Types of Tea and their Health Benefits

By: James Clark

Tea is the world’s most popular drink, next to water and it’s steeped in health benefits. All tea is produced from a plant called Camellia sinensis. There are thousands of different varieties of teas available in the world. Each type of tea has its own characteristics including a different taste, differing health benefits, and even different levels of caffeine.

To learn about some of the most popular types of tea and their benefits read further.

White Teas

This is the rarest variety of tea and also the purest and least processed of all teas. The leaves are picked and harvested before they are fully open and the buds still have a covering of white hairs on them. It has very little caffeine, a light and sweet flavor and more antioxidants than any other type of tea. White teas also contain healthy antioxidants and are the best for skin and complexion. It offers the same potential cardiovascular and cancer-fighting benefits as other teas. And some research suggests that it may offer benefits to people with diabetes.

Green Teas

Green tea is the most popular type of tea and it is made from unoxidized leaves which are simply heated after picking to destroy the enzymes that cause oxidation. They are then rolled to release their flavor. It contains about 25 milligrams of caffeine per cup. Green teas contain healthy antioxidants. They help maintain cholesterol levels and it can be used as part of your diet to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

Black Teas

Black tea is the most common variety accounts for about 75 percent of global tea consumption and stronger than any other type of tea. Black tea is fully fermented, so it has approximately 20% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee. Black tea is the tea that enjoys the maximum sales in the world. Black teas help maintain cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range, as well as helping to maintain cardiovascular function and a healthy circulatory system. Research has shown that people who drink three or more cups of black tea daily may cut their risk of stroke by 21 percent.

Herbal Teas

Herbal tea does not contain any leaves from the Camellia plant family, so it is sometimes referred to as a tisane. Tisane is made with any part of the plant either dried or fresh flowers, roots, seeds or leaves over which boiling water is poured. Herbal infusions consist of pure herbs, flowers, and fruits. They can be delicious hot or iced. Research shows that drinking three cups of herbal tea daily could help lower blood pressure and also may promote sleep.

If you're worried that your intake is bad for your health, think again. If you drink it regularly it will bring a number of benefits.

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