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Is tea good for you? The health benefits of tea

Mar 20, 2020

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Tea is probably one of the best drink there is. It is right behind water, the most consumed drink in the world. From the best known black teas to the ever so popular green teas, to silver, white, semi-fermented, smokes, perfumed, there are more than 3000 varieties of tea. And the most amazing thing is that they all come from the same plant. The plant finds its origins in China and is commonly called the Camellia Sinensis, whose leaves and buds are used in the making of tea.

Tea is better for your health than coffee, but some inconvenient effects can occur. Therefore it is important to use it correctly.

As already stated, all tea comes from the same plant, so it is the location where the plant grows that makes the difference in flavour and composition of the tea. The environment, soil quality, rainfall, altitude, the time of year the tea is harvested are all important factors in the health benefits of tea. Wu long tea is carefully grown and produced in the so-called happy country, the province of Fujian (Taiwan), as well as several provinces in China.

All teas seem to have multiple benefits, such as helping maintain one’s waistline, a healthy heart, or cancer-preventive qualities, but a study seems to indicate that non-fermented or semi-fermented teas are in fact preferable to others for these qualities.

For this reason alone, it would ensure that a semi-fermented tea like Oolong tea would be preferable to a fully fermented black tea.

What you can expect to find in 100 g of green tea

  • 300 mg Vitamine C
  • 100 mg Vitamine E
  • 15 mg Provitamin A
  • 11 mg Vitamine B
  • 35% antioxidants polyphenol
  • 35% chlorophyll
  • 1% caffein

It is important to note that black teas are lower in vitamins and antioxidants than their green counterpart. Vitamin C, which is a very fragile vitamin and can be destroyed by high temperatures, is almost nil in black teas.

Chinese people have been praising the merits of Chinese green tea for thousands of years. The first to praise the medicinal virtues of this drink was the Emperor Shen Nong of the Han Dynasty, who in 2737 BCE, wrote in a Treatise on Plants “with a bitter taste, tea helps the spirit, fight tiredness, stimulates the body, reduces weight, and improves eyesight.” The legend tells us that the Emperor used to poison himself in order to test the saving virtues of Chinese Oolong tea.

Today Chinese medicine is still using it to treat rheumatism and many other illnesses. The benefits of green tea are well documented in many medical books from traditional Chines medicine to today’s modern scientific publications.

Most recent studies have noted the qualities antioxidant due to vitamins C and E, carotenoids, and flavonoids, that are commonly found in tea, and that fight free radicals found in our bodies. A recent study in the US has shown that this antioxidant activity was over that found in 22 fruit and vegetables. Only strawberries were found to have more antioxidants than tea.

In China, another study has shown the direct impact that a mixture of black and green tea had on slowing down the progress of mouth cancer.

Another study conducted in Boston MA found that large consumption of tea could reduce the risk of heart attack by 44%.

All the studies done in China, Japan and the USA, have highlighted the positive results of tea consumption.

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