Does Green Tea Have Caffeine In It?

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Does Green Tea have caffeine in it? Yes, it does.

If you’re someone conscious of your caffeine intake – or the intake of those in your care – the question of whether green tea benefits outweigh any green tea caffeine content is one you are wise to ask.

For some, even a small amount of caffeine in their diet during the day can affect their ability to get a good night’s sleep.

Caffeine is a stimulant drug that can be addictive to some, even if it is a naturally occurring product.

So whilst green tea benefits abound, the question of – does green tea have caffeine – is a prudent one to ask.

“Does Green Tea have caffeine in it? Yes, it does.”

If you are wanting to eliminate caffeine from your system completely – for example, if you (or someone you care for) are pregnant, an athlete or a young child, then do not include green tea in your diet. There are many beautiful herbal teas or tisanes that are delicious and refreshing to drink, yet completely free of caffeine. You can choose from Hibiscus Tea, Peppermint Tea, Chamomile Tea or Ginger Tea, to name just a few.

What is caffeine?

Caffeine occurs naturally – in varying quantities – in the leaves, seeds and fruits of more than 60 species of plants around the world. The stimulating effect of caffeine is well known. In our everyday life, caffeine is found in coffee, tea, cocoa, cola soft drinks, chocolate, iced coffee and energy drinks. It is even in some over the counter medications like cough syrup and slimming tablets.

Caffeine can be produced synthetically and this is how it is added to those foods and beverages other than tea and coffee.

Green Tea Caffeine

Green tea leaves are the leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. White tea, yellow tea, green tea, oolong, pu-erh tea and black tea are all harvested from this same species, but are processed differently to attain different levels of oxidation.  The different amounts of oxidation achieved during the processing (as well as other treatments) affect the flavour, the health benefits and also the caffeine content of the tea.

The Green tea caffeine content is less than that of black tea, and far less than that of coffee, as shown in the listing below :

Approximate caffeine levels (per serve) include:

  • instant coffee – 60 to 100 mg
  • decaffeinated coffee – around 3 mg
  • drip or percolated coffee – 100 to 150 mg
  • espresso coffees such as espresso or latte – 90 to 200 mg
  • tea (green and black tea) – 30 to 100 mg, depending on the type and strength of the brew
  • chocolate drinks – 30 to 60 mg
  • cola drinks – 35 mg
  • energy or sports drinks (such as Red Bull) – 80 to 90 mg
  • dark chocolate bar – 40 to 50 mg per 55 g serve

How Much Caffeine is in Green Tea?

In general, an 8-ounce (240ml) cup of green tea contains around 25 milligrams of caffeine.

This figure is approximate because the actual green tea caffeine amount depends heavily upon the brand and type of green tea and how long you brew or steep it (the longer you steep green tea, the higher the green tea caffeine content) amongst other things (for example, the more times you infuse the tea, the higher the caffeine content). Green tea in general has less caffeine than black tea, but this also depends on the type and brand.

Green Tea Benefits

The benefits of green tea are those of the general benefits of green tea itself, as well as the caffeine content benefits.

In humans, caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant, temporarily warding off drowsiness and restoring alertness. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug (that is, it alters brain function, resulting in alterations in perception, mood, consciousness, cognition, and behavior), but unlike many other psychoactive substances, it is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world.

In North America it is reported that 90% of adults consume caffeine daily in one form or another.

Green tea has a whole list of helpful and healthy ingredients.  Green tea has been shown to increase the drinker’s metabolic rate.  In one study on healthy men, a 4% increase in energy expenditure was shown while in another, there was a 17% increase in fat oxidation.  Results like these may hint at an increased metabolism that allows fats to be burned off more quickly – which is likely the reason for the explosion of green tea weight loss diets.

Green tea has antioxidant properties, which are another potential benefit.  Oxidants have been shown to play a large part in the development of cancerous cells so anything containing antioxidants can help reduce this risk.

There are also bioactive compounds in green tea, which have been shown to help brain function.  Over the long term, this can be helpful to try to protect the brain in old age and avoid illnesses such as Alzheimer and Parkinson’s.  While green tea is not claimed to be a cure, anything that can potentially help reduce the chance of developing these conditions cannot be a bad thing.

Last but not least, green tea contains a substance called a catechin. Unfermented green tea has perhaps the highest concentration of catechin content among naturally occurring foodstuffs, with about 27 percent of its makeup being catechins. Catechins are great for killing bacteria.  Catechins have properties that can help kill the influenza virus and also stop the growth of streptococcus mutans, a harmful bacteria that that grows in the mouth and fights bacteria in the stomach to protect you from food poisoning. At sushi bars, green tea is served after the meal for this reason!

The spectacular thing is, catechin manages to fight the deadly bacteria and inhibits the growth of putrefactive bacteria without harming the friendly bacteria in the intestine – it actually leads to the stimulation of the immune system in the body.

Is There a Detrimental Side to Caffeine?

As a stimulant, caffeine acts on the brain and nervous system. Whilst in small doses, it can make you feel refreshed and focused, it can make you feel energetic and have increased concentration. In large (excessive) doses, however, you are likely to feel anxious, irritable, have trembling hands and have difficulty sleeping.  A rapid heartbeat (palpitations), frequent urination and dehydration, even dizziness and headaches can be signs of excessive amounts of caffeine intake.

Like many other drugs, it is possible to develop a tolerance to caffeine, which means ever-greater doses are needed to achieve the same effect. Over time, your body might come to depend on caffeine in order to function at its best.

Green Tea Caffeine

The good news is, because the levels of caffeine in green tea are so relatively low, it would be almost impossible for your green tea intake to have these effects on you. If you drink the same number of cups of green tea as you did coffee, you will have reduced your caffeine intake by around 70% in one motion.

So there you have it.  Green Tea, in moderate doses, looks to be a beneficial addition to your diet.  However, if you’re avoiding caffeine altogether for any reason at all, green tea is on your ‘no-go’ list.  Hopefully only for a short time, though!

 

How to Take Advantage of White Tea Benefits – The Ultimate Guide

Assortment of dry tea leaves in spoons

Move aside, Green Tea! White Tea benefits are hitting the headlines, not least of all for the reports of its potential anti-aging powers.

Never heard of White Tea? Don’t think it would be ‘your cup of tea’, even if you had heard of it? After reading through the following, you might give it a second thought.

Recent Research on White Tea Health Benefits

Early indicators from a recent research study are that white tea reduces the risk of inflammation which is characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers as well as wrinkles.

From the School of Life Sciences at Kingston Uni in SW London we hear from Prof Declan Naughton that his team carried out tests to identify plant extracts that protected the structural proteins of the skin – specifically elastin and collagen Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues in the body and is important for skin strength and elasticity. The results of their tests showed white tea prevented the activities of the enzymes which breakdown elastin and collagen which can lead to wrinkles that accompany ageing.

The researchers were actually ‘blown away’ by exactly how well the white tea had performed in the testing. “We were testing very small amounts far less than you would find in a drink,” Prof Naugton said.

The evidence from this exciting research is strong that white tea could not only keep you healthy but also looking younger.

Assortment of dry tea leaves in spoons

Black Tea (top), White Tea(middle) and Green Tea (bottom) all come from the same plant – Camellia Sinensis

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What Exactly is White Tea?

All tea comes from the same source : the Camilla Sinensis plant (except for the variety Camellia sinensis var. assamica, but that’s for another post…)

Whilst green tea and black tea both come from the Camilla Sinensis plant, they are picked later and are much less processed than white tea, which is made from immature tea leaves that are picked very carefully just before the buds have fully opened.

A silver ‘fuzz’ covers the buds and turns white when the tea is dried – hence the name ‘white’ tea. The buds cannot be picked on rainy days or when frost is on the ground. Additionally, there are only 2 or 3 days during the year when the buds can be picked, making this tea rare and precious. This is the least processed tea – very little fermenting and rolling is involved in the process in comparison to green and black tea.

The most popular types of White Tea are White Peony and Silver Needle, although you’ll see increasingly more regional varieties and flavored samples becoming available.

White Peony is made from unopened tea buds, as well as the two newest leaves to sprout.

Silver Needle is the most expensive and revered of Chinese Teas – it is made only from the single tips of the tea stem which when dried, look like silver needles.

When is White Tea Normally Taken?

The news coming through from the studies reporting the benefits of white tea suggest that 2-4 cups per day give greater health benefits than only one cup – so enjoy freely, without guilt.

In the true spirit of Tea Party Girl, we suggest setting aside a few minutes every day for your own Tea Ritual. Spend a few quiet moments just breathing deeply, relaxing and enjoying your tea. You may not be able to do this for very long, but the health benefits from the tea, and the moments to meditate will provide valuable stress relief.

How Does One Brew White Tea?

Naturally, white tea can be bought as loose leaves or as teabags and while loose tea is typically going to be of a higher quality, choose whichever is going to work for you.

Knowing what you now know about this special tea, if the tea you are buying is in an opaque container, be sure to check whether it is buds or buds and leaves – make sure you get what you intended to buy!

Tea freshness is important so be absolutely certain your white tea purchase is fresh. Ask the tea shop you are purchasing from to ensure that you’re buying the most recent harvest, from the most recent northern hemisphere spring. You will be paying good money for the tea – it must be fresh.

Water quality is important. As an avid tea drinker, you will know that the quality of the water will affect the quality of the beverage once prepared. If you can, choose a good quality water. If you live in an area with hard or unpleasant water, filter it before you use it to brew. White tea has very delicate flavors – you don’t want them masked by bad water.

Water temperature is important. Before adding the boiled water to the white tea, it should be no more than 158ºF to 167ºF (70ºC to 75ºC) or 160-170ºF (71-77ºC) at the most. You can test this with a thermometer, or purchase a modern tea kettle which prepares the water to a desired temperature. (Tea Party Girl will be doing a review of such kettles in weeks to come.) . This is a critical step, because if the water is too hot, the tea will be scalded, causing it to become bitter and astringent.

Brew Using Your preferred method. You can use a tea infuser basket, a tea ball, or a teapot.

Measure. Allow 1.5 tsp of loose tea per 8 oz of water into the infuser basket, tea ball, or teapot.

Infusion.  White tea can withstand longer infusion times than other tea types before pouring. It is not unusual to steep for 7 to 10 minutes, but you may like to experiment with a shorter steep initially (1 to 3 minutes) and then to graduate to longer steeping times, to find the steeping length you prefer.

Resteep. The great news is you can resteep the same leaves for several cups of white tea, with steeping times increasing as needed. Some sources recommend a 90 second to 2 minute steeping if you intend to steep the leaves several times and gradually increasing the steeping time for each resteeping. This will help offset the higher investment cost of the tea!  White tea should be served au natural, unadulterated by milk or sugar, as the beautiful, subtle flavor of the tea will be drowned out by any additions.

Serve in a beautiful tea cup and enjoy!

How Should it be Stored?

Keep your tea in an airtight container in a cool dry place to prevent oxidation – remember this tea has only had the minimal amount of processing and we don’t want to add to it! White tea doesn’t keep for years like black tea does – it is best consumed within six months of purchase. It can be kept in the refrigerator – and this is recommended by some – but keep it constantly refrigerated if you do this – and warming and cooling repeatedly will degrade the tea.

Does White Tea have Caffeine?

Yes, like black tea and green tea, white tea has caffeine, although a very small amount.

By comparison with black tea (60-90mg) and green tea (35-70mg) white tea has only 30-55mg per 8oz cup.  Compare this to approximately 150-200mg of caffeine for a cup of coffee and you’re miles ahead.  Note that these figures will vary depending upon the tea itself and the steeping time.

What Are the Benefits of White Tea?

Because white tea comes from the same plant as green and black tea, it has all of the same benefits offered by these versions of tea – and some.

White tea is loaded with antioxidants, flavinoids & catechins (both classes of antioxidants), is a natural killer of bacteria and viruses, contains small amounts of fluoride and other tooth-benefitting nutrients, and can thin the blood. So in summary, if you believe all that is reported, white tea benefits are claimed to be that it :

- protects against cancer,

- protects against heart disease,

- protects against stroke (these three are leading causes of death in the Western world)

- increases good cholesterol and decreases bad cholesterol

- eases the symptoms of illness and promotes recovery

- strengthens the circulatory system

- strengthens the immune systems

- strengthens bones and teeth, promotes oral health

- builds healthy skin

- reduces stress and increases energy

- can inhibit the skin aging process (and some claim, reverse it)

- may or may not aid in weight loss
What ancient China has known for centuries, modern science is discovering today – tea is good for you. It is known that green and black tea have many health benefits, and because white tea is the least processed and has the highest antioxidant levels – white tea benefits are outstanding.

Hibiscus Tea – A Tea for All Seasons

Hibiscus Tea

I adore drinking hibiscus tea for many reasons, not least of all the beautiful rich and deep crimson color it has. Hibiscus tea is best served in a glass mug or cup (preferably a pretty one) in my opinion, as that way this lovely vision is able to be enjoyed as well!

Tea from the Flower of the Hibiscus is a stunning tea to palate, eye and nose!

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Hibiscus Tea Benefits

There is a lot of excitement in the air about the health benefits of drinking hibiscus tea. Reportedly, and don’t quote me here, but drinking hibiscus tea is supposed to be good for the heart as it has been shown that it can help to lower and control blood pressure and to lower and control cholesterol. Both of those are very good things.

It’s high in Vitamin C and another benefit its fans love is that fact that it is caffeine free. So those tea lovers who find they are kept awake if they have drinks containing even small amounts of caffeine after, say, 1pm, can enjoy a couple of cups of hibiscus tea without the worry of a sleepless night. Days are too short to only drink tea in the morning, I say!

Information abounds on how you can pick and brew your own hibiscus flowers to make your tea. If you‘re keen you could research how to do this, but personally I’d be too afraid of choosing the wrong species of hibiscus (Hibiscus sadbariffa is the correct one – this is the yellow colored Hibiscus flower, not the red flower, as one might think), pesticides, bugs –eeeee – what else?

I like my tea, well, gourmet! I like it hand selected, from the finest flowers, by the most discerning tea masters… after all, that’s why we have tea experts, isn’t it?

Preparation

As always, very easy – prepare dried hibiscus flowers or  teabags with boiling water, steep for around 5 minutes, and you may add honey to taste. The tea has a slightly ‘tart’ taste (it’s no shrinking violet, let’s put it that way!) and I happen to like it like that, but if you are a sweet tooth, a drop or two of honey is the way to go.

It is a tea that may be infused a second time, which is fortunate, because once you start, you’ll want another and another! And since it’s guilt free (it’s virtually free of calories, when served without sweetener) – you can!

But Are There Any Side Effects?

Now when I say ‘guilt free, drink up’, clearly I mean within reason. We hear of these diets where you consume nothing but green tea for days and loose weight – oh my, not good. In order to reap any medicinal benefits of the beautiful hibiscus flower, add it to your list of things to be enjoyed and included in your overall healthy diet and enjoy in moderation. No extremes, please.

Enjoy Hibiscus Tea Hot or Chilled

This is a very versatile tea, being able to be served gorgeously hot or deliciously chilled. To help survive and refresh on a hot, sticky summers day, follow the following steps for a long, tall, thirst-quenching glass of what in some areas is known as “Jamaica” and is enjoyed with tacos and other Mexican food. You can use either whole flowers (sometimes you’ll come across these sold as flor de jamaica at Latin markets) or tea bags, and it really only takes a few minutes to prepare!

Cold Brew Jamaica ( Hibiscus Iced Tea)

Iced Tea

Cooling Hibiscus Iced Tea – Delicious for a Hot Summer

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Makes 1 quart

1/2 cup (about ½ ounce or 15g) dried Hibiscus flowers OR 4 Hibiscus Teabags
4 cups of cold water
1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup of honey, agave or your preferred sweetener (start with 1 tablespoon and increase to taste)

Place the hibiscus flowers in a large jug or bowl. Add the water. Cover and refrigerate overnight (8 to 12 hours). Add sweetener to taste. Strain out the solids and serve over ice. A squeeze of lime is enjoyed by some.

The brewed Jamaica can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.  We don’t think it will last as long as that!

(Suggestion : if you’re adventurous, you could try also steeping cinnamon, sliced fresh ginger, star anise, orange peel, allspice, mandarin & lime, or lemongrass in your Jamaica Hibiscus Tea )

Always Have Some Hibiscus Flowers or Teabags on Hand

Treat yourself and delight your family, friends and guests by serving this stunning beverage. Iced Hibiscus tea, served over ice, from a tall glass jug, relaxing on the deck this weekend…mmm…what could be better?

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3 Secrets To Amazing Health With Tea

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The great thing about tea research is that new things come along all the time. And, every great discovery or new suggestion seems to spawn at least two new studies to go along with it. The following 3 discoveries are worth a closer look for any tea lover that is interested in building their overall health by drinking tea. Adding tea to your regular daily routine can not only increase your health, it can hydrate and energize you.

 Discovery #1: Herbal Tea And Colon Cancer

A recent laboratory study researched the effects of hot coffee, black or green tea,herbal tea and iced coffee. The study found that people who regularly drink herbal teas (at least once a week) appear to be less likely to develop bowel and colon related cancers.

This study is by no means complete and should not be taken as law. It is however interesting to consider. Herbal tea drinkers may also have a greater link with healthy eating than other beverages and this too may effect the research.

You can read more on this discovery at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-05-herbal-tea-offsets-colon-cancer.html

Discovery #2: Earl Grey And Heart Disease

Earl Grey combines rich black tea with the fragrant Mediterranean fruit known as Bergamot. Considered a classic, Earl Grey lovers span the globe and most people agree that you either love or hate Earl Grey Tea.

Today, UK Scientists are loving Earl Grey. A recent study showed that the “super fruit” combined with black tea may just lower cholesterol and help with a variety of cardiovascular difficulties. Bergamot appears to contain an enzyme which attacks bad proteins in the body, increasing your overall heart health.

Evidence is still in the infancy stage but so far the research looks great. If you want to become an early adopter, read the original article and see what you think:

 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/a-cup-of-earl-grey-keeps-the-doctor-away-the-drink-could-guard-against-heart-disease-scientists-say-9225399.html

 

 

Discovery #3: Black Tea May Steady Blood Pressure

 

Scientists have long touted black tea and its positive effect on the heart. In 2013, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claimed that drinking black tea would reduce variations in blood pressure. Why is this important? Fluctuation in blood pressure can be a warning sign for stroke or heart attack. Australian researchers followed a large group of adults who suffered with hypertension over a period of 6 months.

One group drank black tea three times a day for the entire 6 months. The results showed that tea helped avoid blood pressure fluctuation a full 10%. Additional research is being done on this topic but scientist are convinced it is the tea and not the caffeine that is offering this amazing benefit.

Read more here: http://www.medicaldaily.com/black-tea-can-help-lower-blood-pressure-244903

 

Regardless of how you choose to use these 3 health tips, new tea discoveries are happening each and every day. Don’t just sit on this new knowledge and forget about it. Put it to good use so you can live a healthy lifestyle, which is really what every tea lover wants, right? Of course!

 

Detox and Tea – Is It A Good Match?

detox and tea

detox and tea

Ok.  Detox is a huge buzzword but what does it really mean?  Can detox and tea go hand in hand?  If you want to start a detox what should you do?  Each of these is a great question that deserves an answer!  This article will teach you exactly how to incorporate detox and tea into an easy regimen for a 3 to 5 day process.  Test it out and tell me what you think!

-Dawnya

Detox and Tea – Is It A Good Match?

by Susan Strut

The question of using tea as a healthy part of your diet is a no brainer, everyone knows that tea contains numerous health promoting properties such as high levels of antioxidants and flavonoids.

You will see on the market that there are so many different types of skinny teas, body teas and diet teas so how do you choose the best one for you? Some of them taste horrible or want you to change your diet completely and some just cost a lot of money and do nothing better than your local supermarket brand tea.

Like most things in life simple is usually best and it is the same when it comes to detox tea. I don’t like the idea of having to go on a special diet or only consume this or that when it comes to my health. I want to be able to add something to my existing diet or replace something that I am already doing with a better option. When it comes to detox teas I believe that having a tea that is organic and uses the highest quality natural ingredients is best. You want the tea to taste great and be good for every organ in your body, from your heart to your skin and even eyes. The detox tea that I prefer contains all of these with a long list of healthy, detox promoting herbs. This detox blend from the tea hut is amazingly high in all the good things that your body needs to clean and repair itself. It contains nettle, spearmint leaves, burdock root, liquorice, lemongrass, fennel and calendula petals, and each ingredient is of the highest quality and also 100% organic, natural and hand blended for optimal taste.

Here are just some of the many benefits of each ingredient:

Organic Nettle: Super high in iron and a powerful blood purifier.

Organic Spearmint: To aid the release of bile and stomach juices and promote natural digestion.

Organic Liquorice: To protect & support the liver.

Organic Burdock root: Contains blood purifying properties.

Organic Calendula petals: Contains flavonoids that prevent infection and inflammation.

Organic Fennel: Used to treat digestive problems.

Organic Lemongrass: An aid in detoxifying liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and digestive tract.

Another benefit of detox tea is that it is naturally caffeine free, this means that you can have it at any time of the day. When using detox tea I prefer to drink it in the evening so that your body can use the tea as a tool to help your body’s natural detox process while you sleep.

So if you feel like you need to detox and want to do it the simple and best way then how about adding or replacing your existing tea with this amazing organic herbal detox tea blend.