What is Green Tea?
The tea is first steamed for less than one minute in large vats. This is to kill the enzymes that cause oxidation. Next it is kneaded by hand, stacked in small piles, and dried for about ten hours, during which time it is constantly turned. The tea is then rolled according to the desired grade. Finally, the tea is sorted.
The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the formation of abnormal blood clots, the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.