You may have heard alot in the press recently about the health benefits of drinking tea and have asked yourself which type of tea should I drink which can make a difference. All non-herbal teas are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The amount of time the leaves are processed determines whether you end up with a green, black or oolong tea.
Black tea is the most common variety of tea and drank around the world and accounts for about 75 percent of global tea consumption. Black tea is known for its full and rich flavour, it is extracted from the leaves of the “Camellia sinesis” plant (also called “the tea plant”). Black tea is made through a process of withering then rolling of the tea leaves and it’s distinctive flavour comes from a longer period of fermentation that onther teas like oolong or green teas which come from the same leaves. There are many types of black tea catering for all tastes.
Health benefits: Black tea has high concentrations of the antioxidant compounds known as theaflavins and thearubigins, which have been linked to lower levels of cholesterol, diet, assist with blood sugar control, heart health and in some cases weight control.
Green tea rich in B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants, notably catechins. All types of tea green are derived from the Camellia sinensis plant. Leaves from the plant are steamed to produce green tea.
Apart from the antioxidants and tannins, the green tea loose tea contains many vitamins, such as A, B1, C, E, just to name few, you can read more on the health benefits of green tea on our blog.
Oolong tea is thought to have double the health benefits of other teas due to its higher concentrations of antioxidants.
Like all teas there is a link between teas and weight loss teas and Oolong Tea is the same however (metabolic rates are main factor in weight loss) it also has benefits for lowering blood pressure, help with skins conditions (eczema) and has relaxation properties, Oolong Tea is a good choice for those looking to get health with tea.
White teas fresh buds and leaves coming from the Camellia Sinesis plant are left to dry in natural sunlight before being lightly processed to prevent ulterior oxidation.
Loose white tea is high in antioxidants and it was proven it can be a reputable ally in fighting different forms of cancer and cardiac diseases. People used it to cure many afflictions from the common cold to stomach aches and it worked every time.
Herbal infusions are also known as 'herbal tea' but as it does not contain the Camellia sinensis plant, it cannot actually be a tea as such.
Herbal teas which have a caffeine content, is a stimulant and helps concentration. Raspberry leaf herbal tea which is full of vitamin A, B C and E, known as the 'woman's' tea as it is believed to aid reproductive health, here are a couple of articles which go into more detail of herbal teas, Peppermint Tea and its Health Benefits and Milk Thistle Tea.
Pu-erh tea has become widly pubished in recent times because of its properties for loosing weight, pu erh tea now known as the weight lose tea, we have created a article on our website which goes into more detail on weight lose with Pu erh tea, we have also put together an article which highlights 5 good reasons to drink Pu erh tea.