Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world next to water and as per today, global consumption of tea amounts to trillion cups a year. While most of these cups amounts to black tea, the rising star of the global tea scene is green tea, with nearly 15% of the global market share.
With a refreshing nutty and a malty flavour and a multitude of health benefits attributed to it, green tea has become the favoured drink of the health and fitness conscious people today.
Despite its' rising popularity, are the promised health benefits of green tea as strong as they sound? Is green tea the secret elixir of life?
Any type of tea in general is rich in anti-oxidants, polyphenols and flavonids, which have been long known to improve natural immunity and blood circulation in human body.
However, green tea boasts of larger percentages of catechins, a flavonid and theanine, an amino acid which acts as two super ingredients in reducing short term stress and inducing relaxation while preventing long term memory loss caused by old age, when consumed daily, for a longer period of time.
Large amounts of theanine in green tea also effect certain areas of the brain in improving concentration and problem solving capabilities, which has led to scientists believing that consumption of green tea could protect you from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
According to the National Cancer Institute(NCI) of American National Institute of Health (NIH), green tea's health benefits are not just restricted to its' positive effects on our memory and brain. The polyphenols in tea, which are also anti-oxidants, is believed to have numerous cancer prevention qualities, although it is yet to be confirmed by long term research.
Polyphenols also increases body metabolism and burning of body fat, suggesting that drinking a few cups of green tea, along with a moderate diet and exercise could be the secret to rapid weight loss. However, it is also important to remember that any kind of beverage with caffeine should be consumed after at least one hour's period from main meals.
Green tea is also a rich source of caffeine. The level of caffeine in Ceylon green tea is just the right amount to reduce the incidence of type-2 diabetes and green tea also contains the right percentage of fluoride to keep your teeth healthy.
The right blend and location of your green tea could be an important factor in deriving its' full health benefits. Ceylon green tea is world's cleanest and most eco-friendly tea variety available in the market and Ceylon Organic green tea is free of metal, pesticides and fertilizer residuals.
Ceylon Green Tea has acquired a commanding position in the global market. Currently, Sri Lanka exports green tea to more than 40 countries. Ceylon Green Tea manufacturers and suppliers export to United Arab Emirates, Libiyan Arab Jamahiriya, Russian Federation, France, Ukraine, Taiwan, Germany & Italy lwhich resulted in the green tea export income of US $ 6.8Mn in year 2014.
Sri Lankan green tea is grown under the highest social and environmental standards; excellence in process and purity of product are reflected by world class certifications. Several plantations are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited and GLOBAL GAP compliant.
Tea processing factories are continually improved and upgraded to maintain sufficient technical and hygienic standards through the implementation of ISO 22000, and HACCP. Buyers are thus assured that Ceylon Tea is not only synonymous with quality, but also conforms to internationally acceptable food safety regulations.
Although more studies and research are required to establish this 5000 year old beverage as the true elixir of life, Ceylon Green Tea continues to woo some of the most enthusiastic tea drinkers in the world, with its' promise of health and refreshing fragrance and flavour.