Essential for our well-being, vitamin C is the key to our energy, our good mood, to avoid the autumn cold and for our health in general. But you need to know where to find it. Because yes, vitamin C is not only found in oranges. This vitamin, essential to our immune system and our body, is present in many other foods. Pesto, peppers, acerola, guava... What about green tea? In addition to its many benefits, does green tea contain vitamin C? Can a cup of green tea really contribute to our daily vitamin C intake? Kusmi tells you everything.
What do green tea leaves contain?
Let's talk about composition. Green tea is a drink with health benefits, but what exactly does it contain?
Theine, a natural stimulant
Green tea contains theine, of course. Different in some respects from caffeine, theine is responsible for the stimulating effect of tea.
Antioxidants, with unsuspected benefits
Green tea also contains antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavonoids and catechins (EGCG). If all these words sound complicated, you should know that they are good for you. The polyphenol content of green tea gives it several beneficial properties. These active ingredients are known for their antioxidant effects but also for their role on our immune system. They effectively promote immunity against foreign pathogens. On the other hand, it protects the body's tissues and cells against oxidative damage and helps to fight against the action of free radicals and the development of certain diseases. Finally, it is also a support for our metabolism.
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Vitamins, with multiple benefits
Finally, green tea leaves contain vitamins such as vitamin C, but also vitamin P, B vitamins and minerals such as potassium and fluoride.
Do green tea leaves really contain vitamin C?
Is green tea vitaminized? The answer is yes, green tea leaves contain vitamin C. However, the benefits and active ingredients of vitamin C are completely lost when it is brewed in water above 30°C. This will be the case for all green teas, even matcha. Natural green tea cannot therefore claim to contain any vitamin C. Furthermore, plain green teas cannot be considered a primary source of vitamin C because of the small amount they naturally contain (unlike other foods).
But that's without counting on the Kusmi innovation!
Matcha tea powder, also rich in vitamin C
What about matcha tea powder? If the "matcha mania" is not calmed down, it is because matcha powder from Japan is well known for its numerous virtues (detox, calming and antioxidant) and its very greedy taste. We like to think that matcha is different because it is powdered, but the properties of matcha are similar to those of green tea. In fact, matcha powder also contains vitamin C. Like green tea, the vitamin C in matcha loses its effectiveness in heated water. To get the most out of its benefits, we therefore opt for cold or iced tea. Remember that a matcha tea prepared according to the rules of the art is mixed in simmering water and vigorously beaten with the traditional bamboo whisk. Yes, even for iced matcha.
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What about black tea?
Well, no, it's green tea that wins the battle for the highest vitamin C content. Why is that?
Because it is not fermented! Black tea leaves have other properties, but not this one.
Discover RITUAL 28 Days Immune Defense, Kusmi Tea's new organic green tea, a natural source of vitamin C.
Kusmi pushes the limits of inventiveness with Rituel Défenses Immunitaires, a vitamin-enriched organic green tea naturally enriched with acerola, one of the richest fruits in vitamin C. The principle: for 4 weeks (i.e. 28 days of treatment), we enjoy a bag of Sencha green tea naturally enriched with vitamin C and flavoured with orange every day. A pure delight, which our taste buds enjoy while our immune defences are activated!
Why take a 28-day vitamin C course?
For vitamin cures in general, you need to be patient! We believe that 4 weeks is the minimum period to allow the body to assimilate the vitamin. You can of course repeat this vitamin C cure as many times as you like. The key is to be patient over time.
Keep in mind that this vitamin C cure must be accompanied by a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet. Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables, so consume 5 to 6 a day. By now you know the drill. Our vitamin tea will simply be the icing on the cake of your diet.
All about vitamin C
We came up with a green tea naturally enriched with vitamin C because we know how essential vitamin C is to our well-being and health. Humans only produce a small amount of vitamin C. So we can rely on food to supplement our daily needs. The National Food Safety Agency recommends an intake of 110 mg/day of vitamin C for an adult. An insufficient intake of vitamin C can lead to fatigue on a daily basis. In addition to preventing sluggishness, vitamin C consumption is essential for the proper functioning of our immune system and our body. A boosted immune system helps us to avoid cold spells in winter. Vitamin C also facilitates the absorption of iron by the body. However, beware of this commonly accepted information, for which the empirical evidence is contradictory.
We tell you all about the role of vitamin C in our last article.
Other foods rich in vitamin C
Did you know that oranges do not have a monopoly on vitamin C? Yes, vitamin C is found in many foods such as fruits and vegetables. Among the 20 best sources of vitamin C are: guava, peppers, papaya, kiwi, broccoli, strawberries... Our favourite? Acerola, one of the richest fruits in vitamin C. The acerola is a shrub native to the tropical areas of the Caribbean, whose small red berries have the good taste of being both acidic and rich in vitamin C. And they are very rich indeed: they contain 30 to 40 times more vitamin C than an orange. Nature does things so well that we can only be inspired by it! Our 28-day Immune Defense vitamin cure is enriched with acerola to help you meet your recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
Are you more of an infusion person? Try the herbal teas with fennel, orange, ginseng, blackcurrant, cinnamon...
Are you convinced by all these benefits? We invite you to try our 28-day ritual made with sencha green tea and acerola. A great way to get a boost in the morning or during the day!