Dr. De Rinaldis has a degree in Naturopathy and specializes in phyto-complements. He deals with alternative medicine , massages , naturopathic body / face treatments in his studio " The three joys of the sun " (LE). This article illustrates the properties of tea leaves.

tea is consumed thanks to its antioxidant , antiviral , astringent and antidiarrheal properties. The presence of antioxidants prevents tumural forms by fighting free radicals.

Also used for slimming diets and to facilitate digestion after meals.

Green tea , in addition to being a fresh , tasty and precious drink, is also an infusion with countless healing qualities.

Green tea ( Camellia sinensis ) belongs to the Theaceae family, and was born in China in 2700 BC, and soon spread to various Asian regions where it is used as a " healthy drink "; today it is a drink widespread all over the world and produced in several countries.

Its healing qualities derive from the properties present in the leaves of the plant which are then transferred into the drink following careful preparation.

The leaves of the Cammellia sinensis plant are collected and dried , not fermented, in such a way as to preserve all their properties , including their particular green color which then gives the infusion the main characteristic hence the name.

To prepare the infusion it is advisable to follow some precautions in order not to disperse the active ingredients preserved in the leaves; therefore it is advisable to heat water to a temperature below 80 ° C , it is strongly not recommended to bring it to a boil. At this point, pour the water into a cup and add 2-2.5 grams of leaves. Leave to infuse for no more than 90 seconds; remove the leaves with a filter and our drink is ready.

It would be wise for us Westerners, to fully enjoy its benefits, to supplement our daily diet with 2-3 cups of green tea a day , and if you want to follow the oriental tradition it would be better to drink it when the sun is low on the horizon , ie at sunrise and sunset, it could also be a substitute for coffee , but not recommended during meals.

As mentioned, green tea leaves contain several compounds including: flavonoids , polysaccharides , tannins , vitamins and polyphenols .

The polyphenols in tea are known as catechins , these catechins form powerful antioxidant agents , and play an important role in protecting the body and in countering oxidative stress and help protect cardiovascular activity .

Furthermore, it is scientifically proven that the consumption of green tea is protective in tumors with liver , ovarian , endometrial , esophageal and gastric localization. And finally, green tea is a good anti- inflammatory , activator of thermogenesis , antidisbiotic , hypoglycemic , excellent for intestinal dysbiosis and irritable colon , rebalancing of Qi, useful for physical and mental fatigue.

Therefore this infusion can be consumed by everyone without any risk , even if, in case of excessive use, the caffeine contained, albeit to a lesser extent than other teas, can cause in some sensitive subject nervousness and insomnia , or limit the absorption . of iron by the body. However, during the day, let us not miss 2 or 3 cups of this millenary "healthy drink".

In cosmetics, tea has anti-aging and antioxidant properties that delay skin aging by improving the radiance and texture of the skin. The presence of theophiline favors the drainage of liquids, while tannins play a purifying role. For these reasons, the tea leaves have been used for the formulation of the shower gel , further enriched with Aloe and Currant.