3 Amazing Reasons to Add Tea to Your Life
Tea is an aromatic beverage created from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis. Originally used as a medicinal drink in China the earliest know evidence of tea drinking was uncovered in the mausoleum of Emperor Jing of Han in Xi’an. This indicates tea was drunk as early as the 2nd century BC.
Tea is divided into categories depending on how it is processed.
- White Wilted and unoxidised
- Yellow Unwilted and unoxidised and left to yellow
- Green Unwilted and unoxidised
- Oolong Wilted, bruised and partially oxidised
- Black Wilted, sometimes crushed, and fully oxidised, sometimes referred to as red tea in China.
- Post Fermented Green tea that has been allowed to ferment/compost
Herbal tea refers to infusions made from herbs or fruit without the use of tea leaves. E.g Chamomile, rooibos, rosehip. They are often referred to as tisanes or herbal infusions.
Black tea has less of the flavonoids that give you good health than green tea. Why, because of the way in which they are processed. Green tea is steamed quickly to stop oxidation. Black tea leaves are crushed, torn, curled or rolled and oxidised before drying. The extra step degrades some of the flavonoids.
To remain fresh tea should be stored away from light and in a vacuum sealed container to reduce exposure to the air.
The health benefits of tea have long been known around the world but only recently have there been many scientific studies into whether or not these claims are true. The majority of studies are doe as metanalyses where studies are combined so that there are collectively more participants and therefore it is hoped that the outcomes are stronger and easier to discern.
Among the many benefits of tea are
- Reduction in cardiovascular disease and stroke (1)
- Reduction in liver disease (2)
- Reduction in depression (3)
All of the studies indicate that the correlation is to the number of cups of tea you drink. That is the more you drink the stronger the correlation and the likelihood that the benefits will show up.