Green TeaThe tea plant, Camellia sinensis, is native to China (since the 10th century BC) and South East Asia, and has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to treat all sorts of issues, from headaches to depression. Records show that green tea has been used in South East China for over 3,000 years in both beverages and cooking, but it was only in the 16th century that tea reached the West as explorers visited Asia. There are numerous varieties of green tea, and they differ based on the growing conditions, the process of production, and the time of harvest. Green tea is simply the non-fermented tea plant.
A Real SuperfoodGreen tea can be classed as a superfood as it contains more than 700 chemicals, among which are:
- Amino acids
- Vitamins C, E and K