Green Teas are touted as one of the healthiest beverages on earth and for good reason as they have powerful health benefits. Read to know more about green teas and here are 5 best green teas of 2020 that you should try out without fail! Here's to golden health goals.
The world of tea has an obvious allure and for good reason too! It holds something for literally everyone. You might prefer a fine cup of a rare Oolong Tea after a meal and I might fancy the fine muscatel experience of an enthralling cup of Second flush Darjeeling Tea. It still baffles me to think of the fact that all these unique flavor experiences are the gifts of a single mother plant- Camellia Sinensis. Another bountiful gift that this magical plant has given us are Green Teas.
What are Green Teas ?
Green Teas are one of the least oxidized and least processed teas that are cultivated from the same mother plant Camellia Sinensis that also gives us Black Teas, Oolong Teas, and White Teas. Green teas don’t follow the same processing as Black Teas, but as soon as the tea leaves are harvested they are quickly heated- by means of pan firing or by steaming the leaves which halts the process of oxidation, which otherwise would turn the green leaves to brown and give birth to a whole different kind of a tea.
Green tea originated from China and it is still the most popularly consumed variety of tea in the nation. The Yunnan province of China is said to be home to the original Camellia Sinensis plants and the place still boasts of more than 200 varieties of green tea that have their own ardent following in tea circles.
What does Green Tea Taste Like?
A freshly-brewed green tea will either have a light green, yellow, or a light brown liquor. The flavors range from grassy, vegetal, to being subtly sweet. Many of us assume that Green teas are more bitter than Black Teas, but that is not true at all. In fact, if one brews green teas correctly and perfectly, it will have very little astringency and actually will taste slightly sweet.
If you are thinking of how to make green tea, use only fresh filtered water and heat the water to just below the boiling point. Steep your green tea for 2 minutes, and voila! You have a scrumptious, fragrant cup of green tea that will rejuvenate and nourish you!
Benefits of Green Tea
Touted as one of the healthiest beverages on earth, Green Teas are one of the richest sources of beneficial antioxidants and have a plethora of powerful health benefits. Let’s take a quick glance before we get to the best green teas to try this season!
Green teas contain a catechin (natural antioxidant) called EGCG (Epigallocatechin-3-gallate) which is a powerful antioxidant that helps neutralize harmful free radicals, prevent cell damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Rich Source of Antioxidants
Helps Improve Brain Functions
Besides caffeine, green teas also contain an amino-acid called L-theanine that can cross the blood-brain barrier. It helps in increasing the alpha-activity of our brain, reduces anxiety, and increases dopamine. L-theanine and caffeine together give a milder, stable energy and help us be more focused and productive.
Aids Weight Loss
Studies have shown that drinking green tea regularly can aid weight loss by decreasing the dangerous visceral fat on our abdomen. Research also suggests that green tea helps in increased fat burning and also boosts our metabolism.
Lower Risk of Certain Cancers
Green tea is full of powerful antioxidants that protect us from oxidative damage. This reduces the risk of certain cancers like Breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer.
Helps Prevent Type-2 DiabetesSeveral studies have shown that green teas cause reductions in blood sugar levels by improving insulin sensitivity and also lower the risk of Type-2 Diabetes.
There are several other benefits to drinking green teas that we shall look into going forward, but if you need to wish to know about Black teas vs Green teas, you can read a wonderfully insightful piece by our Tea master, here.
The 5 Best Green Teas that You Must Try
Today, instead of discussing the different types of green teas that you can try, we shall take a look at the 5 best green tea blends that you shall get your hands on this season for each one of these tasteful green tea blends offer a unique experience with nuanced flavors and the added benefit of other bountiful ingredients.
1. Himalayan Green Tea
The Himalayan region boasts of a unique terrain, high altitudes, with its tailored weather conditions that brings out the very best in a tea. The Himalayan green tea is skilfully handpicked from high-elevation tea estates and it goes through minimal processing to retain maximum antioxidants and flavonoids in the green tea. It comes in a wonderful loose-leaf variety and a pyramid tea bag variant.
2. Japanese Matcha Green Tea
Matcha is a special, shade-grown green tea that is stone-ground into a fine powder and consumed. Because of the fact that the tea plants are kept shaded from the sunlight, they produce more chlorophyll and also have a higher antioxidant content. This is why Matcha green teas are the richest known source of antioxidants on earth. A single cup of matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than a cup of green tea. Read about the health benefits of matcha here. It has an ambrosial aroma of fresh spring greens and well-rounded vegetal notes that are laced with a hint of sweetness.
3. Mint Green Tea
Mint green tea is the perfect solution for the mid-day dullness that sets in. It’s great for soothing an upset stomach, improves digestion, and boosts metabolism. Additionally it also helps ease motion sickness and nausea. With the right mix of both peppermint and spearmint, this Mint Melody Green Tea is an incredible symphony of invigorating aromas, uplifting minty fresh and vegetal flavors and the wholesome goodness of Himalayan green tea. A great pick indeed!
4. Chamomile Green Tea
For all those who need a cup of deep calm and wholesome nourishment, Our Chamomile Green Tea is the perfect choice! With a bountiful mix of Himalayan green tea, pure chamomile flowers, and lemongrass - this cup is what dreams are made of, literally. Chamomile is known for its adaptogenic properties and helps to destress, alleviates anxiety and wind down after a long day. Our Chamomile Green Tea is a best-seller with its tender, sweet and vegetal flavors. The chamomile and lemongrass lend uplifting aromas to the cup that transport you to a calm, tranquil place.
5. Sweet Himalayan Detox Green Tea
The ultimate detox solution for our stressful lives, the Sweet Himalayan Detox Green Tea is a mix of high-altitude grown Himalayan green tea, Cardamom, Ashwagandha, Shatavari (Indian Ginseng), Turmeric and low-calorie natural sweetener. Ashwagandha and turmeric are powerful adaptogens that help in alleviating anxiety and also reduce depressive symptoms. Turmeric is also a superfood that has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Shatavari or Indian Ginseng is beneficial for your kidneys, helps maintain blood sugar, and has been known to treat diarrhea. A cup or two daily of this detox green tea with the choicest herbs and spices is your ticket to a golden health.
Our tea master and our skilled blenders put in a lot of hard-work, innovation and passion into curating the best green teas of 2020 that suit the needs and preferences of a global audience. We invite you to try out these best selling green teas this season and tell us which ones hit the bull’s eye for you!
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