The Japanese custom of drinking green tea came from China about 800 AD. Monks who went to China to study Buddhism, returned to Japan bringing tea with them as a medicinal beverage. In the Kamakura era (1191-1333) the monk Eisai stressed the beneficial effects of tea in his book Maintaining health by drinking tea (1211).Tea has a miraculous power to prolong life. In recent research into green tea, results show its potential power in preventing disease.
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