Health Benefits of Tea|
An ancient tradition in China and India, tea drinking has long been believed to have exceptional health benefits. The wide range of proposed benefits includes everything from weight loss to cancer treatment and prevention. But which type of tea carries which healthy benefits?
All teas come from an evergreen shrub called Camellia sinensis. The type of tea is determined by how they are processed after the leaves are picked. It is thought that these teas were named by the color of the beverage produced. Black tea is withered, fully oxidized and dried, whereas green tea is not oxidized. White tea is a rare tea from China made from leaves that are withered and dried by steaming. Most restaurant iced teas are black tea-based.
Other varieties include herbal teas, which are made from plants other than the Camellia sinensis, and oolong tea, a sweet cross between green and black teas often enjoyed in China.
Studies have shown that:
Integrate tea into your diet by replacing your morning coffee with hot tea, or drinking a cup after dinner or at bedtime. WebMD suggests buying tea bags and brewing tea yourself in order to achieve tea’s maximum benefits.