Saturday, 2 January 2016

Types of Tea & its Health Benefits



‘A cup of tea would restore my normality’-Douglas Adams



                Tea is the most popular beverage in the world. It is said to have started as a medicine but later became a regular beverage. Its primary components are caffeine and polyphenols.
The amount of caffeine differs within its various types and makes it a natural energy booster. Polyphenols carries most of the health benefits of tea. Tea is found in six different varieties depending on how it is processed.

1.     WHITE TEA- Made from uncured & unoxidised tea leaves.

 Preparation- Brew 2 teaspoons of loose tea leaves for 1 to 2 minutes at 65-75°C.
Benefits:-
·        Reinforces the immune system.
·        Whitens complexion.
·        Boosts heart health and strengthens bones.
·        Has an antibacterial and anti-oxidant property.
·        Keeps teeth healthy.
·        Helps in weight loss.
·        Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.

2.     YELLOW TEA- Made from uncured, unoxidised & allowed to yellow tea leaves

Preparation- Brew 1 to 2 teaspoons of loose tea leaves for 1 to 3 minutes at 75-85°C.
          Benefits:-
·       Prevents atherosclerosis.
·       Protects from cancer.
·       Cures Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
·       Prevents diabetes and liver diseases.
·       Helps in losing weight and lowering cholesterol.

3.     GREEN TEA- Made from uncured & unfermented tea leaves.

Preparation- Brew 1 to 2 teaspoons of loose tea leaves for 1 to 2 minutes at 75-85°C.
Benefits:-
·        Fights cancer cholesterol and diabetes.
·        Have antiviral and antibacterial properties.
·        Protects from damages due to radiation.
·        Prevents hair loss and fights aging.
·        Raises metabolism rate and helps in weight loss.
·        Strengthens tooth enamel, reduces plaque and prevents bad breath.

4.     BLACK TEA- Made from fermented tea leaves.

Preparation- Brew 1 teaspoon loose tea leaves at 100°C for 3 to 5 minutes.
Benefits:-
·        Strengthens capillaries.
·        Lowers risk of diabetes, kidney stones and Parkinson’s.
·        Keeps your heart healthy and improves digestion.
·        Prevents breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
·        Have anti-inflammatory properties.
·        Contains anti-oxidants.

5.     OOLONG TEA- Made from bruised & partially fermented tea leaves.

Preparation- Brew 1 to 2 teaspoons of loose tea leaves for 1 to 3 minutes at 70-80°C.
Benefits:-
·        Lowers cholesterol
·        Treats obesity, diabetes and skin allergies like eczema.
·        Boosts immune system.
·        Helps in weight loss.
·        Prevents tooth decay.
·        Detoxifies body of alcohol.
·        Protects from damages due to radiation.

6.     PU-ERH TEA- Made from fermented and aged tea leaves.

Preparation- Brew 1 to 2 teaspoons of tea leaves for 2 to 5 minutes at 100°C.
Banefits:-
·        Treats obesity.
·        Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
·        Helps in digestion and weight loss.
·        Improves mental alertness.

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