The Science-Backed Benefits of Tea

Posted by Ann Marie on 2/2/2015

Tea would be a miraculous drink if it wasn’t for all of the science backing up the claims that drinking tea provides consumers with a great number of benefits. No, tea is not about miracles; it’s all about the science.

Generally speaking, all tea comes from the Camellia sinensis tree. This includes green, black, and white, and oolong teas. The difference between these teas is that they are harvested and processed in varying ways. Herbal teas on the other hand may or may not contain any leafs of the Camellia sinensis plant which means that they will not necessarily provide the health benefits that true teas do since they may not have the flavonoids and other health-boosting properties of the real deal.

White Tea

White tea is as close to the natural tea leaf as you can get. Exceedingly lightly oxidized, this naturally sweet tea is loaded with antioxidants that studies have said may help prevent cancer and plenty of antibacterial and antiviral agents that have been shown to help bodies fight off infections.  

Green Tea

Only slightly more processed than white tea, green tea has become so popular that it is now found in a wide range of foods and drinks to include ice creams and egg dishes. Being so lightly processed means that this tea packs a healthy punch. Various studies have discovered that green tea may help people prevent cancer, control blood sugar fluctuations, fight infections, and prevent cardiovascular disease.

Black Tea

Probably still the most popular tea in the west thanks to the British, black tea is the most oxidized of the main types of true tea. Containing the most caffeine of the teas, this is the drink to take before working out. Also, studies have found that it may help reduce the risk of stroke.

Oolong Tea

This purely Chinese tea has quite the processing process that includes letting the plant dry beneath the powerful sun. Particularly curled and oxidized, oolong tea lowered bad cholesterol levels in animals in a recent study. And, since oolong tea contains many of the same properties of the other true teas it stands to reason that it provides similar health benefits.

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