Green Tea belongs to the Theaceae plant family. Originally, green tea was found in South China, Assam and Cambodia but today it is grown in plantations in India, Ceylon, Indonesia, Japan, East Africa, South America, in parts of Turkey, Pakistan and Iran. New pharmacological experiments have shown that tannins from green tea leaves have anti-microbial, antiinflammatory and radical scavenging characteristics. Green tea extracts are said to inhibit the formation of plaque in that they interfere with the metabolism of Streptococcus mutans.
The main components of green tea are caffeine, tannins, flavonoids (e.g. rutin, quercitrin), gallic acid, saponins and carotinoids. The tannin content of green tea leaves is said to be between 10 and 25 % and consist mainly of (+) catechin, (-) epicatechin, (-)
epigallocatechin and (+) gallocatechin. It has higher concentration of polyphenols than black tea, which produces an anti-aging action. It is rich in vitamin A, C and E, both antioxidants, and for this reason is used as an ingredient in creams, lotions, shampoos and perfumes. It is used in firming and cellulite, rejuvenating and specific creams, to reduce the traces of time in the eye area, It has anti-inflammatory, astringent and toning properties. Excellent cell regenerative and protective.