Camellia sinensis is the worlds most popular herbal remedy. It has been used for centuries to treat asthma and other respiratory problems, colds, coughs, diarrhea, dysentery and headache.
This herb has many antioxidant benefits that maintain health and may slow the aging process and contains astringent tannins, which account for its binding action in diarrhea.
Teas are also a good source of fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay. Both green and black teas contain more fluoride than fluorinated water. The tannins in it also may help fight the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
To reap all the benefits of green tea it should be a strong, bitter tasting brew - not the pale weak type. Many people are not tea drinkers; and even those who are, dislike the bitter taste of full strength green tea. Therefore; supplements made from green tea extract allow them to derive the health benefits of the tea without drinking it. Some extracts provide as much polyphenols as four cups of green tea in a single capsule.
During the process of black teas, the insides of the leaves are exposed to oxygen longer, resulting in the darkening of the leaves. It is also generally stronger and has more caffeine. Oolong is semi-oxidized.
Most people do not consider teas, chocolate, or coffee as herbs, but all are actually herbs. One cup of tea contains just less than half as much caffeine as one cup of brewed coffee.
As with all herbal nutrition supplements, tea supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENT OF GREEN TEA:
Bioflavonoids, caffeine, catechins, epigallocatechin, flavonoids, fluoride, gallic acid, polyphenols, tannins, theophylline and vitamin C.
Camellia sinensis is not a garden herb in the United States. It is a small evergreen tree that grows to the height of 30 feet in the wild, mainly in India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka.
Other herbs with stimulant actions include angelica, astragalus, basil, blue cohosh, camphor, cinnamon, dandelion, dong quai, fennel, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, gotu kola, hawthorn, mint, rosemary, and thyme.
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