Tea – Love at First Sight

Well I really did. I’m 21 years old, and I’ve been in love with tea for almost whole my life, I guess. Time flies so it really doesn’t matter when you enjoy spending the time with your desired one, feeling butterflies in your stomach with every cup you take. Isn’t that wonderful?

And the sense you feel when you first try out that special aroma, for everyone is different: from sweet to bitter, and then again it has the same goal – to sharpen your sense for the day that has just began. The morning ritual which many people round the world take is the unique moment in our lifes, the moment which could join enemies together and start world peace. I don’t drink it like British do, at 5 PM, but whenever day offers opportunity and whenever you brain says: “Please, give me another cup of tea.”

Personally, my favourite is the green tea, classic tea which is not quite good for some people, but considering tradition, it is a must have in your life’s experience. Drinking it in China is another experience which I’d like to try since green tea is mostly made there, and they have special process in delivering it too our modern day lifes. Put tradition and modern ways in one cup is just an amazing thing to do. 

Green tea is made solely with the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originates on from China and has become associated with many cultures in Asia from Japan and South Korea to the Middle East. It has recently become more widespread in the West, where black tea is traditionally consumed. Many varieties of green tea have been created in countries where they are grown. These varieties can differ substantially due to variable growing conditions, horticulture, production processing, and harvesting time.

Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting that regular green tea drinkers may have a lower risk of developing heart disease and certain types of cancer. Although green tea does not raise the metabolic rate enough to produce immediate weight loss, a green tea extract containing polyphenols and caffeine has been shown to induce thermogenesis and stimulate fat oxidation, boosting the metabolic rate 4% without increasing the heart rate.

According to a survey released by the United States Department of Agriculture in 2007, the mean content of flavonoids in a cup of green tea is higher than that in the same volume of other food and drink items that are traditionally considered of health contributing nature, including fresh fruits, vegetable juices or wine. Flavonoids are a group of phytochemicals in most plant products that are responsible for such health effects as anti-oxidative and anticarcinogenic functions. However, as a tea information site points out, the content varies dramatically amongst different tea products, basing on the same USDA survey.

So, what do you think about tea? Do you like drinking it or do you drink it just when you’re ill? I’m open to any conversation. 😉

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