The Healing Properties of Tea
Many popular teas (such as: green, black, white, and oolong) derive from a plant called Camellia Sinensis. This plant is usually found in China and India. It contains antioxidants called flavonoids. Flavonoids help fight heart disease, clogged arteries, and even some cancers.
Green Tea is made with steamed leaves and has a high concentration of EGCG. Green Tea helps to burn fat, lowers stress on the brain, reduces the risk of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and improves cholesterol levels.
Black Tea is made with fermented leaves and has a high level of caffeine. Black tea is known for its protective nature. It protects the lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke.
White Tea is known for its anticancer properties. It isn’t as processed as most other teas. It is uncured and unfermented.
Oolong Tea is the odd ball out. Benefit wise, it falls somewhere between Green and Black tea. This is because the leaves go through part of the oxidation process. It is good for fighting chronic health issues. This includes fighting inflammation, high cholesterol, and heart disease. It also increases skin and bone vitality.
Hot Tea vs. Cold Tea
When it comes to the debate as to which is healthier, by and large hot tea is much healthier for you than cold tea. A large study at Penn State concluded that the most significant difference was seen in weight gain vs. weight loss. Those who drank hot tea lost weight, while those that drank cold tea, gained weight. It’s not quite a black and white issue however. So for more information on that subject you can go to http://www.nyrnaturalnews.com/article/hot-tea-or-cold-tea-which-is-healthiest/ for more information.
No matter what kind of tea you choose, you are doing your body a favor by opting for a healthier choice. Happy tea drinking!