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The Medical Benefits of Tea

Updated on February 22, 2015

Various types of teas such as green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea and pu-erh tea are produced from a plant called camellia sinensis. These teas are known as true teas. The camellia sinensis plant is indigenous of China and India. This plant is best known for its antioxidant properties called flavonoids. The flavonoids in the plant help fight against free radicals which lead to cancer, congested arteries and heart disease. Also contained in teas, particularly green tea, are theanine and caffeine. This natural combination greatly enhances the ability of the other. I know many of you might be relating caffeine to coffee, which is a reasonable comparison, but tea has far less caffeine than coffee and leaves your mind in a state of calmness. To the avid coffee drinker develop side effects such as the jitters. Let us look at two types of tea. Black tea has a longer process of oxidation and drying which gives black tea its colour. Black tea is mostly used to improve mental alertness, learning and language skills. There is always that fear of one having cavities or having a tooth that decays, but according to the Tea Trade Health Research Association, black tea contains polyphenols which restrict bacteria growth that result in cavities and plaque build up in the mouth. The polyphenols in black tea help prevent damage to DNA from chemicals that are toxic which we encounter day to day. Black tea also contains alkylamine antigens that help strengthen the immune system. The tannins found in black tea ward of viruses and provide protection from them as well. Tannins act as a therapeutic remedy to those experiencing gastric and intestinal discomforts from illnesses.

Camellia Sinensis Plant

Green tea undergoes a process called pan-firing, rolling and drying after it is gathered. This process insures that most of its antioxidants properties are retained. Green tea also contains the versatile compound polyphenol which increases metabolism, therefore oxidizing fat and increasing the rate food is metabolized in the body. Diabetes plague many persons in society, those who drink green tea found that it serves as a regulating agent and decreases the rise of blood sugar levels after meals. Drinking green tea reduces bad cholesterol (LDL). Bad cholesterol (LDL) tend to cause blockage of arteries by collecting in the wall of blood vessels. Green tea acts as a balancing agent by greatly decreasing bad cholesterol. Through studies, scientists believe that green tea help relax blood vessels, enabling them to adjust to change in blood pressure therefore protecting the heart against clogs which is the number one cause of heart attacks, Green tea has also been known to slow down the deterioration of brain cells in ALzheimer and Parkinson disease in patients by protecting and restoring damaged brain cells. Green tea contains an important chemical antioxidant called catechin which act as a deterrent to bacteria and viruses that may lead to throat infections and other dental problems. According to studies, this antiviral and antibacterial chemical also acts as a treatment for influenza and other viruses.If you are looking for that beautiful, younger looking skin, green tea is the perfect remedy to assist you with that. Green tea helps with wrinkles and aging of the skin. Studies proved that green tea applied to the skin prevents sun damage.

All tea derived from the camellia sinensis plant share the same properties and benefits, but black tea and green tea are more popular worldwide. It is now evident that tea is good for you because of its protective properties and health benefits.

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