Quality Tea and Health

Quality is the key word for health benefits from tea.

This is because only organic tea of fine quality and good origin contribute health contents.

Such as our selection, China’s
best green tea
West lake Longjing. It tastes refreshingly sweet and smooth, instead of roughly bitter. The refreshing taste comes from its high content of amino acids,
vitamins C, E and P, and several types of B vitamin. It explains why low quality green teas taste bitter, rough or pale: lack of amino acids and vitamins.

Amino acids are of great importance in improving the human brain condition, especially its nerve system. Medical research shows that tea amino acids help increase the amount of the dopamine transmitter released. Lack of dopamine in the human brain leads to Parkinson’s disease, as discovered by Arvid Carlsson, the year 2000 Nobel Laureate in Medicine.

Tea amino acids also give balance to the caffeine effect in tea, by increasing the strength of a-waves in the human brain. a-waves affect the brain to relax and remain at ease. That is why one feels happier and more relaxed with a cup of good tea. The natural combination of amino acids, vitamins and polyphenols in tea makes the caffeine effect in tea milder than caffeine in coffee.

A key piece of knowledge is: amino acids and vitamins mainly exist in the spring buds and first leaves; also the spring harvest is better than the summer one. West Lake Longjing tea farmers have a saying, “3 days earlier harvest is a treasure; 3 days later harvest is grass”. It vividly expresses the secret: early spring buds define the quality!
A second key knowledge
code is origin. Amino
acids found in top-end spring buds and leaves easily become decomposed in the sunshine. In Japan, a common method to increase tea amino acids is to provide the tea plant with shadow. The West Lake Longjing origin micro-
environment is created by having the tea plantations scattered among mountains and generously covered by varieties of high sub-
tropical trees, which shield the tea plants from direct sunshine. This defused light, plus the micro foggy climate, provides the tea spring buds with a considerably longer growth period. Thus West Lake Longjing tea spring buds appear stronger and bigger, reaching out longer than the leaves. This feature has become a shortcut method of identifying original
West Lake Longjing from other fake teas.