Organic Green Tea Leaf PE 2/1

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Camellia Sinensis (L) Kuntze

  1. #Properties#

    Properties of green tea

    Originally from Asian forests, the Camellia sinensis tea plant is a shrub that gave rise to a drink, tea, from the 3rd century. This plant grew more precisely in the south-east of the Tibetan plateau, i.e. in south-west China, north of Myanmar and Thailand, and north-west of India. Its leaves and buds had already been used by local people for millennia for its medicinal properties. Cultivated later in China, the green tea boom reached its peak during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

    In addition to the use of tea leaves for its healing properties, there is a cultural tradition relating to the manufacture of tea and its consumption, as related in certain ancient works. Tea was then imported to Japan and Korea, then in the 17th century to Europe through Dutch traders. Refinement linked to the tea ceremony, its manufacture and the gardens is thus illustrated in Japan based on Chinese know-how. Preparing, infusing and serving tea are all precise and codified gestures representative of the culture of these countries.

    Since then, the drink from the tea plant has become the most consumed drink in the world after water. The particularity of green tea is to be produced as soon as the leaves are picked so that they do not oxidise, unlike black tea, whose leaves are fermented to oxidise the polyphenols and thus form another category of aromas. This is the reason why the aromas of green tea are close to the smell of fresh leaves. New manufacturing methods have made it possible, for example, to develop powdered tea called matcha, which is very popular today, particularly for its many properties.

    Green tea contains caffeine, theobromine and theophylline from methylxanthines. These xanthines have stimulating properties for the central nervous system which act both on the physical and intellectual nature: stimulation of mental capacities and toning of the body with better adaptation in the event of stress. Green tea extracts promote general well-being and in particular the reactions of the body in the event of intense physical activity, which makes it an excellent nutraceutical ingredient. Athletes will find green tea to be a health and performance ally that helps to fight against reduced energy and fatigue.

    Green tea, a very rich source of polyphenols, also contains vitamins A, C and E. Catechins, including epigallocatechin are derived from these polyphenols as well as phenolic acids and gallic tannins. These tannins have softening and astringent properties. In order to suppress the polyphenol oxidase enzymes responsible for epigallocatechin degradation, young green tea leaves are treated with water vapour. The presence of polyphenols gives green tea strong antiradical, antiviral and antidiarrheal properties. In addition to cell protection, the antioxidant activity of green tea contributes to the health maintenance of the whole body and the prevention of cognitive decline.

    Drinking green tea helps improve memory, concentration abilities and strengthens the immune system. Many studies indeed tend to prove that green tea extracts have the ability to oppose the main stages of the cancerous process. Active substances such as epigallocathechin would have an impact on the evolution of cancer cells.

    Green tea stimulates the body's defenses against free radicals and oxidative pollution, and also promotes good metabolism and the elimination of fat thanks to its caffeine. Its absorption helps maintain good heart health, good cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Concentrated in fluoride, camellia sinensis reduces developing cavities and the action of certain bacteria while strengthening tooth enamel.

    In China, the process that heats the leaves requires a metal tank; thanks to the dry heat, the floral scents are preserved and give the tea a plant distinctiveness. Among the main green teas and the many cultivars, the best-known varieties are Green Darjeeling, Green Assam, Bancha, Sencha or Gun Powder. In Japan, where desiccation is steam processed, 70% of production concerns Sencha-type teas. Their aromas are similar to green vegetables and are enhanced by characteristic iodised marine notes.

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  2. #Species and parts used#

    Species and parts of green tea used

    In order to preserve all the quality of our camellia sinensis ingredient, our green tea is made from young leaves picked quickly and then ground. This results in very small pieces of leaves, called "fannings".

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  3. #Origin & quality#

    Origin and quality of green tea

    At Natural Origins, we have developed a wide range of green teas from Asia and Africa, which are all health focused references. Our green teas are part of the line of nutraceutical ingredients intended to fight against fatigue, promote well-being and help maintain energy in the body. Mostly of organic origin, our natural ingredients also come in dispersible form in Optifine powder suitable for drinks and in whole or cut leaves for your teas and infusions.

    Below are our "green tea” references available in our catalogue:

    Life Science & Nutrition:

    - Green Tea Leaf Fanning
    - Green Tea Leaf Powder 300µm 2% Caffeine
    - Green Tea Leaf PE 40% enriched in Caffeine
    - Organic Green Tea Leaf PE 2/1
    - Organic Green Tea Leaf PE 4/1

    Food & Beverage:

    - Organic Green Tea Leaf Optifine Powder Heat Treated
    - Green Tea Leaf PE 10% enriched in Caffeine CWS

    Herbal & Teas:

    - Organic Green Tea Matcha Leaf Powder (Japan)
    - Organic Hunan Green Tea Leaf Whole
    - Organic Sencha Arata Green Tea Leaf Whole
    - Organic Fair For Life Sencha Green Tea Leaf Whole
    - Organic Darjeeling Green Tea Leaf Whole
    - Organic Green Tea Leaf Whole OP1 (Rwanda)
    - Organic Green Tea Leaf Broken FBOPF (Rwanda)
    - Organic Chun Mee Green Tea Broken Leaf
    - Organic Green Tea Leaf Gunpowder
    - Organic Green Tea Leaf Fanning

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  4. #Country of origin#

    Country of origin of Natural Origins' green tea

    Our different green teas come from China, Japan, India and Rwanda.

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  5. #Harvest period#

    Green tea harvest time

    April to November

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  6. #Best availability period at Natural Origins#

    Optimal availability period of green tea at Natural Origins


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