Yes, you know that tea is beneficial for your skin!
Yes, you are aware that tea helps with relaxation!
Yes, of course tea helps to keep you young!
White, black, green, herbal, red, oolong, now it is getting hard to choose!
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Are you kind of busy and want to know, just which tea is the most effective and efficient for your overall health! Come on, we only have a set amount of hours in a day. And we are busier now than we ever were in the past. Who has the time to devote just to drinking all of these different teas?
Well, I did an analysis and I just might be able to help you with that!
First of all, black, green, white, and oolong teas all originate from an evergreen tree known as camellia sinensis.
There are chemicals in the leaves of camellia sinensis called polyphenols. Polyphenols are the beneficial chemicals in tea!
Tea leaves turn darker with more processing, hence creating the different colors that we are so used to in the wonderful world of tea.
Green and white teas are processed the least. These teas are just quickly steamed and then all of the processing is done!
White tea comes from the young leaves of camellia sinensis that are taken from the plant in early springtime.
These leaves are white in color because they are so young that they do not even contain any cholorphyll yet!
Black and oolong teas are dried, crushed, and subsequently fermented.
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Now, what about that herbal tea that seems to be so popular lately?
Well, herbal tea is actually not tea at all. It contains absolutely no leaves from camellia sinensis (the tea plant)!
Herbal teas are infusions made with herbs, roots, spices, flowers or other parts of different plants.
The proper term for this type of beverage is actually “tisane.”
These herbal teas may not provide all of the health benefits associated with the polyphenols in tea, but they certainly do promote various other beneficial health qualities.
So, let’s cut to the chase. What would be the most beneficial tea to choose to drink, if I had to only pick one?
Well, since the oxidation process that some of the teas undergo before they can be consumed, essentially removes the beneficial qualities of the tea, the less oxidation, the better! You with me?
Okay, so less oxidation, the better, therefore, I would say that the most effective and efficient beneficial tea to drink for your health would be white tea.
I chose white tea because it is the least processed of all of the teas. It is also the youngest tea leaf, and it is fairly well documented that the concentration of polyphenols in the camellia sinensis leaves decrease with age.
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So, which tea would retain the maximum amount of polyphenols, which is ultimately what we are going for, right?
Because we know that polyphenols = health benefits!
Yep, my decision is made.
The most effective and efficient tea to drink for your health would be white tea!
White tea, I don’t think you can go wrong with that one!