Green, Black and White Tea Health Benefits
Tea can provide over 15% of the minimum daily requirement of Calcium, 10% of Folic Acid and 45% of Manganese (for healthy bones)
"Real Tea" Green, Black, White and Oolong teas are derived from a plant native to China and India called Camellia Sinensis. These teas contain unique antioxidants which can help prevent cancer, heart disease and clogged arteries.
Real teas also contain caffein and theanine which heightens mental alertness.
Teas which are more processed, such as black teas which are odorized and fermented contain lower amounts of polyphenol which some believe make them less noteworthy in regard to health benefits, however they still have high antioxidizing power.
Green Tea Health Benefits
Green tea has a high concentration of EGCG. Green tea leaves are steamed rather than fermented. Health benefits of green tea have been researched and show positive benefits to prevent the growth of cancers in the breast, bladder, lungs, stomach, pancreatic and colorectal areas.
Green tea is also credited with contributing to weight loss by burning fat, prevent clogging of the arteries, and to counteract stress on the brain. Green tea may reduce the risk of alzheimers, parkinsons and stroke and improve cholersterol levels.
My favourite drink is a green tea latte - made with milk or soy - mix matcha with hot water and add boiling or steamed milk. Sweeten with vanilla syrup or honey. If you purchase the latte at Starbucks ask them to make it "the old way" and tell them to mix the matcha with hot water before adding the milk or soy.
Black Tea forms the Base for many Flavoured Teas
Black Tea - Health Benefits
Black tea has the highest caffeine content in the "real tea" family. Black tea is made with fermented tea leaves and is the base for many flavoured teas such as Earl Grey, English Breakfast and Chai. Black tea is commonly used as an instant tea in tea bags and known as Orange Pekoe.
Studies of the health benefits of black tea show that it reduces the risk of stroke and may protect the lungs from damage casued by exposure to cigarette smoke. As well as increasing mental alertness, black tea can have a calming effect after shock or crisis.
White Tea - Health Benefits
White tea is neither cured or fermented. Thus white tea has the highest level of potent cancer fighting properties compared to more processed teas.
In order to gain the full benefit of white tea it is important to use loose leaves and steep in hot, not boiling, water. Powdered white tea which is used in bags and boiling water carry little if any of the high level of ECGC to fight and assist with preventing the growth of cancer.
- White Tea Information, Photos and Articles
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Oolong Tea - Health Benefits
Research studies suggest that Oolong tea is helpful in lowering cohlestrol levels.
Wuyi, is a variety of Oolong that has been associated with weight loss; so far there is no scientific evidence to back this up.
How to Make Chai Tea
Whilst you can buy a pre-mixed chai, creating a chai at home with spices is simple and you will get a more flavourful and better tasting cup using fresher black tea leaves.
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- Combine milk and water in a pan, add tea leaves and spices. You can put the tea and spices into a muslin bag or just loose in the pan. Stir and heat until just boiled. Simmer for about two minutes.
- Place 1tsp of honey into two mugs and pour - either remove muslin bags or through a tea strainer - the heated mixture. Stir and serve.
- 2 tsp quality black tea, (unflavoured)
- 1 tsp All spice
- 1 1/2 cup milk or soy
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp or 2 whole cloves
- 1 stick or 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp or 2 cloves cardamom, (green)
- 2 tsp liquid honey
And finally a nice cheerful song to listen to with your tea!
- Tea Song - YouTube
A song about Tea. By Irish band The McGetigans. We like tea! http://www.mcgetigans.com http://www.facebook.com/McGetigans