Tea has been a treasured drink and an integral part of various cultures across the world. A cup of tea has the ability to energize and prepare you for your day as well as lighten your mood and help relax from the stress of a long day. A few leaves that boil, spread an enchanting aroma and cuddle us to happiness. There are various varieties of tea that come with benefits of their own and finding the right tea mate could be the secret to a healthy and happy life.
The varieties of Tea-
1. White tea
White tea is the least oxidized variety of all and hence comes with various medicinal benefits intact. The leaves look fresh out and with 20% catechins and potent antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, white tea is an extremely healthy drink to enjoy.
Benefits: White tea is widely used in beauty products especially because of its amazing benefits to the skin. It is also quite effective to aid weight loss and strengthens the heart.
2. Green tea
Enriched with the green color, green tea undergoes minimalistic processing before it reaches your hands. The tea leaves are simply heated to prevent oxidation and this helps in retaining the antioxidants. Over 15- 20% of dried green tea contains catechins which activate its antimicrobial actions.
Benefits: Green tea is particularly rich in antioxidants and helps prevent free radical damage. Green Tea counters aging effects and also enhances heart health. Other benefits include balancing cholesterol and blood sugar, aids in weight loss and also help prevent cancer.
3. Oolong tea
The tea leaves are oxidized to brown and give benefits to both black and green tea. It has ample polyphenols and antioxidant properties which are very good for your health.
Benefits: This tea is an integral part of Chinese culture and is particularly effective to treat weak kidney. It helps in enhancing metabolism and aids in weight loss. It also improves digestion and treats eczema.
4. Black Tea
Black tea is filled with vitamins and loaded with antioxidant properties. This tea is oxidized completely and this adds aroma and flavor to the drink.
Benefits: Black tea is a magic ingredient that can turn the age clock. It can heal adverse effects due to pollution, or other environmental effects as well as that of aging. It is also a great treatment for blood sugar problems and gastrointestinal disorders.
5. Puerh tea
Puerh Tea is fermented apart from being oxidized which enhances opens a unique chemical composition.
Benefits: This tea brims with medicinal properties and is a great detox agent. It Is also an amazing hangover cure.
6. Rooibos tea
This is a caffeine-free herbal tea and comes with much lower levels of tannins. This is consumed commonly in South Africa and is made from fermented leaves of a shrub called Aspalathus Linearis.
Benefits: The tea is rich in vitamin C, iron, zinc and potassium and can be used for teeth, bone and skin health. It also helps in preventing and treating pancreatic cancer and diabetes.
Other varieties of tea you might like to explore include
- Chamomile Tea
- Mint Tea
- Fruit tea
- Yellow tea
- Kombucha Tea
- Peppermint Tea
- Hibiscus Tea, and
- Macha Tea
which come with enriching flavors and health benefits. The Indian Chai Tea filled with herbs and spices is yet another amazing tea to cherish.
By Varshnee Raj