and atechins, which function as powerful antioxidants, Green tea can help reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules inside the body from damage and thus helping to decrease the risk against cancer.

  2. Improve Brain Function. Green tea contains both caffeine and amino acid L-theanine. Studies have shown that the combination of the two is particularly potent at improving brain function. Because of the L-theanine and the smaller dose of caffeine, green tea can give you a much milder brain boost than coffee, allowing for not only more energy, but concentration.

  3. Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age. The bioactive compounds in Green Tea can have various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders.

  4. Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. Green tea has shown it can help lower total and LDL cholesterol which is the main risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.

Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes. Green tea has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels, thus reducing your risk for Type II Diabetes. 

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