The Tea plant originated in China and over the centuries as its popularity increased it was introduced throughout Asia and into Western cultures by Turkish traders. Green Tea is produced from a plant known botanically as Camellia Sinensis and comes in three forms: green,black and white.
The different kinds of tea differ due to the process of drying. For example, Black tea leaves are allowed to ferment, GreenTea leaves are only partially fermented, White Tea uses only young buds and are again only slightly fermented.
The parts of the evergreen shrub used for the process of making Green Tea is the leaf bud and the two adjacent young leaves. These teas are purchased in dried leaf form.
Japanese Matcha Green Tea on the other hand, is purchased in its ground form, is produced from all parts of the plant and uses only older established trees. Japanese Green Tea is considered the best quality Green Tea on the market and contains more antioxidant properties than other Green Tea.
Research shows that the chemical compounds found in Green Tea called polyphenols especially catechins convey remarkable health benefits for the cardiovascular system, liver detoxification, bloodflow, anti-oxidant status, weight loss thermogenesis and brain and nervous system health.
If you are allergic to caffeine then there would be no safe way to take Green Tea. Even the decaffeinated forms of Green Tea still contain very small amounts of caffeine. It would be more advisable to find alternatives to Green Tea such as other herbs that are rich in anti-oxidants and can be taken as a Tisane (infused in water) if desired.
The Powermeal diet is a diet for cardiovascular health and centres on using foods to promote circulation and increase anti-oxidants. Foods which this diet includes are fish, berries, dark chocolate, red wine, garlic, almonds and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
If you are requiring Green Tea for the anti-oxidant effects thenthe following alternatives (and their antioxidant constituent) may be beneficial for you: