7 different types of tea for better health.
I used to drink too much coffee every morning to start each day, which made me spend a lot of money on local coffee store in my town while I still knew about possibly harmful effects of coffee on my health. How stupid I was? But after talking to my friend about the benefits of tea, I made decision to change my habit and stared to drink tea every day. Up to now, I have completely satisfied with that decision. I have had smoother start every day as well as good improvement for my health. Due to this wonderful experience, I want to share with all of you about my tea knowledge.
There are different types of tea which have different origins, processing, or flavor. Learning more about these you can know more about their benefits, the way to enjoy the best flavor of each tea, and how to choose the suitable tea for your taste as well.
Green tea is the most popular tea preferred all over the world. It is made from Camellia sinensis leaves. These are immediately withered and heated to about 200 degrees Celsius to prevent fermentation. Then the tea leaves are shaped and rolled into different shape before being reheated. It contains vital minerals, vitamins and a high concentration of EGCG which has been widely studied because of its benefits to human’s health. According to many studies, it has been proven to possibly aid in everything, it may improve health to weight loss, solve digestive problems, prevent the growth of variety of cancers (bladder, lung, breast, pancreatic, stomach, and colorectal cancers), fight oxidative stress on the brain, prevent clogging of the arteries, reduce risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke as well as improve cholesterol levels. Green tea is also divided into many types based on their processing, flavor or origins. Some of them have mild taste while others are very strong taste. Generally, green tea can be mixed with fruits or scented with flowers to slightly change their flavor as well as add more nutrients to your tea cup.
It is made from a shrub called Camellia Sinesis like green tea, however has a different processing methods. Tea leaves are also withered, rolled and heated as green tea processing, but they are fermented before the last heating process. Machines are popularly used to make tea, but the best black teas are entirely done by hand because machine-processed teas tend to reduce the quality of tea bags. Black tea is one of the highest caffeine teas on the tea market with about 40 milligrams of caffeine per cup. In addition to vital minerals as other teas, black tea also contains theaflavins and thearubigins which help reduce the bad cholesterols in the body. Besides, Studies reported that black tea may prevent lungs from catching damage of cigarette smoke. This also provides drinkers with oral & bone health, better heart, cancer prevention, immune system, increasing energy, and healthy digestive tract. It is suggested consuming without any additives like sugar or milk to harness its benefits in the best way.
This tea has different processing from other because the fermentation process has to be halted as soon as the tea leaves start to change their color to keep a semi-green fermented tea. As green tea, oolong tea contains vital vitamins and minerals such as manganese, calcium, copper, carotin, selenium, and potassium, as well as Vitamin A, B, C, E and K. it also has folic acid, niacin amide which helps detoxify the body and antioxidants. Additionally, caffeine and theophylline are contained in Oolong tea may stimulate nervous system. The health benefits of oolong tea are doubled because it is the qualities combination of black tea and green tea. The strength of the oolong leaves can help reduce cholesterol levels, enhance formation of strong bones, good dental health and healthy skin by offering the essential antioxidants, preserver heart health, and strengthen the immune system. There are various types of tea in this world; however oolong tea may be one of the most beneficial teas. Despite its high caffeine content, it is still extremely relaxing to drink.
White tea is one of nature’s greatest gifts. White tea has the most multi-tasker of teas with the highest antioxidant properties of any tea. As green tea, white tea has catechin compounds which may help fight cardiovascular disease and cancer. In the comparison with other processed teas, it has the most potent anticancer properties. Drinking white tea may reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence for survivors. Besides, this type of tea also provides a lot of numerous healthy benefits such as radiant skin, strong bones, or cholesterol-lowering. This tea is less processed and is the purest among all teas. In the other word, it is made from a leaf which has the least oxidation so it still holds whole natural elements of tea plant. Traditionally, white tea was picked only a few days of the year, when a white down appeared on the tender shoots. The tea shoots are withered then dried to avoid oxidization. Because of the strict processing, it is only used at special occasions.
It is considered as dark tea but made from fermented and aged leaves for several years. Pu’Erh tea leaves are normally compressed into different shapes before being aged. They are exposed to bacteria and microflora that help ferment the tea during the aging process. This process makes the tea’s flavor change and increase in depth over years. The most expensive Pu’erh teas often have a light dusting of mold and longtime of aging process. Pu’erh tea’s taste is usually mellow and earthy, less astringency compared with other types of tea. It is also low in caffeine and good for digestion system, losing weight and reducing cholesterol.
These are made from herbs, seeds, fruits, or roots which are steeped in hot water. In the comparison with green, black, white, and oolong teas, herbal teas generally have lower concentrations of antioxidants. And their various chemical compositions are depended on the plants used. The advantage of these teas is caffeine-free that makes them become an excellent choice for children in particular. Herbals include ginger, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, hibiscus, rosehip, jasmine, mint, rooibos (red tea), echinacea, and chamomile. They don’t contain artificial flavorings therefore drink herbal teas a few times per day can create a healthy internal environment. Some studies reported that these teas can help with colds, nausea, combating the first signs of infection, sleep disorders, indigestion and much other therapeutic ability.
Here are some herbal teas:
- Chamomile tea is made from the flower of the chamomile plants and known as natural remedy with many health benefits. The antioxidants found in chamomile tea can help prevent the growth of cancer cells and diabetes side effects such as nerve damage, loss of vision and kidney damage.
- Lemon ginger tea is an effective remedy against bacterial infections with an active ingredient called zingiber and the immune-boosting compounds. This tea is also proven to kill the bacteria linked to even salmonella!
This tea is made from the twigs and leaves of the yerba mate plant- a native plant of South America. This is the one type of teas which has taste like coffee. It has five times the antioxidant qualities of green tea with many health benefits. It is shown to help with allergies, think more clearly, increased metabolism, alleviate bad breath, digestive disorders and other typical benefits as other teas. However, overdoing it can make you be over-stimulation and feel a bit jittery.
For any natural substance, some certain components also have harmful side effects and tea is no exception. Therefore, you should be careful to choose the high quality tea and avoid not good ingredients such as comfrey, ephedra, lobelia, willow bark, chaparra or germander.
Let enjoy a cup of tea every morning to have comfortable start and have better health improvement.