Amazing World of Tea
For centuries..Tea has been thought of as the key to Health, Wisdom and Happiness. 🙂
Studies are finding that various types of Tea may help with heart disease, diabetes, weight loss and high cholesterol. There doesn’t really seem to be a downside to Tea except for “weight loss” teas. Dieter’s teas can contain senna, and other plant derived laxatives. Excessive use of these particular teas can lead to bowel issues and possibly kidney and liver damage. Be extremely cautious if you choose to drink a dieter’s tea.
Let’s take a look at the varieties…..
Green, Black, White, Oolong and Pu-erh tea are all derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant. This shrub-like plant is native to China and India. These teas contain flavonoids…unique antioxidants that fight free radicals in your system….contributing to good heart health. All these teas contain caffeine which can improve alertness. The more tea leaves are processed the less flavonoid / polyphenol properties it contains. Black & Oolong tea is fermented or oxidized but still contains a decent boost of polyphenols. Green tea has the highest amount and the benefits of green tea are endless 🙂
- Green Tea – Green tea has the highest level of antioxidants. Green Tea seems to be the most popular type of tea. Green tea can be easily infused with various fruits to create a delicious flavored tea you can enjoy hot or iced. Some studies have shown that Green tea and possibly prevent or slow the progression of Dementia.
- Black Tea – Black tea contains the highest amount of caffeine. Earl Grey is the most recognized black tea.
- White Tea – White tea is the purest and least processed of all teas. White teas have a light flavor and contains the highest amount of anticancer properties.
- Oolong Tea – Oolong tea has a sweet taste. If you’ve ever had tea in a Chinese restaurant…chances are it was Oolong. Oolong tea may help reduce cholesterol.
Herbal teas don’t contain any leaves from the Camellia plant so they are considered “teasan”and don’t contain caffeine. Herbal teas are usually broken up into 3 categories…Rooibos teas…Mate teas..Herbal infusions. Studies and benefits are undocumented for herbal tea. I for one..use herbal teas for a variety of reasons…to help soothe a sore throat…to help calm an upset stomach..the list goes on and on.
- Rooibos Teas – Rooibos tea is usually red in color and is made from a red honey bush found in South Africa. Rooibos can be enjoyed hot or iced. It has a fruity, sweet flavor and is often combined with vanilla or cinnamon. Red teas contain no caffeine and is higher in antioxidants than Green tea.
- Mate Teas – Mate tea is preferred by coffee drinkers because it tastes just like coffee!! Mate tea is made from the twigs and leaves of a Yerba Mate plant.
- Herbal or Blooming Teas – Blooming Teas are hand crafted by tea artisans. These teas “bloom” while they seep..usually in a pot rather than a cup.
Teas are a wonderful alternative…they have pleasant and appealing flavors….and can provide you with a few moments of ahhhhh 🙂
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