Drinking tea can bring people lots of health benefits. And we can gain different benefits from different types of teas. As tea making processes and teas’ origins vary, we can expect to gain different benefits from them. If you are looking for a tea that is especially good for you, here is a guideline you can take a look at.
White Tea Benefits
White tea is made with new buds and young leaves of camellia sinensis plant and has around 5% – 10% oxidation. These buds and leaves are steamed or fried right after harvesting, making them have low degree of oxidation and high amounts of antioxidants.
- Its high level of antioxidant can potentially help fight against oxidant stress and various forms of cancer
- It may be good for our teeth since it contains a high source of fluoride, catechins, and tannins that can strengthen teeth, fight plaque and make it more resistant to acid and sugarIt is also a good choice for tea drinkers who want limited caffeine consumption because this variety retains the least amount of caffeine
Green Tea Benefits
Green tea is made with steamed tea leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and is the least oxidized, around 0%~5%. Research has found that
- Its high in Flavonoid can boost heart health by lowering blood pressure, triglycerides and total cholesterol
- Its antioxidants may interfere with the growth of various types of cancer, including breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancer
- Its caffeine can help support mental alertness and acuity
- It may help reduce the risk of cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and stroke
- Green tea is also a great choice to support fasting
Black Tea Benefits
Black tea is made with fully fermented tea leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, making it contains high levels of caffeine.
- It may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke
- It may help reduce the risk of stroke
- It also retains flavonoids that combat inflammation and support heart health
Oolong Tea Benefits
Oolong tea is also made from Camellia sinensis plant, but this variety is partially oxidized.
- It contains an amino acid called I-theanine that might help prevent cognitive diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases
- Its high level of polyphenols may help lower inflammation
- It can also interfere with the growth of cancers and decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes
Pu-erh Tea Benefits
Pu-er has raw pu-erh and ripe pu-erh.
Raw pu-erh has much less fermentation during the making process. But it gets fermented during the long period of storage. (People tend to store raw pu-erh for a long time before consuming it) Ripe Pu-er has very high fermentation during the making process. And it gets another level’s fermentation during the storage. Studies show that
- Its caffeine content can help support mental alertness
- It is rich in antioxidant properties
- it can help heart health by reducing loss LDL cholesterol
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