Posted by: tasteindulgence | August 31, 2009

Is Green Tea More Than Just A Healthy Drink?

It’s been said that the rich history of green tea began about 5,000 years ago in China. With so many years in between then and now there are scores of different stories about the discovery of green tea.

One of the more interesting ones is based upon a Chinese emperor and medical expert named Shen Nong. Legend has it that he would always boil his water before drinking it. One day, some tea leaves accidentally fell into his boiling water and the first cup of green tea was enjoyed.

Obviously, this magnificent drink has come a long way from such humble beginnings. In fact, green tea’s health secrets are well known the world over. Aside from being a relaxing treat after a stressful day, green tea boasts some pretty impressive health benefits.

Green tea leaves are loaded with catechin polyphenols, especially one called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is a powerful anti-oxidant. Some health problems that drinking green tea can help are rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, infection, and immune function.

When it comes to brewing green tea, there are a couple helpful hints that can increase its health giving properties. The main one, and this is contrary to a lot of green tea brewing advice, is to use boiling water. Many people will tell you that using boiling water to brew green tea will leave it with a slightly bitter taste. This may be true, but boiling water will also promote the extraction of polyphenols from the leaves and make for a healthier drink. It is definitely one of green tea’s health secrets.

In the end, it’s all a matter of what your goal is for your cup of tea. If you want to brew green tea for purely health reasons, boil the water. If you’d like to spoil yourself a little and enjoy its wonderful taste, don’t let the water boil. Just be sure to let it steep for 2-5 minutes. And if you are using tea bags, dunk them in and out of the water to help extract the health giving polyphenols.

Everyone will tell you to drink green tea for your health, and at Taste Indulgence we’re no different…but don’t forget about the relaxing, indulgent side of green tea altogether. The health benefits of green tea will always be there, but as a sipping tea to help erase the stresses of the day it really has no equal.

We have some truly decadent flavors of green tea for you to choose from, including Jasmine Jewel, Passionate Blueberry, and Rose Burst.

All of these great flavors are available in loose leaf and some in tea bag form. They can also be sweetened with sugar, honey, or a healthier alternative such as stevia. Whether you choose loose leaf or tea bags, and however you decide to sweeten it, just remember that green tea is meant to be savored. You have 5,000 years of history in your cup, so be sure to enjoy every drop.

* The above is not meant to be construed as medical advice; consult a professional before using herbs as medication

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