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Green Tea: Nature's Rediscovered Ancient Medicine

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Green Tea: Nature's Rediscovered Ancient Medicine

According to legend, tea originated in China in 2737 B.C. with Emperor Shen Nung, who observed that those who boiled their water before drinking it were bestowed with good health. One day he was boiling water when a gust of wind blew leaves from a tea tree into his pot. He was very pleased with the drinks aroma and taste, and thought the drink to be sent from heaven. Shortly after tea was invented, it found its way to Japan and spread throughout Asia (2). Tea did not make its way to the United States and Europe until about 1650, when it was brought over by the Dutch. At first, tea was only available to the rich and royalty because it was so expensive. Tea leaves were brought to England by the East India Company in 1669, and in 1721, all tea imported to England came under the monopoly of this company. In the 1800's, the price of tea went down as the supply grew due to the "clipper's" who came to London from China with their cargo in a race to get the best prices (2).

It has been about 5,000 years since tea was discovered, yet it still remains as the second most consumed beverage in the world, with water holding the number one position. Green tea has always been and still is the most popular tea in China and Japan. Today, 90% of green tea comes from China, where they devote over 4 million acres to this plant's cultivation (1). In America, black tea accounts for approximately 80-90% of the tea consumed, with green and oolong tea sharing the remainder of the percentage. But, green tea was the top imported tea in the U. S., above black, up until about 1915. It. was also more popular than black tea in Britain until the eighteenth century. Teas have had a huge impact on America, es...

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...erse side effects. Now that we have rediscovered this ancient wonder, we need to grab hold of it and use it to our advantage.

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