"Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one."
Tea is a natural and health drink. Modern research indicates that tea contents lots of nutrients that help to build up good health. Tea refers to the agricultural products of the leaves, leaf buds, and internodes of the Camellia sinensis plant, prepared and cured by various methods. "Tea" also refers to the aromatic beverage prepared from the cured leaves by combination with hot or boiling water, and is the colloquial name for the Camellia sinensis plant itself.
After water, tea is the most widely-consumed beverage in the world. It has a cooling, slightly bitter, astringent flavor.
About Green Tea:
Green tea products have become increasingly common on the market today. Used for thousands of years in both China and Japan, green tea is reputed to provide major health benefits. Since its discovery, green tea has become renowned for its pharmacological properties. While green tea is not classified as a medicine, it does contain medicinal substances. To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- high cholesterol levels
- cariovascular disease
- impaired immune function
What makes green tea so special?
Black Tea comes from the same leaf as green tea so it has anti-oxidants just like green tea does. These anti-oxidants help the body in many ways. In recent studies, black tea has been found to cut down on artery clogging which in turn can help with heart disease. One recent study has shown black tea to help blood vessel functionality as much as 50%.
The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.
New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November, 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.
Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea - from deodorants to creams - are starting to appear on the market.
About Black Tea:
Black tea is known to decrease stomach acids which will prevent gastritis. Black tea also contains fluoride which helps prevent tooth decay. There are several different ways to prepare black tea, here are a few different variations to help promote natural healing in the body.
Black Tea Benefits:
A second benefit of black tea is that it helps to prevent and knock out viruses. A few studies has shown that black tea helps to render virusus inactive. This makes it a much quicker process to get rid of a virus and also helps prevent getting a virus.
One more huge benefit of black tea is that cuts the risk of cancer. This has been known about green tea for awhile now, but this same benefit also holds true for black tea. Many doctors believe that this is due to the anti-oxidants in the black tea.