The Healthiest Tea

The health benefits of drinking tea have long been established. Research has determined the positive effects of tea are due to polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) and the phytochemicals present in the plant Camellia sinensis. The antioxidants in tea can prevent certain cancers, reduce chances of heart attack, help fight free radicals in the body, enhance the body’s endurance, supplement diet and exercise, and even protect against ultraviolet rays.

Tea only has four variations: the oolong, black, white, and green. Anything that is an infusion of a different plant in not considered, in technical terms, tea. Being the world’s most consumed beverage, it helps to fully understand how each type of tea can affect your health and help you choose which one would best give you the benefits you are looking for.

Green tea is full of catechins. Catechins are known to be a powerhouse for fighting certain types of cancers, and are believed to be the reason for the reduced risks of diseases. It can also limit the effects of smoking and unhealthy diets. Drinking green tea can help in destroying the bad bacteria inside the body, preventing tooth decay and cause healthier skin, nails and hair.

Black tea is the most common type of tea in the market, has a slightly bitter flavor and has the most caffeine among the four types of tea. Black tea can help prevent blood clotting, and has more heart-related benefits. It is the most adaptable and can be mixed or spiced with cinnamon, milk, or others. Comparable to coffee, it is better than coffee because the caffeine in black tea takes longer to be absorbed in the bloodstream, providing longer, yet gentler awakening effects.

Oolong tea is similar to black tea; the difference is that the fermentation time is shorter. Oolong helps dissolve a form of dietary fat in the body (triglycerides) that is stored in fat cells. It is highly beneficial in weight loss, as well as in fighting aging skin. It appears and tastes similar to green tea, but has about the same caffeine content as black tea. Oolong tea is often considered an acquired taste, because its distinct mellow taste is hard to complement with sweeteners.

White tea is considered the health multitasker, offering several health benefits such as cardiovascular wellness and cancer-fighting advantages. White tea leaves are the least processed, and therefore, the rarest of four teas, containing the least amount of caffeine and have the mildest flavor among the four teas.

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