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Tea varieties

Tea Varieties

This article will focus on three popular varieties of loose leaf tea–black, white, and green.  All three teas offer excellent health benefits to varying degrees.  Lets take a look at the differences.

Black Tea This tea can be the boldest in flavor.  It can be sweet, spicy and very fragrant.  Black tea is best known for it’s digestive benefits.  Because of it’s high level of tannins, it can have an anti-diarrheal effect.  The theophylline in tea helps to lower cholesterol, expand the airways allowing us to breathe easier, and prevent tooth decay.  Some recent studies indicate that black tea may even kill certain viruses that live on our skin and in our mouth!

Green Tea Green tea is rapidly becoming popular due to it’s emerging known health benefits.  This tea has been known to prevent certain cancers (esophageal and skin) and like black tea, it can lower cholesterol, fight infection and tooth decay, and can boost the immune system.  Green tea contains EGCG which is a very powerful antioxidant also found in wine.  There is more EGCG in green tea than in black tea.

White Tea This tea is made from immature leaves that are picked before the buds are opened.  It’s pale in color and sweet in taste.  It is now believed that white tea is the healthiest tea of all because it contains more antioxidants than green tea.   It provides the same benefits as black and green tea but it is believed that it’s cancer fighting properties are greater.  This tea is usually also the most expensive to buy.

All three teas offer health benefits to anyone who chooses to drink them regularly.  Because tea contain less caffeine than coffee, they are able to increase blood flow to the brain without increasing the heart rate.  It is believed that this can enhance mental clarity.

If you’re unsure about trying loose leaf tea, visit a tea merchant and sample a few varieties.  These stores are fantastic.  The sales associates are experts and can point you in the right direction.  The price of tea varies dramatically.  A good merchant will sell you quality tea without destroying your budget.

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Drink tea for your health – what is in a cup of tea

Drink Tea for Your Health – What is in a Cup of Tea?

Tea is the dried plant Camelia sinensis.  True tea includes black, green, white and oolong teas.  Drinking two or more cups of tea a day can provide many health benefits.  What is in tea that makes it so special?


Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful antioxidant, has shown remarkable health-promoting properties in laboratory studies.  Included are anti-viral actions, which offer more cold protection than either vitamin C or Echinacea.  It is thought that the chemicals in tea stimulate gamma-delta T-cells that boost the bodies own natural immunity against both bacteria and viruses.  Tooth decay or gingivitis causing bacteria are also killed.

EGCG is very effective at destroying free radicals, which cause cell-mutations that can lead to cancer.  It even fights existing cancer by preventing the tumors from developing their own blood supply.

Flavonoids, more antioxidants, lower LDL cholesterol levels benefiting the heart and circulatory system.  These powerful antioxidants protect against hypertension by suppressing the production of a hormone, angiotensin II, which can contribute to high blood pressure.  Further protection against heart attacks and strokes comes from actions that inhibit the abnormal formation of blood clots.  In addition, anti-oxidants show effectiveness in lowering blood sugar and protecting against diabetes.

A diet rich in anti-oxidants can to slow the aging process by attacking free radicals before they have the opportunity to damage cells.  Anti-inflammatory properties of these anti-oxidants also protect against arthritis. A diet rich in anti-oxidants can to slow the aging process by attacking free radicals before they have the opportunity to damage cells.  Anti-inflammatory properties of these anti-oxidants also protect against arthritis.


Drinking tea provides important minerals such as zinc and folic acid.  An eight-ounce cup of tea provides 25% RDA of manganese, a mineral essential for bone growth and body development.  Drinking tea hydrates the body and, as a good source of potassium, helps maintain healthy body fluid levels.  Fluoride strengthens teeth and bones and can help protect against osteoporosis.

So the next time you need a break, make it a tea break with a warm, soothing cup of anti-oxidants and minerals!

Health benefits of black tea

Health Benefits Of Black Tea

Among the most popular beverages around the world, tea comes second after water. Black tea is the most widely consumed tea in the world (except in Asia.) Medical researchers and scientists have discovered that many health benefits can be acquired by drinking black tea regularly.

All teas come from the camellia sinensis plant, and are rich in poly-phenols, a type of antioxidant. Black tea is processed differently than green tea and white tea. When being processed, black tea is fermented, while green teas and white teas are not. During the fermentation process, some of the compounds of the black tea plant are changed; this is why some medical researchers have recently claimed that green tea is healthier than black tea, while others claim that black tea has just as many health benefits.

In today’s fast paced world, our bodies are constantly exposed to stress and free radicals. Free radicals have the ability to destroy cells and DNA in our bodies. One of the most beneficial aspects of tea in general is that it is a great source of antioxidants, which can help neutralize these harmful free radicals. Theaflavins, which are part of the black tea plant, help in hunting down the abnormal cells in our bodies and getting rid of them before they can cause our bodies any damage or harm.

In an article named “Antioxidants in Green and Black Tea” by Jeanie Lerche David for WebMD, John Weisburger, PhD., senior researcher at the Institute for Cancer Prevention in Valhalla, NY tells Web MD “the antioxidants in black and green teas are highly beneficial to our health.” His research shows that green and black tea have identical amounts of poly-phenols. Antioxidants scavenge for cell-damaging free radicals in the body and detoxify them. Weisburger, who drinks 10 cups of tea daily says, “I was the first American researcher to show that tea modifies the metabolism to detoxify harmful chemicals.” His lab found that both green and black teas block DNA damage associated with tobacco and other toxic chemicals. Weisburger recommends drinking six to 10 cups of black or green tea throughout the day. He says that decaffeinated tea is also fine because flavanoids are unchanged by the removal of caffeine.

According to studies done at Rutgers University, black tea may aid in prevention of stomach, prostate, and breast cancers. TF-2, a chemical found in black tea, causes cancer cells to die, while normal cells remain unaffected. According to Dr. Kuang Yu Chen of Rutgers University and his team, when normal cells are exposed to the TF-2 compound, nothing happens, but when cancer cells are exposed to TF-2, apoptosis (programmed cell death) occurs.

Research done at Pace Universityby Milton Schiffenbauer suggests that drinking black or green tea can help “deactivate” viruses like herpes and help prevent diarrhea, pneumonia, cystitis, and other skin infections.

Some laboratory tests show that black and green tea may slow the growth of tumors, protect bones, fight bad breath, improve skin, help boost metabolism to aid weight loss, block allergic responses, and protect against Parkinson’s disease.

Evidence suggests that benefits of black tea are decreased when milk is added to it, so try drinking your tea without any milk or sugar. As a natural alternative to sugar, we often recommend Stevia or Xylitol.

Are these enough reasons to convince you to make yourself a cup of black tea every day? Tea can go a very long way in keeping you healthy for many years to come…

The green tea health benefits

The Green tea health benefits

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Green tea may help reduce inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two types of IBD. If green tea proves to be helpful for preventing colon cancer, this would be an added benefit for those with IBD because they are at risk for colon cancer.


Green tea has been used traditionally to control blood sugar in the body. Animal studies suggest that green tea may help prevent the development of type 1 diabetes and slow the progression once it has developed. People with type 1 diabetes produce little or no insulin, a hormone that converts glucose (sugar), starches, and other foods into energy needed for daily life. Green tea may help regulate glucose in the body.

A few small clinical studies have found that daily supplementation of the diet with green tea-extract powder lowered the hemoglobin A1c level in individuals with borderline diabetes.

Liver disease

Population-based clinical studies have shown that men who drink more than 10 cups of green tea per day are less likely to develop disorders of the liver. Green tea also seems to protect the liver from the damaging effects of toxic substances such as alcohol. Animal studies have shown that green tea helps protect against the development of liver tumors in mice.

Results from several animal and human studies suggest that one of the polyphenols present in green tea, known as catechin, may help treat viral hepatitis (inflammation of the liver from a virus). In these studies, catechin was isolated from green tea and used in very high concentrations. It is not clear whether green tea (which contains a lower concentration of catechins) confers these same benefits to people with hepatitis.

Weight loss

Clinical studies suggest that green tea extract may boost metabolism and help burn fat. One study confirmed that the combination of green tea and caffeine improved weight loss and maintenance in overweight and moderately obese individuals. Some researchers speculate that substances in green tea known as polyphenols, specifically the catechins, are responsible for the herb’s fat-burning effect.

Other uses

Drinking Chinese tea has been found effective in a small clinical study for dental caries, or tooth decay. More studies need to be performed. Green tea may also be useful in inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis. Research indicates that green tea may benefit arthritis by reducing inflammation and slowing cartilage breakdown. Chemicals found in green tea may also be effective in treating genital warts and preventing symptoms of colds and influenza.

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