Tea Types & Their Benefits
Coffee lovers move aside, it’s tea time!
Tea has been a staple in many civilizations for thousands of years – it has a rich culture surrounding it and best of all, it tastes magnificent. With such a high variety of teas, you can never go wrong with this hot beverage (or cold if you like it that way – we don’t judge!)
Not only does tea have soothing effects on the body, mind, and soul, but it’s also extremely potent and healthy, making it an ideal alternative to coffee, sodas, and other processed beverages.
Today, we’re going to focus on different tea types and their benefits, helping you choose a perfect variety for yourself. So whether you’re looking for something strong and grassy or maybe a slightly milder brew with a subtle aroma, we’re going to guide you through all their differences and nuances that make them so special.
Commonly known by people of China as red tea, this fully oxidized withered tea acquires a deep red shade when boiled, which is why this ancient Asian civilization has given it the title. The flavor is strong, rich and bold and can sometimes be overwhelming to those who are not used to drinking it regularly.
Black tea is also the variety of tea with the highest caffeine content, followed closely by oolong tea. While most people brew this tea type just for several minutes, some folks in India have developed the practice of brewing it for more than 15 minutes or longer to make something commonly called Masala chai.
Due to its high antioxidant content, black or red tea is known to promote various benefits that can promote better health and decrease the risk of developing some chronic conditions. Among many perks, this variety is mostly notable for lowering cholesterol, reducing blood pressure and blood sugar levels, improving gut health and boosting brainpower.
It’s also said that drinking black tea regularly can help decrease the risk of cancer and strokes.
Primarily used for its medicinal properties, puer tea is a variety of aged black tea, known for its strong and earthy flavor. What’s interesting is that puer tea is mainly produced in Yunnan Province in China and it undergoes a complicated process of preparation which is considered a specialty in China.
Puer tea promotes weight loss and is believed to be one of the rare plants that not only reduce cholesterol but actually manages to raise the levels of good cholesterol. It is said that puer tea can improve circulation and help prevent strokes, which is why it’s adored among the elderly around the world.
Oolong tea is a partially oxidized tea and has a slightly lower level of caffeine than black tea.
What’s unique about this variety is that its leaves can be reused multiple times for brewing tea and some people claim that this only enhances the flavor of the brew. The tea is known for its exotic taste and fragrant aromas and it’s a great option for those looking for something slightly milder than black tea.
Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals such as fluoride, manganese, magnesium, caffeine, polyphenols, and EGCG among others, oolong tea is highly regarded as the go-to tea for managing conditions like diabetes, improving heart health and brain function, as well as losing weight and relieving certain skin conditions such as eczema.
Probably one of the most famous tea types in the world, green tea is known as one of the healthiest drinks in the world and the hype is well-reasoned too.
Green tea is an unwilted and unoxidized type of tea characterized by grassy aromas and subtle bitter accents. It has significantly less caffeine content compared to black and oolong teas, which is why it’s enjoyed throughout the day.
The compounds found in green tea are what truly make it special. The tea is brimming with antioxidants and nutrients that our bodies need in order to function properly. Some of the best-known benefits of drinking green tea include improved brain function, fat loss, cancer prevention and lower risk of infection.
Research suggests that drinking a couple of cups of green tea every day can decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases and even help you live longer.
Matcha, a finely ground powder made from green tea is another product recognized for its high nutritional content and powerful performance. Many people opt for matcha instead of traditional green tea, as the powder makes for a great addition to various foods and beverages such as smoothies, cakes, ice creams, pancakes, and other treats.
Not to be confused with black tea varieties, dark tea is a type of fermented green tea mostly grown in Hunan and Sichuan Provinces in China.
Dark tea is praised for many things, but mostly for its probiotic properties and is commonly used to treat digestive issues. It can also help replenish essential vitamins and minerals in the body, as well as regulate the metabolism, making it a favorite among those looking to lose some weight.
Unlike green and black tea, this variety boasts a pretty light, sweet flavor and is commonly enjoyed by older people, as it is said that the tea has anti-aging properties and can deter different ailments, prevent cancer and lower blood pressure. The catechins found in tea can relax the blood vessels, reducing blood pressure in the process through a process known as vasodilation.
One of the rarest types of tea is yellow tea. Unwilted and unoxidized, it resembles green tea in many aspects, except that it doesn’t possess the bitterness and strong grassy notes of its green counterpart.
Because it undergoes a longer drying period, the leaves gradually become a soft shade of yellow, hence the name. This type of tea is considered to be one of the rarest and most expensive teas in the world and it is only produced in China.
Its anti-inflammatory properties are known to promote good heart health, while the bioactive compounds found in yellow tea are essential for combating conditions such as cancer and diabetes.
Yellow tea is also a favorite beverage among those looking to lose weight, boost their metabolism and keep their livers strong and healthy.
Wilted and unoxidized, white tea is considered the most intricate variety of all. It is naturally sweet and has composite, fine accents, making it an ideal beverage for anyone who can appreciate subtle flavors.
This type of tea is the least processed of all other varieties, which allows it to preserve most of its antioxidant content. This is what makes it one of the healthiest drinks out there.
White tea is a natural immunity booster, but it’s also used for oral hygiene, prevention of osteoporosis, as well as combating Alzheimer’s Disease.
Many people believe that white tea can also help maintain a youthful appearance, as the compounds found in the tea can protect the skin from harmful UV rays and internal damage.
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