Our Tea Guide – Part Two
Sunday, 15 March 2015 | Adam
Our guide to tea and what it can do for you.
Continuing from last month’s blog post, this month we will continue to explore the different types of tea, where they are from and how they can be beneficial when included in your diet.
Tea has long been the UK’s favourite beverage, but as many people opt for more healthy lifestyles, the type of tea they drink is changing. This guide to tea will help introduce you to these different teas.
White tea is a lightly oxidised tea which comes from the buds and the leaves of the camellia plant. Most white teas are from China, however variations of white tea, such as the Ceylon Silver Tips, come from Sri-Lanka. Only the young leaves are picked from the camellia plant, when they are coated in delicate, fine hairs to produce the best quality of tea.
Because white tea is picked so early the leaves and buds retain the naturally occurring antioxidants that are paramount for good health. The antioxidants in white tea are thought to fight inflammation, improve cardiovascular health, reduce risk of chronic disease and encourage a healthy immune system. It also has anti-cancerous, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Recommended for: Preventing heart disease, aiding cancer treatment and promoting a healthy immune system.
Jasmine tea is grown in China and produced from the fresh jasmine blossoms. It is the most popular flavoured tea in China, and has been cultivated throughout the country for over 700 years. The jasmine petals are often mixed with green, or occasionally oolong, tea in order to create the delicate flavour and sweet taste.
Jasmine tea is extremely high in catechins, a powerful group of antioxidants, and is thought to offer a wide range of health benefits to those who consume it. Jasmine tea has been linked with a reduced risk of cancer, lower heart rate, blood pressure, stroke and reduced cholesterol levels. A recent study also found a significant relationship between the consumption of jasmine tea and a lower risk of oesophageal cancer.
Recommended for: Lowering heart rate, blood pressure, risk of stroke, risk of cancer and reduced cholesterol levels.
Black tea has long been the UK’s favourite tea - served, usually, with a splash of milk and the occasional teaspoon of sugar. It is mostly grown in Sri Lanka, India and China, and is often much stronger than white, oolong and green teas due to the greater oxidisation.
Black tea has a high caffeine content, making it the perfect tea for the mornings. It has been thought to protect the lungs from the effects of smoking tobacco, as well as reducing one’s risk of stroke. Black tea is also thought to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease as well reducing the risk of cancer due to its high number of powerful antioxidants. The great news is MedlinePlus state that up to five cups of black tea a day can be beneficial to our health, although drinking more than five cups regularly could cause unwanted side effects, due to the caffeine content.
Recommended for: Reducing risk of cancer and stroke, protecting lungs from cigarette smoke and reducing the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Check our blog again next month to find the third instalment in our guide to different teas and their unique health benefits.