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Health benefits of the world’s greatest teas

People have been aware of the health benefits of tea for nearly five millennia. Since the first leaves allegedly fluttered down from their branch into the cup of an unsuspecting Chinese Emperor, this remarkable beverage has played an important part in keeping us healthy and curing what ails us. Although derived from the same plant, different tea varieties offer drinkers a healthy hand up in surprisingly number of areas.

Way to go White!

Although its flavor is delicate and mild, white tea is no pushover when it comes to packing a powerful punch. Less processed than other varieties, its leaves retain more of their positive benefits. One of the most notable is a high concentration of antioxidants; nutrients that protect the body from free radicals which accelerate aging and damage DNA. Antioxidants act like sentries, cruising around until they catch free radicals that are up to no good and then neutralizing them. Some of the most powerful antioxidants are known as flavonoids. Known to inhibit cell growth, flavonoids help to combat colon, stomach, bladder, breast, and other cancers. This may be good news for cancer sufferers who want to avoid the side effects of certain medications.

Help Your Heart & Your Teeth Too!

Another class of antioxidants, catechins protect against heart attack and stroke by lowering bad cholesterol, increasing good cholesterol, and preventing arterial blockages. White tea is also thought to help drinkers maintain healthy blood pressure levels by thinning the blood, Researchers have discovered that consuming two or more cup of white tea may reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack by as much as 50%. To top things off, white tea even contains small amounts of fluoride which kill plaque-causing bacteria, prevent tooth decay, and fight bad breath (so your smile will look great when you start beaming about all the great things white tea is doing for you.)

Green is Great!

Touted for its health benefits more than any other variety, green tea is glorified for a lot of good reasons. Unoxidized (or slightly oxidized), green tea contains the same heart health and cancer-fighting compounds found in other teas, but takes things a step further. The powerful bioactive polyphenol Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), especially abundant in green tea, is the subject of ongoing research. Believed to reduce tumors and prevent their regrowth, ECGC also helps to shield the body from harmful UVB rays which can lead to skin cancer.

Weight Loss Wonder

For many people, one of the most exciting things about green tea is its potential to assist with weight loss. Catechins fuel thermogenesis-heat production which helps the body burn calories faster and more efficiently. These compounds may also help the effects of thermogenesis last longer by inhibiting the release of certain brain chemicals. A number of studies suggest that consuming at least three cups of green tea each day can help to significantly raise the body’s metabolic rate. That can mean the difference between hanging on to those last few pounds or watching them melt away.

 

Ooh Aah Oolong!

While it may not be quite as beneficial as its greener cousin, oolong tea consumption still has some great advantages. One of its most noteworthy properties is the ability to provide relief from certain skin disorders. Eczema or Atopic dermatitis is an allergic condition which causes skin to grow itchy, red, and flaky. Some versions of the disorder are especially troubling because they refuse to respond to conventional treatment. While oolong does not cure AD, a 2001 Shiga University study revealed that after drinking one liter of oolong per day while continuing regular dermatological treatment, 63% of patients experienced an improvement in symptoms.

Bone-Boosting Benefits

Individuals who drink oolong regularly tend to derive great benefits from the concentration of magnesium and calcium in its leaves. These compounds assist the body in retaining minerals from food, and help it to use them more effectively. Magnesium and calcium also work in tandem to prevent bone density loss which can contribute to osteoporosis.

Pu-ehr Power

Pu-erh differs from other tea in that it undergoes actual fermentation during processing. The chemical reactions involved in the fermentation process help to boost the creation of polysaccharides, carbohydrate molecules that have been shown to help lower blood sugar in mice. While their impact in humans requires further, it is possible that pu-erh consumption may prove beneficial to people with Type-2 diabetes. Pu-erh is also thought to be helpful in managing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which help keep the heart healthy.

Effective Fat Fighter

Pu-erh may be even more effective than green tea when it comes to fat-fighting power. If heavy meals are a constant source of discomfort, a cup or two of pu-ehr may help to lighten the load. This useful tea helps aid digestion, boost the metabolism, and reduce acidity so you don’t have to suffer from that unwanted bloated sensation. Pu-erh is also a good remedy when a weekend of excess catches up with you. A cup of pu-erh is one of the most effective ways to banish that hangover headache.

Black Tea Affair

While many people drink coffee to boost concentration, it contains twice the caffeine as a serving of black tea. This can actually overstimulate the heart, making make it more difficult to focus. The caffeine content of black tea promotes blood flow to the brain while amino acid L-theanine promotes concentration, so you can stay awake ad on task without placing added stress on your circulatory system It is believed that drinking black tea regularly holds the added benefit of protecting the brain against the onset of Parkinson’s disease.

Antioxidants, Flavonoids, and Manganese…Oh My!

Abundant in manganese and antioxidants, black tea improves cardiac muscle function and helps to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and which can damage arterial walls, increasing the risk of heart disease. Flavonoids, effective vasodilators which improve circulation and reduce instances of clotting, can help to prevent heart attack and stroke. Make no bones about it, black tea holds big benefits for those who drink it religiously; and anything that helps someone stay healthy and tastes great is okay on our book.