Tea drinking is good for your health. Are you a tea drinker? Why are you being encouraged to drink tea when you might prefer to drink coffee or chocolate? What is it about tea that is good for your health?

Claims made by research relating to tea come from various sources – the levels of strength of effectiveness and details of research results will depend on where, why, and how the research was undertaken.

White Tea – Least processed tea, rich in antioxidants. May assist weight loss, may lower rate of insulin resistance. May reduce skin ageing, may reduce heart disease. Can help weight loss, can protect teeth from bacteria. May protect against osteoporosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Green Tea – more oxidised than other types of teas. Hydrating and relaxing, helps brain function. May protect against ageing, may protect against some cancers. Can have oral health benefits, may assist in preventing Type 2 diabetes. May assist with preventing cardiac vascular disease. Indicators of helping with weight loss and living longer.

Black Tea – is more oxidised than other types of teas. Antioxidants – health benefits, can benefit heart.        Can reduce cholesterol, may help with gut health, blood pressure, and reduce stroke risk, and lower sugar levels.

Oolong Tea – Reduces risk of heart disease, claims to reduce level of some cancers. Decreases inflammation, fights obesity, may help diabetes. May help brain function, relieve eczema, may help oral disease.

Tea has been around for a long time. According to research tea is said to have originated in China around 2737 BC – a long time ago! When steaming the leaves of the Camillia Sensis which grew in Southern Asia the outcome appeared to indicate there was value for medical use. It was also discovered that by chewing tea leaves, or brewing by steaming, the result was a pleasant drink. The benefits are such that the Chinese have consumed tea over the centuries and continue to do so. Taiwan was particularly famous for its Oolong and green tea. It was into AD before other countries such as Japan and Korea were drinking tea. Through tea drinking the special tea drinking ceremonies were introduced. It is likely that tea arrived over time in other Asian countries.

It was not until the 16th Century that tea became known in the west and occurred because of those who travelled from the west to the east to visit China. The travellers were mainly merchants who returned to their home countries with a range of goods that are likely to have included tea which no doubt had been experienced during their visit to China. 

By the 17th Century in Britain tea became a drink of interest by the wealthy. It was a a long time before tea was sold in grocery shops and the shops set up specifically to sell tea. When that happened, the general population took an interest in tea.

Of the various types of tea, it was Black tea that was more popular than green tea but the drinkers tended to add sugar and milk to their tea and did not follow the traditional approach taken by the Chinese. It was in in the 17th Century that the British introduced tea production, and as a drink, to India.

Historically, the Americans, after the huge rise in the cost of tea along with the introduction of the Tea Act, and the Boston Tea Party (1773), moved from drinking tea to drinking coffee. Canada also moved from tea to coffee.

Brazilians were introduced to tea resulting from their connection with Portugal, and Brazil became a strong producer of tea for most of the 20th Century. Sri Lanka for example produces tea of a high quality – the British plantations were taken over by the Government in the 1960s then were released for privatisation and are now operated by several companies.

When the British arrived in Australia it was inevitable that tea drinking was a focus and importing tea was important. Interestingly, it was eventually discovered that the Aboriginal people of Australia had long been drinking a ‘tea’ from a plant now referred to as the ti tree.

Although many other countries are also tea drinkers their soil conditions do not always suitable for growing tea trees. However, there are people in those countries that are now experimenting and in some are beginning to achieve success.

If you prefer to have coffee but recognise that a supplement for green tea may be helpful you possibly can find one at a chemist but there is a nutritional product – Tegreen 97 available through www.liveyoungstrategy.mynuskin.com

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Sources:

www.healthline.com>to-10-evidence

www.healthbenefitstimes.com> grean tea, white tea, black tea, Oolong tea

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