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5 terms to know: tea

Camillia sinensis
The plant from which all true tea leaves come from. Herbal “tea” is not derived from this plant.

A technique in which freshly plucked tea leaves are spread flat to air dry, making them pliable, lighter and ready for processing.

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)
The antioxidant in tea that prevents cancer cells from growing by binding to an enzyme that is the same target for cancer drugs, according to some researchers.

An amino acid in green tea that may have a calming effect on the mind and promote relaxation.

This antioxidant-packed tea derives its full-bodied flavor from months, or even years, of aging. The tea is often classified by year and region like wine.

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