Tea Total- Benefits of Tea
The quintessential English drink-
As the weather begins to get colder I find myself drinking more tea- It was only recently when i actually sat back and asked myself ‘Is tea good for me?’ ‘What is tea?’ ‘Does it matter what tea i drink?’
Tea is made by simpy pouring boiling water over dried leaves. Despite the hundreds of types available on the shelves today- for a tea to be a ‘real tea’ it must come from the Camelia Sinensis plant. As with wine the end product is affected by temperature, climate, soil and altitude. The harvesting process, fermenting and roasting process also affects the type produced.
White, black, green or oolong tea are all harvested from the Camelia Sinensis plant, but are processed diffrenetly to attain different levels of oxidation.
Tea-Total Benefits of Tea
So is it good for us and which is best?
Tea when consumed (without milk and sugar) is a healthy, low calorie drink that can help promote good health and aid weight loss.
Whichever you do choose their are some basic health benefits provided by all. These are :
- Despite the fact that most contain some level of caffeine it is still a good choice when looking to keep the body hydrated-
- All are full of antioxidants which are known to help protect against all types of cancer. (for example one study has shown that regular female tea drinkers have a much lower risk of developing ovarian cancer than their non tea drinkning counterparts)
- Research has shown a correlation between regular tea drinkers and lower blood pressure
- Tea drinking has also been linked to reducing your risk of developing Strokes, Parkinson’s, Diabetes and Kidney Stones.
- It has also shown to help blood flow around the body- by widening key artieries it can help prevent clots and therefore help prevent your risk of heart disease
- It is a great source of flouride- which can help boost your tooth enamel and also fight against bacteria in the mouth that can cause gum disease
- Green – usually best known for its weight loss/ Fat burning properties. Green tea has high levels of catechins (antioxidants) which increase the bodies ability to burn fat as fuel during exercise.
- It has also been shown to improve bone mineral density and strength
- There have also been studies suggesting that certain compounds found in green tea can help diabetics proccess sugars better
- Black- has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for many of the blended or flavoured teas on the market. Some studies have shown that black tea can help protect the lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke.
- White– most studies have shown that white tea contains the largers numbers of antioxidants called flavanoids that help protect the body against cancers
- Oolong – best known for its ability to help lower bad cholesterol levels in the body.
Tea Total Benefits of Tea