Tea Chapter

Health Benefits of Tea

August 26th, 2012

Behold! The Health Benefits of Tea!

GreenTea1

CHINESE GREEN TEA (绿茶)

INTRODUCTION

For centuries tea has been recognized in China for its role in healthy lifestyles. As you may know, Chinese Green Tea is one of the more popular types of Chinese Tea. Many people, not only the Chinese, consider it as the most refreshing drink for sweltering summers. Green tea is cool to the taste buds, light and refreshing.

HEALTH BENEFITS

The health benefits of Chinese Green Tea have been known throughout the world. The Chinese have known about these medicinal benefits since ancient times, because they have used it to treat ailments ranging from headaches to depressions. Drinking Green Tea has benefits for medicinal conditions such as cancers, impaired immune function, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, infection and high cholesterol levels. It also reduces stress and regulates ageing.

BlackTea

CHINESE BLACK TEA (黑茶)

INTRODUCTION

Unlike Green Tea, Chinese Black Tea is completely oxidized (fermented). In China, it is called red tea in reference to the color of the infused liquid or to the red edges of the oxidized leaves, as opposed to the color of the main body of the processed tea leaves. It tastes thick and robust, and is often blended with other flavors, creating different but rich and exquisite tastes.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Regular consumption of Chinese Black Tea can reduce the risks of stroke as they help to regulate blood circulation. Plain Black Tea without sweeteners or addictives contains negligible quantities of calories, protein, sodium and fat.

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CHINESE OOLONG TEA (烏龍茶)

INTRODUCTION

Oolong Tea is a semi-fermented tea combining the best characteristics of an un-oxidized green tea and fully oxidized black tea. The taste of the tea is very rich. It can be sweet and fruity, or woody and thick, or green and fresh, all depending on the horticulture and style of production.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Oolong benefits have been known for a long time in China. The most well known health benefits are its effects on the prevention of obesity and active contribution in weight loss. It also assists in combating the ageing of skin, preventing heart disease and cancer, reducing high blood pressure, improving vitality and life span, strengthening teeth to prevent tooth decay, relieving stress, treating skin problems and lowering blood sugar levels.

PuErh

PU-ERH TEA (普洱茶)

INTRODUCTION

Pu-Erh tea, also known as aged or vintage tea, is another of China’s great treasures. Its production is highly regulated to ensure the highest quality and authenticity. Only aged tea that comes from Yunnan province can be called Pu-Erh tea.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Pu-erh is well known for its medicinal benefits. Besides being the perfect drink on a cold day, it is good for the digestive system and removes lactic acid from the tired body. Furthermore, it improves the immune system and stamina. It can be drunk as an alternative to herbal cooling tea.

WhiteTea

CHINESE WHITE TEA (白茶)

INTRODUCTION

It is a lightly oxidized tea, and its name is derived from the fine silvery white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant, which gives the plant a whitish color. The beverage itself is pale yellow in color. It is light and delicately smooth and is the least processed tea, undergoing just steaming and drying, leaving it close to its natural state.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Like Black and Green Tea, White Tea is also derived from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, hence they share the same health effects. White Tea is found to reduce cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, and improve the function of blood vessels hence decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies have also shown that it reduces the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, and slows down ageing.

YellowTea

CHINESE YELLOW TEA (黃茶)

INTRODUCTION

Yellow Tea generally has a very yellow-green appearance and a smell different from both White Tea and Green Tea. It does not have the grassy taste of Green Tea. It is a rare variety of tea that was described as a high quality tea that was served at the Imperial Court in the past. Similar to White Tea, It is light and delicately smooth and is the other least processed tea, undergoing just steaming and drying, leaving it close to its natural state.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Since Yellow Tea is often harvested while the leaves are still very young, they contain more antioxidants which have beneficial effects on cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, some cancers and mental agility. It also promotes longevity.