Tea is the most popular non-alcoholic beverage and one of the most powerful sources of anti-oxidants, more powerful than any fruit or vegetable. Whether you drink black tea, green tea or something in between, you are drinking a beverage made from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis.
Black tea is made from the leaf that has been fully oxidized, producing a hearty, deep, rich flavor in an amber colored liquor. It is the oxidation process, oxygen coming into contact with the enzymes in the tea leaf, which creates black tea. Black teas have a fuller and richer flavor than unprocessed green teas. The finest and the most expensive tea are made from leaves plucked from the youngest shoots and unopened leaf buds.
Tea contains anti-oxidants that belong to a group called flavonoids and is especially rich in catechin which has several health benefits.
The Power of Tea
The anti-oxidants in tea help the body fight several chronic ailments such as heart disease, stroke and cancer. Anti-oxidants slow down the breaking or synthesis of LDL cholesterol, the main culprit behind heart ailment, improves blood vessel function, and can help blood clots from forming.
People who drink a cup or two of tea a day appear to have a lower risk of artery blockage. The anti-oxidants also protect against the DNA damage that causes cells to turn cancerous. In cell studies, one of the most important catechins called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) blocked an enzyme that cancer cells need to grow.
While black tea may stain your teeth, the tannins and fluoride protect against tooth decay.
Useful Healthy Hint
Brew black tea for at least five minutes to draw out the maximum amount of catechins.
Drink tea between meals to prevent interference with iron absorption from your food.
How much is Enough?
Drinking as much as two to five cups of tea daily is good for body and mind.
Buy the Right Tea
To enjoy the benefits and refreshing qualities of good tea, buy from shops with a steady customer base and always only buy as much as you can consume in a month’s time. Serenity Tea Sips serves the best and finest teas from around the world. Serenity Tea Sips’s teas come packaged in high barrier resealable bags and the teas can continue to be stored in this manner. Also, you may use tea tins that are airtight. The teas need to be stored in dark, cool, dry places. Refrigeration and freezing tea is a bad practice, since it can ruin the flavor.
Some Bright Ideas
- To get a different flavor, while boiling water beforehand to cook whole grains such as rice, add a bag of green tea. Boil the water for three minutes, then, remove the tea bag before using the water to cook the rice.
- Sprinkle green tea or white tea leaves in salads, stir-fries, chicken or fish based soups, stews and casseroles, just like you would do with any herb.
- The easy way to remove tea bags from iced tea is to first tie the bags onto a skewer. Place the skewer over a jug with the tea bags hanging down, then, add water. After the tea brews, lift out the skewer, squeeze out excess water and dispose of the lot.
A few words for tea drinkers and lovers, just go on drinking. Drink to your health!