Like different types of wines, coffee, and fruit juices, there are also different types of tea. Tea is something that is consumed by majority of the population in every country for one or the other reason or even if it’s simply an ADDICTION.
Let it be any tea, whether Oolong tea, green tea or black tea or any other type of tea, they are all made from one same plant, i.e., “Camellia Sinensis”. The variations and different aromas in tea depend upon their processing. Basically it’s a 6-step process for preparing the tea- They pick leaves, sort out, steam, set them on fire, and they twist and finally it is oxidized before packing.
Tea Types And Their Health Advantages
This “Chinese restaurant tea” is also popularly known as “wu long tea” or “the champagne of teas”; after all it falls into the luxurious category of teas. The moisture is completely removed from the leaves, it is then semi-fermented. The tea is usually consumed without sugar or even milk.
It reduces cholesterol, slows down the aging process, relieves during eczema, enhances metabolism and fights obesity, stops tooth decay, have anti-cancer properties, strengthens bones, treats Type 2 diabetes, is a good stress buster, and it is a good antioxidant too.
The tea leaves are withered to remove all the moisture and then they are steamed to avoid fermentation. Japanese green tea and Chinese green tea varies in their color and shape. Usually, they are like twisted bits of tea.
It is rich in antioxidants like folate, Vitamin B, potassium, manganese and magnesium, and caffeine. It reduces cholesterol, has anti-cancer properties for breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer. They are used in Chinese medicines too. It is also regarded as the healthiest tea among all other teas as it also improves the brain functionality, burns fat quickly, prevents cavities, lowers the risk of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular disease.
It is made up of silvery whitish hair and buds of the plant, which are then dried or steamed to prevent fermentation. It tastes sweet and creamy. It comes in many flavors like white Jasmine tea, white rose tea or white mulberry tea, and many other flavors as well.
It is used in Chinese medicines due to the large quantity of antioxidants present in it as compared to green tea, which contains less. It prevents colon and stomach cancer, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthens bones, is good for heart and gums, has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, healthy for skin and increases metabolism to some extent.
This most common “black or red tea” by Chinese is quite famous in Asian countries like India and China. It undergoes longer fermentation process, leaves are dried and added with caramelized sweeteners are added for enhanced aroma in the tea. It has a very strong aroma because it is oxidized more as compared to other teas.
It lowers plaque formation, less risk to heart strokes, aids DNA harm due to tobacco consumption, lowers ovarian cancer, healthy for bones, lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes, relieves stress, boosts immunity, good for digestive tract, and boosts the flow of blood inside our body.
It is more or less like the green tea except that the green tea is greenish and creamy in color and taste, while yellow tea is heaped for around 30 seconds till it doesn’t turns yellow.
It helps prevent atherosclerosis, increases HDL cholesterol, helps fighting bladder cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, esophageal, lung, pancreatic, prostrate and stomach cancer. It also reduces Inflammatory Bowel Disease, diabetes, liver disease and aids in weight loss.
It takes many months to even years for this “dark tea” to go through microbial fermentation and is made in China.
It is rich in nutrients like protein, vitamins and minerals, sugar and amino acids. It aids in digestion weight loss, lowers lipid and prevents cardiovascular disease, is a good anti-oxidant and anti-aging, helps fight cancerous diseases, is anti-hypersensitive, controls diabetes, lowers blood sugar levels, is anti-inflammatory and is bactericidal, and also helps in detoxification.
It is also known as “Puer tea” and undergoes fermentation process twice.
It lowers bad cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, and aids in preventing diabetes. It also lowers arteriosclerosis, plaques (inside heart), aids in preventing heart strokes, and boosts blood circulation. It fights cancer and weighty issues and has inflammatory properties.
Blended tea like English breakfast, Caravan, and few more are made by mixing teas to generate a new aroma and taste.
It is a great source of antioxidants and helps reducing weight, fights cholesterol, and good for overall health. Minute quantities can be served to children also at times.
Teas are enhanced with flavors through flowers like Jasmine, Rose, Orchids, and through oil extracted from the skin peel (or rind) of bergamot orange to form Earl Grey Tea. More flavors can be tried with herbs and spices based tea made from ginger, cardamom, cloves, mint etc., and tea with peach leaves, onion, and berries.
It soothes down your senses, relaxes you during anxiety, relieves headache and migraine, and helps during cough and cold.
It is made from spices and herbs and from dried fruit too.