Legend states that the person who first discovered the countless benefits of green tea was the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung. It is said that the emperor was trying to boil some water when leaves from a nearby plant fell into his cauldron. The result was a highly aromatic and beneficial herbal drink that became known as green tea. For 4,000 years, green tea was a staple drink among Asians. When the beverage finally made its grand crossover in the Western shores, it was found that green tea holds even more benefits for its drinkers.