Wellness Hub November 2017 Nutrition Green Tea and its antioxidant properties Olivia O'Donahoo (Admin) November 16, 2017 Share Tea has been a popular beverage for thousands of years and was originally grown in China, dating back 5000 years. Green tea and the partially fermented oolong tea have remained popular beverages in Asia since that time, whereas black tea is the preferred beverage in many English-speaking countries. Second to water, tea is now considered to be the world’s most popular beverage. How green tea is made Green tea and black tea are processed differently. Like black tea and oolong tea, green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, but differ in polyphenol content based on the way the leaves are processed. Black tea is made from oxidised leaves, whereas oolong tea is made from partially oxidised leaves and green tea leaves are not oxidised at all. Polyphenol content is chiefly responsible for antioxidant property of green tea. Benefits of green tea Green tea is well known for its high concentration of antioxidants. External factors such as continued UV sun exposure and pollution can contribute to free radical damage, leading to premature, photoaged skin. The antioxidants help safeguard against the effects of free radicals. Now you know why to take enough brewed green tea. You may consider supplementing with our new beauty product Swisse Ultiboost Age Protect. Swisse Ultiboost Age Protect contains a unique combination of botanicals, cocoa and green tea, along with alpha lipoic acid and co-enzyme Q10, which function as antioxidants. So, now you know to not miss out on a sip or two of this healthy green goodness. Is green tea now your cup of tea? Always read the label. Use only as directed. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.