Tea has been cultivated for centuries in India and China. Today, tea is the most widely-consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. Millions of people drink tea. Green tea (Camellia sinesis) in particular has many health benefits according to studies.
There are 3 main varieties of tea - green, black, and oolong. The difference is in their processing. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants. The antioxidants in green tea can neutralize free radicals and reduce or help prevent some of the damage they cause.
In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, practitioners usegreen tea as a stimulant, a diuretic an astringent; to improve heart health, to treat flatulence, regulate blood sugar, promote digestion and stimulate mental activity.
Results from studies suggest that green tea may help treat the following health conditions:
Green, black, and white tea are all derived from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Originally cultivated in East Asia, this plant grows as large as a shrub or tree.
People in Asian countries more commonly consume green and white tea. Black tea is more popular in the UK and States.
Green tea is prepared from unfermented leaves, the leaves of oolong tea are partially fermented, and black tea is fully fermented. The more the leaves are fermented, the lower the polyphenol content and the higher the caffeine content.
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages that offers numerous health benefits. White tea also comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis. The difference is that, once the leaves and buds are plucked, they are left to wilt and then are dried.
Differences between green and white teaWhite teaWhite tea is prepared from unopened buds and very young leaves. It is prepared from immature leaves so it has to be hand-picked during the initial days of early spring. This is why it is more costly than green tea.
Green teaGreen tea is made of t more developed leaves. It is cheaper than white tea. It could be light green in colour; light brown or light yellow.
People consider white tea tastier than green tea. If you are looking for tasty tea, then white tea should be your choice. If you are after health benefits, go for green.
Tea can be a welcome break for coffee lovers. When your immune system is down and you have already thrown back three coffees, why not complete your day with a cup of tea?