Free radicals are naturally present in the body and help our immune system by neutralising viruses and bacteria. However, environmental factors such as pollution, cigarette smoke and herbicides can lead to our body containing an excessive level, which can then damage our healthy cells.
Antioxidants are needed to help prevent the free radicals destructive behaviour on our cells. As soon as free radicals are created, they are checked by antioxidant enzymes in our body and dealt with. When the ratio of free radicals becomes too high for our enzymes or antioxidant nutrients to deal with, health problems arise. It is important to remember that free radical damage will also accumulate with age.
As well as being found in fruit and vegetables, high levels of antioxidants are also found in green tea. Green tea contains a potent polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
Anxiety and stress
Drinking as little as 3 cups per day can have a positive effect on your body and mind and contributes to your daily fluid intake. With so many different types to choose from we hope everyone is able to find a flavour to suit their palate and experimenting with the range of varieties is all part of the wonderful experience.
Whilst being overweight can make us feel unattractive on the outside, it is also puts a terrific strain on our body on the inside. Green tea is low in calories. The leaves of the tea plant are thermogenic, which means you can enjoy green tea whilst raising your metabolism but not increasing your heart rate.
A healthy heart
A study in Japan found an average decrease of eight cholesterol levels for men with the highest intake of green tea compared to men that drank the lowest levels.
70% of our body is water and it is important we keep replacing lost fluids throughout the day to optimise the function of all aspects of our bodies. The recommended daily intake of water is 2.5 litres and many people struggle with this. Green and white tea is low in caffeine (20-
Strange as it may seem, the story of Ceylon Tea begins with coffee. The tale begins in the early 1820s, barely five years after the surrender of Kandy, the last surviving indigenously-
Experiments with coffee may already have begun by 1824, when the fifth of Ceylon’s colonial governors, Edward Barnes, arrived in the island, but it was he who first saw in coffee a solution to the colony’s perennial balance-
Barnes’ term of office ended in 1831. By then the coffee ‘enterprise’ (today we would call it an industry) occupied much of the country round Kandy and was spreading southward and upward into the formerly virgin forests of the central hills. Then, in 1838, the abolition of slavery in Jamaica caused the collapse of that country’s coffee industry. The resulting boom in Ceylon coffee opened up much that remained of the hitherto trackless hill country.
Despite setbacks in the late 1840s, the enterprise continued to grow. In the mid-
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To qualify for the special, legal distinction denoted by the words ‘Ceylon Tea’, and for the famous Lion logo that goes with it, the tea must not only be grown and manufactured entirely in Sri Lanka; it must also conform to strict quality standards laid down and administered by the Sri Lanka Tea Board. It cannot, moreover, be mixed or blended with tea from any other part of the world. Even a blend that is 95% Sri Lankan cannot be described as Ceylon Tea.
Tea bearing the Lion Logo must also be packed in Sri Lanka. Overseas importers and distributors cannot use the logo on their packaging, though if the contents are 100% Sri Lankan, the name ‘Ceylon Tea’ may still legally be used. These strictures are needed to help consumers distinguish real Ceylon Tea from the thousands of products, including many with international brand names that are available around the world, which contain tea of mixed, non-
These products are blended from whatever teas are available on the international markets. The skill of the blender ensures a consistent product regardless of origin, while the firm enjoys economies of scale and suffers no supply-
The Lion of Ceylon
Indivisibly associated with the Ceylon Tea brand is the famous Lion of Ceylon logo, found only on packages of pure Ceylon tea packed in Sri Lanka prior to export. The logo is based on the Lion of Ceylon, an ancient heraldic device which decorates the national flag of Sri Lanka. It was first adopted by the Tea Propaganda Board, one of the precursors of the present Tea Board, and is a registered trademark in over a hundred countries around the world.