The story of tea began in ancient China over 5,000 years ago. According to legend, emperor Shen Nung required to boil all drinking water as a hygienic precaution. One summer day while visiting a distant region of his realm, he and the court stopped to rest. So the servants began to boil water for the court to drink when dried leaves from the nearby bush fell into the boiling water, and a brown liquid was infused into the water. As a creative scientist, the Emperor was interested in the new liquid, drank some, and found it very refreshing. And so, tea was created.
Today it is known tea is good for our health, and the best is the green tea. There are powerful antioxidants in green tea that have been shown in recent studies to boosts the immune system, fight viruses, slow aging, and have a beneficial effect on health. Clinical tests have shown they destroy free radicals, which are highly reactive molecules that can damage the body at the cellular level leaving the body susceptible to cancer, heart disease, and many other degenerative diseases. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant found in green tea, is at least 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than vitamin E at protecting cells and DNA from damage. This antioxidant also has twice the benefits of resveratrol, found in red wine. Citizens of Uji and Shizuoka, where most green tea in Japan is harvested have among the lowest rates of cancer in the world. They drink more high quality green tea, per capita, than residents of any other region. Green tea also lowers blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.