Here at Dragonfly, we love Green Tea and are often asked about its health benefits. We all know that small changes to our diets and lifestyles can have a huge effect on our wellbeing. Increasingly there are studies being conducted on just how green tea can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
Green Tea Historic Uses
Green tea has been treasured in China by emperors and revolutionaries, monks and poets, not to mention the everyday unsung heroes of life. From its very beginnings around five thousand years ago, Green tea has been an important part of traditional Chinese medicine, whether as a digestive aid to accompany meals, or even as a headache cure.
It has also been used by monks to help maintain a 'relaxed alertness' whilst meditating, using the simple steps of the tea ceremony to clear the mind of distractions and calmly focus on the preparation, sipping and appreciation of tea. At Dragonfly we believe that this quality of 'slowing down', of mindfully drinking tea and taking time out from our busy days can bring huge benefits to wellbeing, especially as our lives become ever faster-paced and more demanding.
Green Tea and Antioxidants - the Health Benefits of Green Tea
Today, much research into the health benefits of Green Tea is being carried out and it is becoming increasingly appreciated for its high levels of antioxidants. Green Tea contains plant-derived polyphenols which are also found in fruit and vegetables, and studies are increasingly pointing to the role that antioxidants may have in protecting against heart disease, stroke and cancers, amongst others.
Whilst ongoing studies are being conducted all over the world, and other food fads come and go, tea is a wonderfully natural substance, consisting purely of a leaf plus some hot water. It has been shown that tea is also a great source of hydration: approximately 40% of the nation's fluid intake today will be tea, and tea is the world's most widely consumed drink in the world, second only to water.
Green Tea and Caffeine
Both black and green teas contain some caffeine but only around a half that of a cup of coffee. Exactly how much less depends on the tea and how it is brewed and some green teas contain a lot less.
These lower amounts of caffeine mean that tea can be enjoyed throughout the day, unlike coffee. So, sit back, relax and put the kettle on!