Green, black, white, oolong or pu-erh, whatever your taste preference, these traditional teas from the Camellia sinesis plant deliver a potent brew of health benefits. Scientists have shown that tea can help our heart, reduce cancer risks and protect us against sun damage thanks to powerful compounds found in the leaves. Each tea’s characteristics depend on when the leaves are picked and if they are allowed to wither or turn black, a process called oxidation. White and green teas come from shoots and leaves that are not yet oxidized and retain the most beneficial anti-oxidant properties. Oolong, black or pu-erh tea are oxidized and have higher caffeine levels. Here’s why a cuppa should be a part of your daily routine.
White tea comes from the young shoots of the tea plants and is the most delicate tasting, caffeine-free tea.
Health Benefit: White tea is a good germ fighter, especially for bacteria that causes strep, pneumonia and tooth infections.
Try: Teatulia Organic White Tea Pyramid bags for a mild tea with peachy notes.
Green tea is a light tasting tea from green leaves of the plant that are heated to stop oxidation.
Health Benefits: An anti-oxidant compound in green tea called EGCG can dramatically slow the growth of cancerous tumors. When a protein found on the surface of cancer cells is treated with tea’s EGCG, the cancer cells growth is significantly reduced. Drinking just 2 or 3 cups a day produces anticancer effects, especially in lung, breast and prostate cancer. Green tea also helps make your skin more resistant to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The tea reduces inflammation caused by damaging sun rays, keeping wrinkles in check.
Try: Teatulia Organic Green Tea Pyramid bags with whole green leaves and a tea bud for maximum antioxidants.
Oolong tea is partially oxidized and medium-bodied falling somewhere between a green tea and a black tea in taste and caffeine levels.
Health Benefit: Oolong tea lowers our LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and prevents arteries from clogging.
Black tea is made from fully oxidized leaves that have turned dark and it’s favored for its robust flavor.
Health Benefit: Studies have shown that women who regularly drink black tea have a much lower risk of ovarian cancer.
Try: Republic of Tea Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling Black Tea with rich, dark grape notes.
Pu-erh tea is a very dark, aged tea, fully oxidized for a strong, earthy taste with high caffeine levels.
Health Benefit: Pu-erh has been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels due to a natural form of lovastatin that’s found in the tea.
Tea for two or to go? A tea tasting is the perfect way to experience the subtleties of various teas. Tea Forte Rare Imperial Tea Gift Set offers different six limited edition teas, a proper artisan-crafted cast-iron teapot for brewing and two traditional sipping cups. Pharmaca’s Triple Insulated Hot and Cold Beverage Bottle with Tea Strainer keeps tea warm for 8 hours, a great way to keep sipping throughout the day.