The benefits of tea
The virtues of green tea are numerous and legendary. Back in 1211 a Japanese monk named Eisa claimed that green tea was a miraculous product for maintaining health.
Since then, scientists have shown that green tea really is a panacea plant: it does not act as an excitant and it contains essential oils, mineral salts, carotenoids, chlorophyll, vitamins C and E.
Green tea is widely used in the cosmetics industry and as a great beauty treatment which facilitates fat metabolism and has very powerful anti-oxidant properties.
The Japanese were the first to study the benefits of tea. They were drinking mainly green tea and their studies demonstrated the salutary effects of this non-fermented tea on health. Japanese cosmetology was the first to introduce the anti-oxidants from green tea into anti-ageing creams. Green tea is generally associated with well-being and present in many foodstuffs in Japan: chewing-gum, ice-creams, sweets and of course cakes.
On a simpler level, green tea is a thirst-quenching beverage which can be drunk either steaming hot or icy cold and is therefore suitable for all seasons.
Black tea also contains anti-oxidants, but they are reduced by the manufacturing process (see " ").