The health benefits of Organic green tea are a huge topic. Many have written already about green tea and its benefits. We heard the claims about Sencha tea and its effect on cancer. I think green tea is a topic you can’t hear enough of. It is an excellent healthy superfood!
First, it is coming from a plant; it is green, not processed like black tea. You can make tea from many plants, and they are very healthy. Green tea has, of course, Chlorophyll. That makes it a very healthy food.
In Asia, especially China and Japan, people drink a lot of green tea. But the most consumed tea is still black tea. The former English Colonies are, for example, in India, people are still drinking lots of black tea. Green tea is not processed, so all nutrients are still in the tea. Sencha tea, for example, comes from Japan, where people even perform a specific tea ritual while drinking the tea.
Where does Organic Green Tea come from?
Organic green tea is made from Camellia Sinensis leaves and buds that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong and black teas. Green tea originated in China, but its production and manufacture have spread to other East Asia countries. ( Wikipedia).
It can be traced back to 2737 B.C. It was pretty expensive, so the ordinary people of China couldn’t purchase any tea. Only for the highest ranks of Chinese society was tea available. Only since the 14th Century, green tea became accessible to all humanity.
The original plant is Camellia Sinensis, but there are different varieties of organic green teas depending on growing conditions, production processing, and harvest time. Many people think the green, white, black, and oolong teas come from different plants, but it is always the same.
Camellia Sinensis loves the cooler air. The plants are growing in unique tea gardens, primarily found in cooler climates. It is like a vineyard; tea growers keep the plants small to make the harvest easier. But it can grow about 17 m.
When I visited Sri Lanka, I also traveled to Kandy. It is the area and the surroundings where they grow and harvest tea. It is an area with a lot of hills. They have little shops where you can buy different sorts of tea. This central hill-land is beautiful and very interesting to learn about tea. Ceylon tea is very famous in the world.
What are the differences between the teas?
You know there are many sorts of tea. Did you ever go into a specialized tea shop? There are so many sorts that you will have problems deciding what to take. Now you learned that the teas are coming from the same plant. Herbal teas are coming from different plants using seeds, flowers, berries, or roots.
The withering and oxidation process are the following steps. When the tea leaves are harvested, the leaves are set out to dry. After drying is finished, they get rolled and fermented. Because of the fermentation, the teas get their aromas and flavors. Green tea has not undergone this process; the leaves are dried. The best quality green teas are infused with hot water at a specific temperature, keeping the flavor and nutrients. Boiled water would destroy the taste and benefits.
Oolong tea is another sort of tea that was first developed in the Fujian province in China. Unique leaves are chosen and left for the withering under the sun and warm winds. This withering process is fundamental to produce Oolong tea.
White tea has been developed in the Fujian Province too. It has first been produced in an inappropriate manner taking delicate buds that have undergone fixation by panning over flames, which they also did to the green tea. It is mainly dried under the sun, so the tea stays natural in taste and is not imparted by smoke and flames. White tea is also a high-quality tea in which they keep all nutrients through the drying process. So it is also a healthy tea.
In the early 16th Century, they developed black tea from leaves’ over-oxidation while producing oolong, green, and white tea. The withered tea leaves were kneaded to macerate them. After this process, the leaves were left to dry in the sun. The following oxidation process was making black tea. That is the difference between the tea sorts.
Green Tea versus Black Tea
Now we have learned that the difference between these two sorts of tea is the oxidation process. This makes the flavor of the black tea very strong. The English people have played with the flavors, and by adding, for example, bergamot oils, they created Earl Grey tea, a beautiful flavored tea that the English people drink with milk.
We know many different sorts of Black Tea, mostly getting their names from the area where they are prepared. Assam is an area in India where the Assam Tea is coming from. Some tea sorts are mixed. Ceylon tea comes from Sri Lanka. The oxidation gives them a stronger or weaker flavor.
Necessary to know is the procedure in general. When the leaves are picked, which season, which leaves, by machine or handpicked, all this makes a high quality or lower quality tea. There are so many different ways of processing the leaves and the buds to know if this is a green, white, yellow, black, or Oolong tea.
The drying keeps all nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, and tannins in the tea. So dried tea is full of healthy components. This makes green, white, or Oolong tea very beneficial teas for health reasons.
The Japanese Sencha- is it a healthy Tea?
Wikipedia says that Sencha is a Japanese ryokucha, organic green tea prepared by infusing the processed whole tea leaves in hot water. It is the most popular tea in Japan. The perfect color of the Sencha is a greenish golden color. This tea flavor depends upon the season.
The production differs from Chinese green tea. This tea is first steamed for between 15-20 seconds to prevent oxidation of the leaves. Then they roll, shape and dry the leaves. The leaves get sorted and divided into different quality groups. Chinese and Japanese teas are quite other in taste and color. Japanese teas are greener and more bitter than Chinese teas. It is because of the different steaming steps of the teas.
Now the consumption of Sencha tea is known to be very healthy. Studies have shown its effect on liver cancer and others. It has a lot of antioxidants which are fighting the radicals resulting in inflammation.
Health benefits of Organic Green Tea
Because green tea has all its nutrients, it is excellent for your health. It is green, so lots of chlorophyll. I have talked about it in another blog. The anti-inflammation property of green tea makes it such a healing food.
The cancer presentation of green tea is because of its polyphenols. They decrease tumor growth and also protect against damage caused by radiation. This is again because of the chlorophyll amount in green tea. But it would help if you were careful not to boil the tea with too hot water. Otherwise, the benefits are gone.
Researchers think that the high level of these polyphenols in the tea kills cancerous cells. They are not able to grow any further. Green tea is also very beneficial with heart disease; it lowers cholesterol and risks getting a stroke. It is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks containing high antioxidants, more than other teas.
If you want to add to your health routine, you must not miss green tea. It is full of nutrients, antioxidants, and chlorophyll. This makes it a highly praised superfood. Including green tea in your diet is a very beneficial step to further healing.
Please let me know what do you think about green tea and its benefits!
To your Health,
8 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Organic Green Tea”
I’m surprised to find that all tea is made from the same tea leaves! Your explanation of the process of making different teas from the same plant is clear and informative! It makes it obvious why oolong, green, and white tea are a healthier alternative to black tea.
My sister-in-law always brings me high-quality green and oolong tea from her yearly trip to China (sadly missed this year!) but now I’m interested in trying Japanese Sencha. Is that available in the States?
Thank you very much, Cynthia! I have been very surprised because I didn’t know that the different sorts of tea are coming from one sort of tree. The difference is the processing of the leaves and buds. Japenese Sencha is really a very lovely tasting tea. I enjoy it a lot! Your question is interesting because I can’t answer it, but I assume that the Sencha is available in the States like it is available in my country. I am coming from Germany and live in the Netherlands. Sencha is very well-known.
Really interesting article. I have always heard a lot about green tea and it is supposed health benefits but never took the time to really investigate. I wondered how it was different from black tea and it was interesting to finally learn that. I now see that there are important health benefits that I really need to take into account. Thanks for the information!
You are very welcome! Thank you very much for your comment!
Wow! This article is a manual on teas.
I am genuinely surprised that all tea come from the same plant and that the difference is in the processing.
I was introduced to green tea by a friend while in the university. The health benefits are really quite good – very good in aiding digestion after a very heavy meal and, preventing excessive deposition of fat in the body.
My pet peev is that “not all green teas are created equal” meaning that different varieties taste differently and they also vary in price! Any reason for this?
Thank you, Ceci; I hadn’t known this before I wrote the article. It has been an eye-opener for me too. The health benefits of green tea are huge, especially sorts like the Sencha that helps to destroy cancer cells. Green teas are not equal because they are harvested at different times and processed, some more, some less. The best are dried in the sun. You also find teas that are mixed with flowers, like the Jasmine. That is to see with the price. I’m not too fond of black tea, only Earl Grey and Chai. 🙂
I tried green tea in college and got addicted, it’s an insanely healthy drink that is also so easy to put together without requiring fancy ingredients or equipment – I’m looking at you matcha tea. Lately I switched to adding some almond milk and coconut oil for extra creaminess and it makes such a big difference!
Hi Katie! Thank you for your comment! Much appreciated! I love green tea too, but I have never added anything to it, so I can’t tell the taste then.