Tea: Discover The World Of Tea
Care for a Tea?
Camilla sinensis or the tea plant, when it is cured and processed, produces tea that we all enjoy drinking. Tea is the second most consumed beverage after water with its cooling and slightly bitter taste. The plant is originally grown in East Asia but as of today, it is already cultivated in all parts of Asia and some parts of Africa and the Middle East. The most common tea types are the white, green, black, oolong although there are other types such as the post fermented teas.
White tea is the least common among the types of tea, which usually tastes like fresh leaves. They have the lowest caffeine content but when it comes to antioxidant properties, white teas are the highest bearers. Its name came from its buds which are whitish in appearance.
Obviously, the yellow tea is yellow in appearance and the aroma can be distinguished from the green and white tea. When mixed with other herbs, the smell can be mistaken for black tea although the taste can still be distinguished from that of white and green teas.
Under minimal oxidation, this tea is made purely from the unfermented leaves of the camellia sinensis or tea plant and is reported to have the highest antioxidant content (polyphenols). In terms of traditional medicine, green tea has been used for promoting digestion, improving the heart’s health, treating flatulence, working as a stimulant and promoting urine excretion.
The taste of oolong can depend on the way it is grown and the style of its production. Oolong can smell like that of honey, with a sweet and fruity flavor or roasted with thick taste. The leaves are just partially fermented and not fully oxidized, unlike the black tea.
Unlike the other types of tea, black tea is more oxidized during the processing. It has a stronger taste and more caffeine content.
Post fermented tea
They are green teas which are allowed to ferment over months or years to result in post fermented teas. They can be aged for further years to improve the taste.
Benefits You Can Get from Drinking Tea
The antioxidants found in tea which are the polyphenols are discovered to help fight cancer. The polyphenols help protect the cells from oxidative stress which can damage cells in the body, leading to cancer and heart disease. Polyphenols also help stimulate immune system, lower the cholesterol level, and prevent blood clot. Aside from this, the antioxidants are also shown to help fight allergies. Antioxidants found in green tea block biochemical processes resulting to allergic reactions. The catechins found in a green tea may help slow cartilage breakdown and reduce the inflammation on arthritis patients. Flavonoids in teas may promote bone strength as tea drinkers have higher bone mineral densities than those who do not drink tea that much. Teas also have vitamins and minerals including theanine and methylxanthines which also brings health benefits to those who drink teas. These vitamins and minerals help delay the aging process, fight high blood pressure and improve the digestive and excretory functions. So, why don’t you grab a cup of tea now to enjoy both its taste and its benefits?
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