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China Tea: (2) Green Tea
Green tea is made from the new tea leaves. Unlike the production of other kinds of tea, the production green tea misses the fermentation process. With the Green-Removing process in high temperature, all kinds of oxidases are removed, and the final product and the tea made from it appears freshly green, which gives it the name. The green tea in China has had 3,000 years history, and is the No. 1 in output among six types. Twelve provinces out of thirty-two produce green tea with various brands, and covers more than 70% of global trade volume. Some brands have become world-famous.
West Lake Longjing Tea
Longjing, or Dragon Well, tea is regarded as the "national tea" of China. It is the most famous brand, and made in Hangzhou region. The growing location of tea plants and the timing of picking up tea leaves are really special. The final product is known by its natural green color, fragrant smell, sweet taste, and good looking.
Xinyang Maojian Tea
Maojian tea is made in Dabie Mountain area in Xinyang region. In Panama International Fair in 1915, Xinyang Maojian tea was awarded with gold medal, and thus became world-known. Now, it is exported to Japan, the United States, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, etc.
Biluo Spring Tea
Biluo Spring tea is one of ten famous teas. It is grown on Dongting Mountain in Tai Lake in Suzhou city. So far, it has had over 1,000 years history, and used to be royal tribute in Qing Dynasty.
The tea made from Huiming green tea leaves appears white color, and so it is also called "white tea". It was awarded with gold medal in Panama International Fair, and used to be royal tribute in Ming Dynasty.
Green tea is the top 1 on the list of ten healthy food of United Nations Healthy Agency. It has multiple medical functions, such as anti-aging, anti-virus, protection from cardiovascular disease, cancer, radiation, makeup and skin care, exciting brain cells, releasing stress, improving digestion, helping to lose weight, and protecting teeth and eyes.
The green tea polyphenol has powerful ability of anti-oxidation and physical action, which can effectively remove harmful free radicals in human body, and thus to stop the action of oxidation of fatty materials. It has been proved that green tea polyphenol is 18 times powerful in anti-aging function than Vitamin E.
Protection from cardiovascular disease
Polyphenol can inhibit the increase and deposit of cholesterol, and triglyceride, and thus to inhibit the occurrence of Atherosclerosis.
Protection from cancers
Polyphenol can effectively stop the synthesis of some substances that can cause cancers, such as ammonium nitrite, kill cancer cells and increase the function of immune system.
Makeup and skin care
Polyphenol is water-soluble matter. Using green tea water to wash face can get rid of grease, dwindle pores, anti-infection, and reduce the harm by ultraviolet radiation.
Helping to lose weight
Green tea caffeine can increase the secretion of the gastric juice, which helps digestion and increases to break down the fat. Therefore, drinking green tea dailily can help to lose weight.
Usually, it is not good to drink green tea with empty stomach, and people who are having cold, and who suffer from indigestion had better not drink much green tea. More importantly, women with occurrence of menstruation should be careful to drink green tea, because the tannin in the tea combines with ferreous molecules in food, which forms much precipitants to hinder the absorption of iron in intestinal tract, and the stronger the tea is, the more effective the hindering is.