Green tea is enjoyed for its taste and stimulating effect. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and reportedly contains one of the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals, which are damaging compounds in the body that change cells, damage DNA, and even cause cell death. Antioxidants, such as polyphenols in green tea, can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea has been primarily lauded for its potential medicinal benefits.
Green tea may help treat the following health conditions:
* Reduce the risk of some cancer
* Improved brain function.
* High cholesterol
* Inflammatory Bowel Disease
* Liver Disease
* Weight Loss
How to Brew a Cup of Green Tea
Producing the perfect cup of green tea is a tricky process. If not handled properly, those same polyphenols that provide health benefits can ruin the flavor, making the tea taste "grassy." It's particularly important not to over-brew green tea. Here are some general instructions:
Use 2 to 4 grams of tea per cup.
Fill a kettle with cold water and set water temperature to 190*F. Alternatively, after bringing the water to a boil, turn off the kettle and allow the water to stand for up to 3 minutes.
Pour the heated water over the tea leaves and allow it to steep for about 3 minutes.