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The healthy art of drinking tea

by David Anthony (follow)
David Anthony. Writer and Publisher. Port Stephens, Australia
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Tea has been the subject of discussion in recent times; for a good reason. It not only contains healthy benefits for consumers but is also an enjoyable drink.

Kinds of Tea
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Here are five varieties of tea and the immense health benefits derived from them.

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is mainly grown in China, (Fujian, Anxi and the Wuyi mountains) and in Taiwan, (Nantou County, Chiayi County).

Oolong tea helps reduce body weight by activating enzymes which help your body cut down triglycerides – a type of fat found in the blood.

It also contains niacin, a detoxifier that aids in the purification of the blood; it can also help prevent tooth decay.

Oolong tea is usually brewed and served hot, milk and honey can be added according to your preference.

Green Tea

Green tea is grown in four major countries – China, Japan, Vietnam, and Indonesia. There are two broad classifications –those grown in the sun and those in the shade.

Green tea has many health benefits. It improves blood flow (good for the brain) and lowers cholesterol; it also keeps blood sugar stable for those with diabetes.

Green tea has a calming effect, helping you to slow down and relax.

Green Tea
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For best results, a premium, loose-leaf green tea should be brewed for a short period and taken cold or warm. If it's too hot, its effectiveness will be reduced, and the result will be a bitter taste.

Black Assam Tea

Black tea owns its origin to India, specifically the Assam District. Today, it is grown all over the world, with two of the largest producers being India and Sri Lanka.

The growth of the plant used for black tea thrives in warm, moist climates and sub-tropical forests.

Black tea contains Thearubigins and Theaflavins, two types of antioxidants that help reduce levels of cholesterol.

Studies show that drinking three or more cups a day can help reduce the risk of stroke by twenty-one percent.

Black tea is best served hot and may be served with milk or lemon. The steeping time should not be more than four to five minutes.

White Tea

White tea is grown and harvested primarily in the Fujian province of China. However, in recent times, Taiwan, Northern Thailand, Galle (Southern Sri Lanka), Eastern Nepal and India are also producing it.

White tea contains catechins that help to fight cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Regular intake of white tea may also reduce cancer recurrence for survivors.

Hot water added to white tea will scald the leaves if it's too hot, making the tea taste bitter. A temperature of 65°C – 77°C is ideal.

It is preferable to take white tea unadulterated as any addition of milk or sugar may cause it to lose its subtle taste.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is a refreshing drink of dried Chamomile flowers and hot water.

Chamomile itself is a traditional medicinal herb that grows freely in pastures, cornfields, and other sunny, well-drained areas.

It is native to western Asia, India, and western Europe.

Chamomile tea contains antioxidants that can help kerb the growth of cancer cells. Regular intake can also help prevent loss of vision, nerve damage, and kidney problems.

If you frequently have problems with digestion, a cup of Chamomile is what you need. It is also used to combat coughs and bronchitis.

When making Chamomile tea, you shouldn't let the water boil for too long, as soon as you see small bubbles forming, you have the right temperature for your tea. Just steep for five minutes or add sugar, lemon, or honey as desired.

Researchers and scientists will undoubtedly discover many other benefits of tea, but what we already know about this wonder-beverage means that a regular cup of tea is a healthy sip in the right direction.

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