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green tea (Camellia sinensis)
Photo: green tea (Camellia sinensis) Leaves from the plant Camellia sinensis that have been steamed and dried without fermenting.

To remain "green tea", they must have undergone minimal oxidation during processing.

Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a type of catechin. Green tea also contains carotenoids, tocopherols, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), minerals such as chromium, manganese, selenium or zinc, and certain phytochemical compounds.

(Also see the broader category: tea.)



WARNING: The tea plant is highly sensitive to (and readily absorbs) environmental pollutants.
  • Green tea can interfere with the body's ability to utilize the anti-cancer drug bortezomib through the phenolic compounds.
  • Green tea may also interfere with the use of anti-coagulants (blood thinners).
  • Some teas have been found to contain very high levels of fluorine, particularly pu'er brick tea, as it is generally made from lesser quality older tea leaves and stems, which accumulate fluorine.

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