Originating from a small Asian plant called Camellia Sinensis, tea has been consumed and enjoyed for at least 5,000 years, although its real benefits have only been properly researched in recent times. Rich in antioxidants, it manages to neutralise free radicals, which are by-products of metabolism and can cause damage to cells. Produced in the Azores since 1883 with absolutely no chemicals, Gorreana green tea is a truly important ally for those who are serious about living a long and healthy life.
Find out why in our blog post...
1. Promotes cognitive functions and combats dementia
It was in 2018 that researcher José Batista, PhD in analytical biology, identified in Gorreana green tea a high concentration of a substance that stimulates cognitive processes and can fight degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease. Dr José Batista, who studied dozens of teas from different sources, concluded that tea from the Azores is richer in polyphenols, which help our brain to function better and even improve creativity levels.
Tea, especially green tea, contains catechins that prevent cell degeneration and help the brain produce new neurons. Yes, you read that right, it is possible to produce new neurons. A 2010 study published in the journal Rejuvenation Research found that green tea, especially when combined with blueberries and carnosine, promotes the regeneration of neurons and stem cells in neurodegenerative diseases. It is also responsible for the appearance of new stem cells in our brain.
2. Strengthens the immune system
Several studies confirm that green tea has the ability to positively affect our immune system, making it better able to fight pathological changes. One of the greatest benefits is the fact that it reduces the body's tendency to inflammation, which is especially recommended for people suffering from chronic diseases. Further research on the effect on stem cells has shown that tea can strongly contribute to the correct formation of new blood cells to replace those that are constantly destroyed. Cha Gorreana therefore specifically recommends Hysson & Hortelã Pimenta green tea for a healthier immune system.
3. Reduces blood pressure
High blood pressure is unfortunately a common health problem and contributes to higher rates of heart attacks and strokes. High blood pressure, even though it requires medical supervision and appropriate medication, can be alleviated by consuming green tea. The bioflavonoids contained in Gorreana tea lead to the formation of nitric oxide, which helps to relax the blood vessels, thus preventing serious problems in the future. Gorreana specifically mentions Encosta de Bruma green tea here for better control of your blood pressure.
4. Inhibits some types of cancer
Several studies indicate that tea is a natural inhibitor of some cancers, namely those of the respiratory tract, digestive tract and skin. Tea prevents the development of cancer cells by obstructing the blood supply to the tumour and promoting the self-destruction of the cancer cells. The high concentration of polyphenols, more specifically flavonoids, makes Gorreana tea a powerful ally in maintaining a healthy diet and a cancer-free life.
5. Helps to regenerate the skin
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the antioxidants contained in green tea reduce the formation of free radicals, which are mainly responsible for premature ageing. The antioxidants in Gorreana green tea, additionally help to reduce the effects of age, such as spots on the skin (discolouration), dryness, sagging or lack of elasticity and the resulting formation of wrinkles.
6. Promotes longevity
In summary, Japan, as widely reported, is one of the places in the world where average life expectancy is the highest and where green tea is present in the daily life of the population. Combined with a diet rich in vegetables, seaweed, rice and fish, green tea plays a crucial role in the quality of life of the Japanese, who drink it in the morning, during and after meals and even during breaks at work. With the power to stimulate alpha brain waves and calm the body due to a component called tannin, tea has the power to relieve stress and helps those who drink it feel calm, a fundamental requirement for a long life. Maybe it's time to swap one of your daily coffees for a cup of Gorreana green tea...
Source of information & photos: Cha Gorreana