Green tea is known as the healthiest beverage on the entire planet and is consumed across the globe for its wealth of health benefits. It is so incredibly popular thanks to its delicious taste, zero calories and unique content of natural chemicals that make it a highly valued drink. Green tea originates from Ancient China, where these magic leaves were mixed with water and traditionally consumed to treat everything from headaches to depression. It began to spread across the Far East and is now widely consumed all over the world in the modern day for its therapeutic and health benefits, or taken in supplement form for its green tea extract benefits.
Green tea is best known for its exceptional antioxidant and flavonoid content that protect the body and keep you feeling healthy from the inside out. It also contains a variety of enzymes, amino acids, folic acid, carbohydrates, lipids, sterols, polyphenols, carotenoids, tocopherols, B vitamins, caffeine and related compounds, phytochemicals and dietary minerals like manganese, potassium and magnesium. More specifically, green tea's secret lies in its rich content of catechins, especially epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is an incredibly powerful antioxidant that is present in its highest quantities in green tea.
Green tea extract benefits to our health are down to the way that green tea is processed, compared to other types of tea (black and oolong). All tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant, however fresh leaves from the plant are simply steamed to make green tea, whereas the leaves for black and oolong tea involve a fermentation process. The process of making green tea is incredibly simple and gentle in order to preserve optimum amounts of antioxidants and polyphenols and providing maximum green tea benefits.