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How to Prepare Green Tea?

Updated on August 12, 2013
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Introduction

Tea continues to be the most widely consumed beverage in the world for hundreds of years. Tea, depending on the processing, is classified into three significant varieties: green, black and oolong. Among these varieties, green tea is famous for its healing benefits. Green tea possesses strong antioxidants, which counteract harmful toxins within our body. Many population based studies show that green tea help prevent cancer and heart diseases. Credible evidences suggest that green tea was used extensively in traditional Chinese and Indian medical practices to control bleeding, improve heart health, treat gas, regulate body temperature, control blood sugar, promote digestion and improve mental processes. Furthermore, consuming green tea is the best way to lose your weight in a safe manner.

How to prepare green tea?

Healing property

Green tea is manufactured from the unfermented leaves of the plant called Camellia Sinensis that grows throughout Asia and parts of the Middle East and Africa. Since green tea is unfermented, it consists of less caffeine, and concentrated antioxidants such as polyphenol, which is an important healing property. Polyphenol plays a vital role in calming the nervous system and ensures healthy mental processes.

Considerations

To experience the healing benefits of green tea, ensure that you use decaffeinated or caffeine-free green tea, which contains concentrated polyphenols. Green tea is not recommended for pediatric use since no studies have been made for the health benefits of green tea in children. Adults may take 2-3 cups of caffeine-free green tea per day for better results. Use hot water that is only about 65 °C to 85 °C to prepare green tea. Also do not steep the green tea into hot water for longer than 3 minutes. If the water is too hot or the green tea is steeped too long, it will spoil the taste of the tea.

Precautions

Green tea undoubtedly is a wonderful beverage to revitalize your body and mind. However, it is advised that people having liver problems should avoid consuming green tea, as there have been some reports showing liver problems in people who consumed concentrated green tea. Although these are rare cases and there is no definite evidence for the relationship between green tea and liver disorder, experts suggests that people having liver troubles such as jaundice, dark urine or abdominal pain should consult a health care practitioner before taking green tea. In addition, green tea, as it contains vitamin K, could make some drugs less effective. In particular, anticoagulant drugs become less effective when you consume green tea. Therefore, if you are under medication for any diseases, consult your health care practitioner on consuming green tea.

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    • sundaramponnusamy profile imageAUTHOR

      Sundaram Ponnusamy 

      5 years ago from TamilNadu, India

      Hi Hendrik, thank you. Black tea taste good. But it contains caffeine 2-3 times more than green tea. Caffeine overdose may create restlessness, fidgeting, anxiety, excitement, insomnia, nausea.

    • sundaramponnusamy profile imageAUTHOR

      Sundaram Ponnusamy 

      5 years ago from TamilNadu, India

      Thank you Chitra.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I agree with your views in the hub, about the advantages of green tea, because I take it myself and have experienced its health benefits.

      Thanks for sharing this hub!

    • HendrikDB profile image

      HendrikDB 

      5 years ago

      Incidentally two weeks ago I took out a health book at our library and in it they discussed inter alia black and green tea. With a flip of a coin I decided on black tea and went out and bought myself a packet. Taste good.

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