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10 wonders of green tea backed by science

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that have many health benefits:

Contains healthy bioactive compounds

Green tea is loaded with polyphenol antioxidants, including a catechin called EGCG. These compounds provide many of the medicinal benefits of tea supporting good health.

Increases fat burning

Green tea can boost your metabolic rate and increase fat burning in the short term though the evidence isn’t conclusive.

Antioxidants may lower the risk of some cancers

Green tea has powerful antioxidants that may protect against cancer. Multiple studies have shown that those that consume green tea have a lower risk of various types of cancer.

May improve brain function

Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee but enough to produce an effect. It also contains L-theanine which can work with caffeine to improve brain function.

May protect the brain from aging

The bioactive compounds of green tea can have protective effects on the brain reducing the risk of dementia.

May help you lose weight

Some studies show that green tea may lead to increased weight loss. It may be particularly effective at reducing abdominal fat.

May help prevent cardiovascular disease

Green tea may lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation.

May help you live longer

Studies show that people who consume green tea may live longer than those who don’t.

May lower the risk of type II diabetes

Some studies have shown that green tea may cause mild reduction in blood sugar levels.

May reduce bad breath

The catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth, reducing bad breath.

These benefits have been found to be a result of the range of healthy compounds that are contained in the green tea plant. These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. EGCG is one of the most powerful compounds in green tea. It appears to be one of the main compounds that give green tea its medicinal properties.

Laphet culture

Laphet is made from picking the young leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. After picking the tea leaves are put through a steaming process. The tea leaves are then packed into clay pots and pressed by heavy weights. The Tea leaves are well fermented by naturally forming microbes, the fermentation process can take up to six months.

Growing up in Burma (now known as Myanmar), a cherished childhood memory of mine is eating the traditional tea leaf salad known locally as ‘laphet thoke’. A freshly made salad consisting of tomato, shredded cabbage, corn & lettuce that is garnished with fermented tea leaves, a squeeze of lime and topped with crunchy nuts. It is a very healthy, tasty and colourful salad.

The traditional tea leaf salad known locally in Burma as ‘laphet thoke’ is a freshly made salad consisting of tomato, shredded cabbage, corn & lettuce that is garnished with pickled tea leaves, garlic, chilli, a squeeze of lime and topped with crunchy nuts and sesame seeds. It is a very healthy, tasty and colourful salad. It is a local custom to offer Laphet thoke to visitors and it is a gesture of generosity, warmth and good health.

The star of this salad is the pickled tea leaves which are grown and prepared in a centuries old process in Burma. Laphet is made from picking the young leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant (Tea plant).

After picking, the tea leaves are put through a steaming process. The tea leaves are then packed into clay pots and pressed by heavy weights. The Tea leaves are then well fermented by naturally forming microbes, the fermentation process can take up to six months. This process is unique to the temperate highlands of Burma where tea is grown and has remained unchanged for centuries.  The pickled tea leaves are widely eaten in Burma in the ‘laphet thoke’ tea leaf salad and you won’t find a home that doesn’t have it to share with family and friends. We have sourced our pickled tea from this region to ensure high quality and an authentic flavour. By formulating our tea dressing we have made the world’s first pickled tea dressing that can allow you to experience the authentic taste in an easy to use way.