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Health benefits of tea
The possible beneficial health effects of tea consumption have been suggested and supported by some studies, but others have not found beneficial effects.
Studies claim that the polyphenol content of green tea has antioxidant properties that can help prevent cancer, however research is ongoing.
There is also a suggestion that it can increase endurance in exercise by improving fat metabolism.
One should consult a doctor before using high concentrations of tea for disease prevention.
Ingestion of large amounts of tea may cause nutritional and other problems because of the strong binding activities of tea polyphenols and the caffeine content, although no solid data exist concerning harmful effects of tea consumption.
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 ounces butter, softened
- 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 2 teaspoons Rishi Organic Matcha Powder
MATCHA OREO FILLING RECIPE DIRECTIONS:
If available, Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafer Cookies are ideal for this recipe.
Matcha Cream Cheese Filling:
In a medium mixing bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Reduce speed of mixer and sift in the confectioner’s sugar and matcha while periodically scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. When fully incorporated, increase the speed and continue beating for 1 minute, until smooth and smooth. Cover filling with plastic or transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip.
Spread or pipe filling on the flat side of a chocolate cookie in an even layer about 2″ across and 3/4″ thick. Top with another cookie, flat side down, and gently press on the center of the cookie to squeeze the filling to the edges. Store in airtight container at room temperature for 2 days or in freezer for 1 week.
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Health benefits of drinking matcha tea include improved mental alertness and clarity, stronger immune defense and detoxification. Polyphenols and catechin-rich matcha promotes relaxation and contributes beneficially in prevention and treatment of various medical conditions including bacterial, fungal and viral infections, cancer and type-2 diabetes. It also assists in maintaining cardiovascular health, gastrointestinal health and works as a superb energy booster.
What is Matcha?
Matcha or maccha is a finely ground, bright emerald-green tea powder. It is a natural, organic green tea which has been the heart of the famous Japanese tea ceremony for over 900 years. The Buddhist monks honored matcha tea as the ‘health elixir’ for its potential to heighten the concentration and enhance the metabolism.
Originating in China in 9th century, matcha was used as drug for curing various ailments. However, its word somehow got elapsed in China. It was only after the Zen Buddhist monks from Japan realized its true potential at the end of twelfth century, the perfection in the cultivation of matcha picked up. Matcha is still scarcely grown accounting for just 0.6% of total tea yield.
Matcha is prepared from a high-quality shade-grown leaf known as tencha. The tea bushes are sheltered to avoid the exposure of direct sunlight which reduces the pace of photosynthesis and slows down the growth of the plants. This provides the leaves with a darker shade of green and stimulates the production of chlorophylland amino acids.
Harvesting of matcha is done by hand to ensure selection of youngest and smallest leaves for the finest quality tea. Unlike other green teas, leaves used for matcha are briefly steamed to protect them from oxidation and preserve its flavor and nutritional content. This is followed by ultra-fine milling of the tencha leaves by using granite stone mills resulting in a beautiful green powder which is the raw material for matcha tea. After being prized in Japan for scores of years, recently matcha has been gaining recognition in the western world attributing to its unique flavor and remarkable therapeutic qualities.
Nutritional Value of Matcha Tea
Matcha is a time-honored beverage which is source of vitamin A, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, Vitamin E, vitamin K and trace minerals. Matcha is rich in components with super antioxidant activity including polyphenols, catechins and chlorophyll. Presence of amino acids such as L-theanine and theophylline in the matcha tea makes it a multi nutrient-packed drink.
Health Benefits of Matcha Tea
Health benefits of matcha tea for medical conditions have been discussed as under:
Stronger immune system: As mentioned above, matcha contains various antioxidants, polyphenols, EGCG, L-theanine which collectively contribute in boosting the immune defense of the body and helps provide protection against various antigens.
Antioxidant power:Matcha stores a wealth of natural antioxidants and polyphenols. A research study assessing the antioxidant power of matcha tea has revealed that as compared to other green teas matcha has the highest amount of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an extremely healthful component with numerous benefits. These antioxidants seek out for the oxygen free radicals and neutralize their harmful effects thereby, protecting the body from the occurrence of disorders or inflammations associated with the oxidative stress.
Type-2 diabetes: Matcha tea may prove valuable for maintaining healthy metabolism in diabetic individuals. Antioxidant rich matcha tea aids in reducing the levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol and hepatic glucose content in the diabetic individuals. An investigative research conducted on diabetic subjects administered with matcha tea has shown that matcha exerts inhibitory action against the renal and hepatic damage by restraining the accumulation of advanced glycation end products in the kidneys.
Cardiovascular health: Another valuable action exerted by epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) present in match is the maintenance of cardiovascular health. Richness of this component in matcha tea makes it a potent potion to keep cholesterol levels low. A research study has suggested that EGCG helps in reducing the accumulation of lipids and promotes autophagy in the vascular endothelial cells.
Energy enhancer: Matcha contains a healthy form of caffeine not to be mistaken with the one present in the regular coffee. This unique form caffeine known as theophylline sustains the energy levels without any adverse effects. The slow release of energy due to theophylline helps in supporting the functionality of adrenal glands and maintains optimum hormonal levels.
Detoxification: Chlorophyll present in matcha tea accentuates its effectiveness in cleansing process of the body. Chlorophyll is an excellent detoxifier which helps in cleansing the blood. It aids in maintaining the alkalinity of blood and tissues. Chlorophyll also helps in preventing the association of harmful toxins with colon walls and flushes them out of the body.
Mental alertness and calming effect: Matcha tea works wonderfully well in providing a calming effect to the body. L-theanine, a unique amino acid present in matcha green tea possesses anti-anxiolytic properties and which assists in boosting alpha waves in the brain. These alpha waves encourage relaxation and induce a profound feeling of mental clarity and more alert state of mind just as is imparted by the yoga techniques. A study conducted on theanine suggests that theanine acts as neurotransmitter which exerts calming effect on the brain without causing any drowsiness. This soothing effect provided by matcha helped the Buddhist monks in maintaining deep concentration during their meditation sessions and was the main reason behind its popularity. Another study has revealed the anti-stress effects of theanine present in matcha which assists in reducing the physiological and psychological stress responses by inhibiting the neuron excitation.
Protection from infections: As stated above, matcha tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is also effective in fighting against various bacterial, viral and fungal infections. An investigative research has suggested that EGCG binds to the lipid membrane and exerts inhibitory action against growth of various important human pathogens including influenza A virus, hepatitis B and C virus, herpes virus, adenovirus Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and Candida albicans yeast.
Protection against HIV:Epigallocatechin present in matcha is also efficient in the prevention of HIV. Along with this, consumption of matcha tea may also help in protecting the brain of HIV patients. This defensive act attributes to the penetration power of epigallocatechin through the blood brain barriers which is not feasible for the commercially available anti-retroviral drugs.
Gastrointestinal health:Match tea is useful for treating gastrointestinal disorders. A research study conducted in this field has revealed that consumption of matcha stimulates the fecal excretion and helps the body to get rid of harmful chemicals and toxins.
Cancer prevention: Matcha assists in the prevention of cancer attributing to the presence of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which has chemopreventive properties. Multiple studies have shown that polyphenols present in matcha tea prevents the proliferation of malignant cancerous cells, promotes induction of apoptosis and assists in the reducing the risk of developing various cancers including bladder cancer and colorectal cancer. EGCG exerts inhibitory activities and works against the progression of human breast and prostate tumors as well.
Culinary usage: Apart from healthy gains, matcha is widely popular as an ingredient in a range of food items. Matcha is used to add flavor to a variety of western-style confectionary items including chocolates, cakes, candies, cookies and green tea ice-creams. Recently, a number of famous cafes in North America and around have introduced matcha based drinks such as smoothies, milk shakes, lattes and alcoholic beverages.
Matcha: A word of caution
Matcha is a healthy green tea with multi-dimensional benefits. However, it contains some amount of caffeine which may trigger allergic reactions in some susceptible individuals. Allergic reactions may include diarrhea, cardiac arrhythmia and irritable bowel syndrome. Caffeine can also cause drug interactions basis the amount consumed. If you are new to matcha and are unaware of its sensitivities, then it is always advisable to ensure natural vigilance while trying it for the first time. Prior considering matcha tea for therapeutic purposes, an expert medical opinion would always help to better understand its effects especially during special conditions such as pregnancy and lactation.
Matcha has superior potential health benefits as compared to other green teas. According to a popular adage, there is special etiquette which is followed in Japan while drinking this tea .i.e. ‘if you drink matcha with your back straight, the pleasure of the experience would double’. Matcha is the only tea in which the entire tea leaf is dissolved in the water providing the maximum benefits of natural components present in the matcha tea. Chlorophyll present in matcha assists in wound-healing and also exerts anti-inflammatory actions. Apart from these, matcha possesses anti-aging properties, helps in keeping the blood pressure low, provides relief from constipation, stimulates the mood and helps create a feeling of overall wellbeing.
A cup of Japanese Hojicha
|Turkey||6.96 lb (3.16 kg)|
|Ireland||4.83 lb (2.19 kg)|
|United Kingdom||4.28 lb (1.94 kg)|
|Russia||3.05 lb (1.38 kg)|
|Morocco||2.68 lb (1.22 kg)|
|New Zealand||2.63 lb (1.19 kg)|
|Egypt||2.23 lb (1.01 kg)|
|Poland||2.2 lb (1.00 kg)|
|Japan||2.13 lb (0.97 kg)|
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|South Africa||1.79 lb (0.81 kg)|
|Netherlands||1.72 lb (0.78 kg)|
|Australia||1.65 lb (0.75 kg)|
|Chile||1.61 lb (0.73 kg)|
|United Arab Emirates||1.59 lb (0.72 kg)|
|Germany||1.52 lb (0.69 kg)|
|Hong Kong||1.43 lb (0.65 kg)|
|Ukraine||1.28 lb (0.58 kg)|
|China||1.25 lb (0.57 kg)|
|Canada||1.12 lb (0.51 kg)|
|Malaysia||1.06 lb (0.48 kg)|
|Indonesia||1.01 lb (0.46 kg)|
|Switzerland||0.97 lb (0.44 kg)|
|Czech Republic||0.93 lb (0.42 kg)|
|Singapore||0.81 lb (0.37 kg)|
|Slovakia||0.8 lb (0.36 kg)|
|India||0.72 lb (0.33 kg)|
|Taiwan||0.65 lb (0.29 kg)|
|Sweden||0.64 lb (0.29 kg)|
|Hungary||0.62 lb (0.28 kg)|
|Norway||0.6 lb (0.27 kg)|
|Austria||0.59 lb (0.27 kg)|
|Finland||0.54 lb (0.24 kg)|
|United States||0.5 lb (0.23 kg)|
|Argentina||0.47 lb (0.21 kg)|
|Israel||0.45 lb (0.20 kg)|
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|South Korea||0.37 lb (0.17 kg)|
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|Italy||0.31 lb (0.14 kg)|
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|Portugal||0.14 lb (0.064 kg)|
|Thailand||0.11 lb (0.050 kg)|
|Philippines||0.06 lb (0.027 kg)|
|Greece||0.05 lb (0.023 kg)|
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|Peru||0.05 lb (0.023 kg)|
|Colombia||0.04 lb (0.018 kg)|
|Brazil||0.04 lb (0.018 kg)|
|Mexico||0.03 lb (0.014 kg)|
- Quartz. (n.d.). Annual per capita tea consumption worldwide as of 2016, by leading countries (in pounds). In Statista – The Statistics Portal. Retrieved April 12, 2018, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/507950/global-per-capita-tea-consumption-by-country/.
Brainwaves, Tea, & Health
Brainwave Activity & Green Tea
- April 18, 2012
In next month’s issue of the medical journal Appetite, researchers at the Center for Human Psychopharmacology are publishing a paper entitled, “Acute Neurocognitive Effects of Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG).” EGCG is one of the key flavonoid phytonutrients found in the Camellia sinensis, the plant from which green, white, black, and oolong teas are made. Using an electroencephalogram, they were able to anatomically match changes in brain wave activity to the feelings of a relaxed alertness that participants reported when consuming the tea phytonutrients, compared to a double-blinded placebo. I delve into a different phytonutrient—theanine—in my NutritionFacts.org video pick today, which offers another neurological basis for humanity’s love affair with tea (see above).
In 1973, scientists discovered that we have specific receptors in our brain for opiate drugs like heroin and morphine. Since we didn’t evolve shooting up, it stood to reason that there were natural compounds produced by our bodies that fit into those receptors. So we went looking, discovered them, and named them “endogenous morphines,” or endorphins for short. And endorphins are good, they’re our natural pain relievers, released during exercise, the consumption of spicy food, and orgasm. So, there are healthier ways to stimulate these receptors than shooting up heroin.
In 1990, scientists discovered that we have specific receptors in our brain for the active ingredient in marijuana as well, cannabinoids like THC. Since we didn’t evolve toking up, it stood to reason that there were natural compounds produced by our bodies that fit into those receptors. So we went looking, discovered them, and named them endocannabinoids, endogenous cannabinoids. And endocannabinoids are good too, they’re one of our body’s ways to ease nausea, ease pain, and generally chill us out. The question is, is there a way to get the good without the bad, stimulate these receptors without smoking marijuana? And, yes, you guessed it, researchers found you can stimulate those same receptors by drinking tea (as detailed in my video Cannabis Receptors & Food).
There are benefits to tea drinking beyond just making us feel good, such as extending our lifespan. This may explain the so-called Asian Paradox, why people living in Asia have lower heart disease and lung cancer rates despite their high level of smoking. How many cups a day of green tea are associated with increased longevity, though? Five. See my 3-minute video The Healthiest Beverage (though note that the final advice on adding soymilk is updated in my Soymilk Suppression? video).
What’s the healthiest way to prepare tea? Check out Cold Steeping Green Tea. Which is healthier, green tea or white tea? Turns out it depends if you add lemon (see Green Tea vs. White). And if drinking tea is good for you, what about eating it? Check out Is Matcha Good for You?.
Best not to add milk to our tea, as dairy appears to block some of the beneficial effects (Nutrient Blocking Effects of Dairy), and soymilk appears to have the same phytonutrient-blocking effect. No data yet on other plant-based milks.
Michael Greger, M.D.
Health benefits of oolong tea include its ability to reduce chronic health conditions such as heart diseases, inflammatory disorders, and high cholesterol levels while providing vital antioxidants and promoting superior bone structure, robust skin, and good dental health. Oolong tea is fragrant with a pleasant aroma and has a fruity flavor. Despite its caffeine content, it is still a relaxing drink.
The health benefits of oolong tea are doubled because of the combined qualities of black tea and green tea. According to the Tea Association  of the United States, this tea falls somewhere between green and black teas, as its leaves are partially oxidized. There are numerous kinds of tea in this world, but oolong tea is one of the most beneficial.
The origin of oolong tea dates back almost 400 years when it found wide usage in China. It is a semi-green fermented tea, but the fermentation process is halted as soon as the tea leaves start to change their color.
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Oolong Tea Nutrition Facts
This tea is a natural gift that is rich in antioxidants. It also contains vital vitamins and minerals such as calcium, manganese, copper, carotin, selenium, potassium, and vitamin A, B, C, E, and vitamin K. Additionally, it contains folic acid, niacinamide, and other detoxifying alkaloids. It is developed in semi-fermented processing, which provides the tea with numerous polyphenolic compounds and adds even more valuable health benefits. Oolong tea also contains caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine (similar to caffeine), which on consumption, may stimulate the nervous system.
Health Benefits of Oolong Tea
With so many health benefits and a relaxing effect it has for you, the inclusion of this tea in your diet is a great idea. Let’s have a look at the incredible benefits of oolong tea.
The polyphenolic compound found  in oolong tea is very effective in controlling the metabolism of fat in the body and reducing  obesity. It activates certain enzymes, thereby enhancing the functions of fat cells in the body and a daily consumption of this tea can reduce obesity. In one study, mice that were given polyphenols in addition to a high-fat and high-sugar diet still showed a decline in overall body weight and fat index. Some earlier studies actually showed that the caffeine content was an active ingredient for weight loss, but it now appears to be mainly due to the polyphenols. Apparently, the active components in oolong tea make fat work for you.
Removes Harmful Free Radicals
The polyphenolic compound in oolong tea is also responsible for the removal of free radicals in our body as it functions  as an antioxidant. Therefore, consuming daily doses of oolong tea can help people against the potential harm that these free-moving cells often pose to the body, including cancer, atherosclerosis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, neurodegeneration, and diabetes.
Prevents Ovarian Cancer
Oolong tea is rich in anti-cancer properties. Drinking it helps to significantly lower the risk of developing ovarian cancer in women.
According to scientific experiments, patients diagnosed with eczema can benefit from drinking 3 cups of oolong tea throughout the day. The beneficial results of this tea can be seen in less than a week and these patients will show remarkable improvement in recovering from skin problems. In a 2001 study , 54% of test subjects were found to show positive, long-lasting results in terms of skin conditions after 6 months of daily intake of oolong tea.
Treats Atopic Dermatitis
Although the active mechanism has not been pinpointed exactly, many believe that the polyphenols present in oolong tea also work as anti-allergenic compounds, thereby relieving irritation and chronic skin problems like atopic dermatitis.
Improves Bone Health
The antioxidants present in oolong tea protect teeth against decay, strengthen the bone structure, prevent osteoporosis, and promote normal, healthy growth of the human body. A number of studies have analyzed the long-term effects of drinking this tea, particularly  on bone mineral density (BMD). They showed that people who consistently drank black or oolong tea for more than 10 years were less likely to lose their bone mineral density over that span of time. It is thought that some of the components in this tea actually stimulate the retention of minerals from other foods that we consume.
Oolong tea is used as an herbal brew for treating type-2 diabetic disorders and as an addition to other supplementary drugs for treating the disease. It regulates the amount of blood sugar and insulin in the bloodstream, so the dangerous dips and spikes in blood sugar that can be disastrous for diabetics are reduced. A 2003 study showed  that when combined with regular hyperglycemic drugs, oolong tea further balanced the blood sugar levels and prevented sudden drops in almost all of the test subjects.
It is a well-known fact that tea drinkers have a lower risk of getting skin cancer. Moreover, the polyphenolic compound in oolong tea promotes apoptosis in case of cancerous cell growth in the stomach. This polyphenolic extract also acts as a chemo-preventive instrument against the development  of other cancers as well. The compounds stifle the activation of carcinogenic cells, prevent the formation of N-nitroso compounds, and trap genotoxic agents before they can become effective.
Have a look at the benefits of Oolong Tea in the video below.
In a detailed study conducted at the Osaka Institute for Health Care Science in Japan, the experimental mice in which oolong tea was ingested, showed a remarkable improvement in the stress levels by 10 to 18 %. The natural polyphenols in oolong tea were cited as the main cause of it being a stress-buster. Also, the L-theanine found in tea leaves is an amino acid that blocks L-glutamic acid to glutamate receptors in the brain. This normally causes cortical neuron excitement, which leads to an increased cognitive activity and neural stress responses. Since this amino acid binds to those sites, excitation doesn’t occur, and stress decreases  because you are able to keep your mind at rest.
Improves Mental Health
Health benefits of oolong tea include improved mental performance and alertness. Regular intake of caffeine-rich oolong tea may help in improving mental performance and maintaining alertness throughout the day.
Word of Caution: Despite all of these important effects, it is important to remember that oolong tea tends to be high in caffeine, which is not the healthiest component of this beneficial beverage. Caffeine affects people differently and some of the side effects of excess caffeine are anxiousness, headache, sleeplessness, diarrhea, heartburn, irregular heartbeat, and confusion.
More serious conditions that can be exacerbated by too much caffeine intake are diabetes, heart conditions, anxiety disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, and high blood pressure. Also, drinking too much oolong tea can actually sweep out excess calcium that your body is processing. For patients with osteoporosis, this can speed up bone degradation, even though other elements of oolong tea are helpful for this condition. It is best to use it as a preventive method for bone problems, rather than a treatment.
In other words, drink several cups of oolong tea a day, because it might be the best kind of tea for improving your health and in addition to being a delicious and relaxing treat. That being said, be aware that caffeine is a powerful chemical, and monitor your body’s response to this change in your diet, just as you should with all new foods and nutritional sources.
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Health benefits of white tea include reduced risk of cancer, cardiovascular disorder and improvement in oral health. It has antioxidant and anti-aging properties which help in maintaining good health and healthy skin. It protects skin from the harmful effects of UV light. With its antibacterial properties white tea protects the body from various infection causing bacteria.
White tea provides relief to diabetic people from symptoms such as decrease plasma glucose levels, increase insulin secretion and excessive thirst (polydipsia). Intake of white tea also helps in losing weight.
There are different types of tea that exist in the market today. Green tea, hibiscus tea and chamomile tea are examples of types of tea that people are used to. Intake of tea has for a very long time been known to have positive effects on human beings and this is why the people from the East refer to it as the key ingredient to wisdom, happiness and perfect health.
Though white tea is consumed as a common beverage it has plenty of health benefits that can be accounted for after several studies have been carried out both in the present and in the past as well. Due to these benefits it is considered as a better alternative than coffee which contains high percentage of caffeine.
White tea contains nutrients and antimicrobial qualities that protect the body against occurrence of diseases. Green and black teas are equally beneficial but it is the white tea that undergoes less processing which helps in retaining high levels of phytochemicals. Due to minimal processing the production of white tea requires much lesser time and labor as computed to black tea or green tea production.
History suggests that white tea may have originated in china. With changing dynasties of china in the past the production of white also changed. The modern process that is used emerged in 1700, with time various types of white tea were created using selected type of tea bushes. And after many years the exportation of white tea from china began.
Nutritional value of white tea: White tea contains tannins, fluoride and flavonoids such as catechins and polyphenols. These are responsible for the various health benefits that white tea provides.
Health benefits of White Tea
Antioxidant and antiaging properties: Presences of free radicals in the body is what leads to damage of different body organs including the skin. These radical elements highly contribute to accelerated aging process that again comes with other challenges that are associated with advancement in age. White tea contains polyphenols which helps in of neutralizing these free radicals making them less destructive to the body. Results of a study suggest that white tea may increase antioxidant effects of organs as well as plasma. Another study was done to investigate neuroprotective effect of white tea extract on hydrogen peroxide induced toxicity. The results of this study showed that white tea extracts with its antioxidant properties help in cell neuroprotection. White tea with its antioxidant property may also reduce the risk of premature aging.
Healthy and youthful skin: White tea also helps in maintaining healthy and youthful skin. Use of white tea is recommended due to its antioxidant properties which help in quick repair and recovery of damaged skin. It is also beneficial in protecting skin against effects of ultraviolet light.Oral health: Health benefits of white tea include improvement in oral health. The presence of polyphenols, flavonoids and tannins help in inhibiting growth of various bacteria that may cause plaque formation. The fluoride content found in white tea may also be effective in reducing risk of dental caries or tooth decay/cavity.
Cancer prevention: Just like green tea, white tea may be beneficial in preventing cancer such as lung cancer. Research suggests that white tea is a potential anticancer, chemopreventive agent and its extract may induce apoptosis or cell death and may help in preventing new cell growth in lung cancer. It has antimutagenic properties as well. Further research is needed to identify and confirm anticancer properties of white tea for other types of cancer.
Effects on diabetes: Result of a research study suggests that intake of white tea may provide relief to diabetic people from symptoms such as excessive thirst (polydipsia), decrease plasma glucose levels and increase insulin secretion.Cardiovascular disorder: Flavonoids found in various food products such as white tea, fruits and vegetables is associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular disorder. The flavonoids help decreasing the blood pressure. It also helps in improving dyslipidemia, endothelial function and inhibits low-density lipoprotein oxidation. Consumption of white tea rich in flavonoids may reduce the risk of various cardiovascular disorders.
Antibacterial properties: Diseases and medical conditions are mainly caused by pathogens which attack the immune system making the body to operate under
the normal capacity. White tea has antibacterial properties which can protect our skin from bacteria and other germs. Various products such as hand soap are made using white tea as a key ingredient. Consumption of white tea helps in protecting our body from infection causing bacteria and other microorganisms. Intake of white tea provides relief to those suffering from flu and common cold.
Weight loss: Busy schedules and wrong choice of food can easily lead to weight gain. Shedding off that gained kilo may not be easy especially if there is not time for physical exercise. Living by a given diet plan is one of the ways out of this kind of situation. Some of these diets may not be fun to stick to unlike intake of white tea which is similar to taking any other beverage of choice. Studies suggest that intake of white tea may prevent adipogenesis, the process of formation of fat cells and also known as adipogenesis and may control the life cycle of these fat cells called as adipocytes. This property has also been confirmed to exist in other types of tea.
White Tea- Selection, Consumption Tips
White tea is better when bought and brewed in form of loose leaves Consuming tea brewed from these leaves guarantees the existence of nutrients in their actual form. . This is better than tea bags that have undergone processing.
Brewing process is similar to that of other types of tea. It is always recommended that pure or clean water should be used in brewing. The water should be heated enough but not brought to the boiling point since this may destroy the sensitive components. For a more concentrated tea which is rich in flavor steeping for more minutes is recommended. 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls of white tea leaves is the ideal quantity per cup.
The intake of around 2to 4 cups of white tea has numerous health benefits as compared to consumption of a single cup once in a while. There is nothing wrong is using the same tea leaves in preparation of more than one cup. This actually is cost effective not only in the sense of money but it also allows you to extract all the nutrients contained in those tea leaves as well. The important point to note is that the second brewing should at least take longer than the first time brewing.
Try out different types of white tea that are available in the market to spice up your tea intake. Boredom and getting used to a specific flavor may be discouraging some times. Celebrate good health by increasing intake of white tea today.
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Health Benefits of Green Tea
The many well-researched health benefits of green tea make it a great beverage to include in your diet for the prevention and treatment of cancer, heart problems, cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol levels, rheumatoid arthritis, infection, tooth decay, and many others. Green tea contains an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) which is also helpful in treating a variety of diseases.
Green tea has acquired a prestigious place among beverages and it is one of the first drinks that come to mind in terms of antioxidant components. Within a relatively short time, it has gained a global following of billions and many lovers of normal tea have switched over to green tea because of its undeniable health benefits. Those who are accustomed to normal tea may not like the striking taste of green tea the first time, but between the boost to your health, the ease of access, and the slightly addictive quality of the taste, it will probably win over normal tea lovers in no time.
The question is, what is there in green tea that makes it so special and healthy? Also, what is the correct way to use it? What products available on the market are based on green tea? With any wildly popular health phenomenon, there are plenty of questions, and we have tried to answer the major ones below.
What is Green Tea?
Unbeknownst to many, green tea actually comes from the same plant where normal tea is obtained. Scientifically, it is known as Camellia Sinensis. In fact, it is the same tea but it is processed differently. The normal black tea is obtained by fermenting the tea leaves. This fermentation changes its color and flavor, while raising the level of caffeine and tannin in it. On the other hand, in the case of Green Tea, the tea leaves are dried or slightly steamed but not fermented. This is what makes it look green when it’s brewed.
Nutritional Value: Green Tea
Along with caffeine, which gives green tea its characteristic taste, bitterness and stimulating effect, green tea is also rich in a group of chemicals, called Catechin Polyphenols (Commonly known as Tannins, which contribute to bitter taste and astringency). These Catechin Polyphenols include Catechin, Epicatechin, Epicatechin Gallate (ECG), Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), and various Pro-Anthocyanidins. They are also known as Flavonoids, and are very powerful antioxidants. Flavonoids, together with some amino acids like Thianine, are responsible for the potent flavor of green tea.
Furthermore, green tea also contains Amino Acids such as Theanine, Butyric Acid & Liganin; Xanthine Alkaloids such as Adenine, Dimethylxanthine, Theobromine, Theophylline and Xanthine; Pectin (also found in fruits); saccharides (sugar), Chlorophyll and Triterpene Saponins. Some vitamins, like vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin C and vitamin E are also found in green tea. After that impressive list, perhaps you are beginning to understand how packed green tea is with nutrients and beneficial components.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
The health benefits of green tea are primarily due to its antioxidant properties that come from its caffeine, Catechin Polyphenols and Theonine content. The major health benefits stemming from antioxidant effects are listed below.
Anti-Aging: The free radicals created in the body are responsible for corroding the body in various ways, one of which we see as the signs of aging and the related symptoms. The main job of antioxidants is to neutralize the oxidants or free radicals present in the body and green tea is very rich in antioxidants. The Catechin Polyphenols present in green tea are hugely responsible for the antioxidizing effects, the most powerful among them being the Epigallocatechin Gallate. Therefore, regular consumption of green tea can effectively delay the signs and symptoms of aging.
Stimulating: One of the primary reasons for the popularity and consumption of all kinds of tea by human civilizations is its stimulating effect. This effect, again, is due to the Caffeine and Tannins present within the tea leaves. Caffeine & Tannins, despite their potentially adverse effects on health in the long run, act as very powerful stimulants. That is why a cup of tea makes you feel fresh and highly energized. Tea is an easy and ideal solution to counter fatigue, laziness, sleepiness and lack of energy, and to improve blood circulation. This is why it is so popular with a wide variety of people in various industries, including professionals, housewives, students, and anyone else who has ever felt a bit drowsy during the day!
Immunity Boosting: Research shows that people who regularly drink green tea do not fall victim to common bacterial and viral infections as easily as those who do not add green tea to their diet. The message is clear. Green Tea boosts the strength of the immune system. The Catechins present in green tea prevent bacteria and viruses from attaching themselves to cell walls in order to infect them. These Catechins also counter the toxins released by microbes. This antimicrobial property also protects you from bad breath, dysentery, diarrhea, tooth decay, indigestion, flu, cough & cold, and colitis, all of which are caused, in some way, by microbial & fungal action.
Astringency: This is yet another powerful benefit of green tea. Astringent substances trigger contractions in muscles and tissues, while toning up muscles and skin. Even if you do not wish to drink green tea, a simple, daily mouthwash with green tea can cause sufficient contraction in your gums to keep them firm and tight on the teeth, thus preventing loosening and loss of teeth. You can also wash your hair with green tea and feel it grow stronger and healthier every day.
Anti-carcinogenic: Apart from causing premature aging, free radicals are also responsible for causing certain types of cancer. The Catechins present in green tea neutralize these free radicals, prevent formation of carcinogens like nitrosamines and reduce the risk of cancer for people who regularly consume green tea. Green tea is now being clinically used and prescribed as a home remedy to aid in the prevention of cancer, particularly for those patients at high risk for cancer in the colon, rectum, pancreas and intestines.
Reducing Cholesterol: Green tea has been shown to be effective in reducing cholesterol levels to some extent, probably due to its alkalinity.
Cardiac & Arterial Health: Certain components in green tea prevent thickening of the blood, thereby reducing chances of Arterial Sclerosis, Thrombosis, as well as Cardiac and Cerebral Strokes.
Anti-diabetic: If not taken with sugar, the alkaline nature of green tea helps to reduce the blood glucose level. Moreover, the antioxidant and astringent qualities of green tea ensure good health and better functioning of the pancreas. Improving the function of the pancreas means a more efficient and regulated secretion of insulin and the subsequent improvement in decomposing and absorbing of sugar. This increase in effective functions can help prevent the onset of diabetes.
Weight Loss: Believe it or not, but green tea also helps people lose weight by enhancing the rate of metabolism, thereby promoting a faster consumption of the fat storage of the body. Recently, green tea has replaced many other beverages in the western world as its helps in weight loss, and obesity is still a chronic problem in many places. Drink a cup or two of green tea every morning and you are bound to lose a few pounds of excess weight over a week or so.
Stamina & Endurance Booster: You can prove this quality to yourself quite easily. Just have a cup of hot green tea after some rigorous exercise and within no time, you will be ready for a few more sets. Furthermore, it effectively counters muscular pain due to overexertion of muscles. Although green tea isn’t as widely publicized for western athletes due to the dominant energy drink companies in the market, if you visit Japan & China, you will see that green tea is the premiere beverage used by practitioners of martial arts and various other sports.
Detoxifying: Green tea is the best cure for particularly savage hangovers and fatigue caused by the consumption of alcoholic beverages and lack of sleep due to late night parties. Start your hangover with a large cup of green tea with lemon, and the hangover will quickly fade to a bad memory. Green tea with lemon juice is a very good and popular remedy to eliminate the exhausting effects of alcohol almost instantly.
Types of Green Tea: Green tea has four main varieties prepared in Japan, which depend upon its leaf-length, method of processing, and season of harvesting. They are as follows;
Gyokurocha: In this variety, the tea leaves are plucked from the tip of the branches. When brewed, the color is clear green. Being picked from the tip, this variety has the best taste and fragrance, and this variety is also considered the best in terms of health. Furthermore, it is less bitter, as it contains less tannin and caffeine, since the plucked leaves are younger and still budding. The only drawback to gyokurocha is the high cost, but as we all know, truly high quality solutions for health never come cheap!
Sencha: Sencha Comes from the same plant, but in this green tea variation, the leaves are from the middle of the branch and are bigger, older and less tender than Gyokurocha. This variety gives a clear, light green tea when brewed as well. Naturally, it is more bitter and stronger than the former variety. Being of less noble origin (middle of the branch) and having more caffeine and tannin, it is cheaper and more popular than Gyokurocha.
Bancha: Bancha is made from the tender twigs of the tea plant which makes it very strong and bitter. When brewed, it gives a golden brown tea. This is an even cheaper version of green tea than the previous two.
Matcha: This is the leftover powder of green tea, also called “Dust”. It makes a beautifully green-colored tea and forms a lot of foam (froth), but has a weaker aroma than the leafy varieties. This variety of green tea is very popular in traditional ceremonies, and is sometimes also called Ceremonial Green Tea. It is far less bitter than the other three varieties, so when you sip it, it seems to hold a natural sweetness, particularly if you are familiar with the other varieties.
Houjicha: Also spelled as “Hojicha”, this is not a pure or absolute green tea. Rather, it is mixture of green tea and powdered roasted cereals such as wheat, barley, or rice. The quality and price of this variety depends upon the percentage or ratio of green tea to cereal content. The better ones, having more green tea in them, are more expensive and give greener tea when brewed; while those having higher grain contents yield a golden brown color and are cheaper.
Genmaicha: Like Houjicha, it is not a pure tea either. It is mixture of green tea and roasted brown rice. Upon steeping, it yields a golden yellow tea, very pleasant in both taste and aroma, due to the presence of roasted brown rice.
Decaffeinated Green Tea: This is not a specific variety, but it is worth mentioning here. Any of the above varieties can come in a decaffeinated form.
Other Varieties: The chief varieties mentioned above are blended in different combinations to produce many more varieties with different names, the number of which makes it pointless to list here. Basically, go to a tea shop and explore for yourself!
Risks: The risks associated with green tea are the same as those associated with any other kind of tea (common black tea, White Tea etc.) and are primarily due to the content of Caffeine and Tannin. The contraindications may vary with the percentage of caffeine and tannins in it. Most people might be familiar with these adversities, but it is still important to review and summarize the components responsible, as well as the associated risks.
Triterpene Saponins: These compounds destroy the Red Blood Corpuscles (Erythrocytes), which may aggravate preexisting conditions of anemia, and cause fatigue.
Caffeine: Everyone knows that caffeine is an external stimulant and raises blood pressure, and is actually toxic in nature (it may be fatal for lower animals). Caffeine is also addictive and can have adverse effects on the liver and internal organs over the course of many years. That being said, it is the component of tea which makes it energizing and refreshing, which is why people are willing to risk it.
Tannins: Tannins interfere with the break down of complex proteins into simpler proteins and their subsequent absorption into the body.
Xanthine Alkaloids: Some researchers believe that these alkaloids aggravate and stimulate the formation of uric acid in the body, and thereby they may trigger and aid the formation of stones in the gallbladder and kidneys.
Other Risks: Long-term consumption in excessive quantities may give rise to problems such as insomnia, restlessness, annoyance, irritability, headaches, hypertension, abnormal heartbeat, loss of appetite, spasms, constipation and acute addiction to caffeine. Many times, people who are addicted to caffeine do not feel normal without the substance and suffer from acute constipation, irritation and lack of concentration on anything in the absence of green tea.
Availability of Green Tea: Asian countries like Japan and China are the biggest producers of green tea (they produce the best quality too) and are also its biggest consumers. Green tea available in other markets is found in far smaller quantities than black tea. Moreover, it is still gaining popularity, because with the exception of a few Asian Countries, people around the world are still more familiar with black tea. Still, these days you can get it at any reasonably modern shop. You can also order it from a local tea supplier, over the phone or on the Internet. It is almost invariably imported from China (cheaper) and Japan (more expensive), and is packed in sealed packs of 200grams, 250grams, and 500grams. It is better not to go for the bigger packs if it is easily available around you, so the tea will remain fresh. Also, always check the date of manufacturing and packing before you buy.
Industrial Process-1: In this procedure, green tea leaves are treated with Ethyl Acetate, which drains out most of the caffeine. Unfortunately, you lose many of the antioxidant Polyphenols and vitamins along with the caffeine.
Industrial Process-2: This involves the processing of tea leaves with water and carbon dioxide and is better in terms of retaining the beneficial Polyphenols.
Domestic Process: This is a very simple process. It involves repeated steeping of tea in hot water and then disposal of the water (you may use this tea to serve those who don’t mind having caffeinated tea). The more you repeat the process, the less caffeine there will be left in the tea, but the same is true of the taste and flavor. Basically, don’t over do it. Two or three steeps is probably safe. After all, you do want tea and not plain, hot water, right?
Additional Information: Do you know what the term “Cha” means, which is often found in the names of various qualities of green tea such as Gyokurocha, Sencha, Bancha, Matcha, and Houjicha? It simply means “Tea”, and tea is extremely popular all over India as “Cha” (In Bengal & adjacent states) and “Chai” in the other areas. Just some fun facts for you to share with other tea lovers over your next cup of green tea.