Monday, November 3, 2008

The health benefits of drinking tea

There are four basic types of tea, green, white, black, and oolong. All four come from the same plant yet they different widely in their benefits due to processing.

Do you know the difference between them?

Most of the health benefits of tea come from consuming about 2-3 cups a day.

All four come from the same plant Camellia sinensis, yet they differ in color and flavor.

Black tea:

Oxidizing and fermenting the leaves make black tea; this darkens the tea and converts some of the healthy compounds called catechins into less potent compounds.

Catechins are an abundant strong antioxidant found in tea plants.

Black tea has been linked to reduce heart disease risk, and can help fight infection.

Black tea also has between 25-110 mg of caffeine per cup.

White Tea:

White tea isn’t fermented so it maintains its Catechin content.

White tea has antiviral, and antibacterial properties that can kill bacteria and viruses.

White tea has 15mg of caffeine making it an ideal choice if you are caffeine sensitive.

Oolong Tea:

Oolong tea is only partially fermented which preserves some of the Catechins .

Oolong tea has been said to burn more fat than green tea, by blocking carbohydrates in your system. It has also been said to lower high blood pressure.

Oolong tea has between 15 – 55 mg of caffeine per cup.

Green tea:

Green tea leaves are steamed before they are dried which prevents the breakdown of Catechins.

Green tea has also been linked to reduce heart disease risk, lower high blood pressure, and decrease risk of numerous cancers as well as weight loss.

Green tea has between 10-30 mg of caffeine per cup.

Drinking tea speeds up your metabolism and with regular consumption you can expect to loose 8 ponds per year.

All teas offer some kind of health benefits, but it would seem that oolong and green tea has the greatest health benefits per cup.

Since each and every person is different I would try one for 30 days and monitor the results you get. Then try the other and choose the one that works best for your needs.

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