Tea comes in just behind water as the most consumed beverage in the world. All tea comes from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. Although it is available in many different varieties, non-herbal teas fall into four basic categories: black, green, oolong and white.
Many of the health benefits come from tea’s powerful antioxidants, called flavonoids. There are more than 6,000 types of flavonoids, and one of the most common categories are catechins. Much of the research on tea has focused on green tea because when compared to black tea, green tea contains 3.5 times more catechins.
Green Tea Factory is made from mature tea leaves and is less processed than other teas. Since the leaves have not been fermented, but instead are dried and steamed, green tea can keep its high level of catechins. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most common catechin found in green tea and therefore has been the most researched.
You can consume green tea as a hot or cold beverage. It is also available in a more concentrated form called an extract. A green tea extract means that the active ingredients found in the green tea, such as the catechins, have been removed from the dried green tea leaves to produce a more concentrated form. Extracts are available in liquid, powder, capsule, or tablet forms.
Heat water to 160 – 170 degrees (Dont boil water as it will reduce the effectiveness of catechins in green tea) and pour in a cup.
Now add green tea leaves to the cup (Add around 1 teaspoon of leaves to 1 cup water) and let them steep for around 2 to 3 minutes (For a stronger taste, steep the leaves for a longer time).
Now strain the tea and it is ready to drink.
You can add a few drops of lemon to it, to enhance the taste and increase the absorption of catechins.