The word vitamin means vital amine. A vitamin is an important compound that we normally get from our diet. The Chinese word for vitamin is weitaming, meaning maintaining life. Though it's a transliteration, it carries out the original meaning vey well.
Unlike the essential amino acids, dietary fiber and other essential nutrients of which large quantities are needed by our body in order to stay healthy, small amount of vitamins help promote health.
Green tea vitamins are compounds that green tea is rich with, such as vitamins A, C, and E. Yet the most outstanding health benefit of green tea is from its flavonoids, antioxidants that counter the effects of reactive oxygen molecules that contribute to our aging and chronic disease.
The flavonoids are called polyphenols. One subgroup of polyphenols are called catechins which is abundant in green tea because green tea is made from the very top and center of the tea bush.
Catechins are the major heroes in preventing cancers. One catechin in particular, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), is one of the most potent antioxidants discovered. It's up to twenty times stronger than vitamin E. And it hasn't been found in other plants than tea bushes.
The discovery of the green tea benefits was due to cancer reasearch. In the 1970s, when medical researchers were looking for reasons why people in Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture, a major tea-growing area, had much lower rates of cancer than other people in ther areas of Japan, even when they smoke heavily, they found polyphenols and catechins -- the most amazing green tea vitamins.
Catechins make up as much as 30% of the weight in dry green tea leaves. Other types of teas contain less. For example, black tea has only 3-10% catechins. The process of making these teas contribute to the difference.
Tip: to get the optimal amount of catechins, steep the green tea leaves for three to five minutes.
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