Drinking Longjing tea has been in practice for thousands of years, but it has only recently begun to spread to other parts of the world.
What is Longjing Tea?
Longjing tea is a variety of green tea that is commonly called ‘Dragon Well tea’ and is prepared by hand by heating in large pans or woks. This type of green tea is roasted soon after being picked, which stops the oxidation process, similar to most other green tea varieties. By stopping the oxidation process, this type of tea is able to retain a very high concentration of antioxidants, catechins, and other polyphenolic compounds. This highly sought-after tea has a surprisingly high level of caffeine, almost the same as a cup of coffee, but there are other active ingredients that can simultaneously soothe the body. This specialty tea has a mildly astringent taste, similar to other green teas, but it is light yellow in color, rather than the yellow-green color of most other similar teas.
Longjing Tea Benefits
The top benefits of this tea include its effect on the following:
With a high concentration of catechins and polyphenolic compounds, this tea can lower your risk of various cancers.
Stress and Anxiety
The theanine found in this specialty tea is a known sedative substance, helping to counter the stimulant effects of the caffeine in the tea.
This tea is known to lower blood pressure and help the body keep cholesterol levels under control, thus preventing atherosclerosis and lowering your risk of heart attack, stroke, and coronary heart disease.
by John Staughton last updated – December 10, 2018