Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Let's goto Wonderland

I have recently, for about a month now, switched from drinking coffee to tea. And honestly, I thought I wouldn't be able to do it, but thanks to David's tea I did! The reason I say this is because David's tea provides a range of teas to suit with your taste or even to suit with the health benefit you want. For example, their "Cloud nine" tea is a mixture of an herb called Wort, black tea, black currents and acai berries; which altogether creates a blend to treat anxiety and depression.

After drinking tea instead of coffee, I have been very interested as to how tea is formed and what the health benefits are of each. There are 4 main categories of teas: Black tea, Green Tea, White Tea and Oolong Tea. Each of them may have several different health benefits and many similarities too! For instance, all teas contain antioxidants which slow down cancerous cell growth within the body. Okay, it may not cure cancer or prevent it, but what's the harm in trying to inhibit it with tasteful teas? 

Let me explain how all these teas are made: Whether it is black tea or green tea they all come from the same plant called the "Camellia Sinensis" and the reason why each is different is because they are all oxidized in a different way to produce different types of teas. The process is known as fermentation, or oxidation.

Flavor: varies from spicy, fruity, or even flowery.

Fermentation process: Black teas are oxidized over 45 to 60 mins after processing - which is the reason their tastes are more pronounced.

Health Benefits of BLACK tea:
  • It is known to lower the risk of heart strokes by reducing the artery clots.
  • The little amounts of caffeine found in Black tea promotes blood flow to the brain without overstimulating the heart like coffee does. (Have you ever drank coffee to the point where you feel like your head is pounding and your heart is beating fast? Well, black tea doesn't! Try drinking this instead of your regular coffee!)
  • Improves cardiac blood flow and coronary function.
  • "Pu-erh" tea is a particular type of Chinese black tea which is known for its ability to boost metabolism to help with the breakdown of fat within the body.
 I am currently drinking: David's tea's black tea called, "Love tea #7" which contains chocolate bits, strawberries and rose petals. (Too good to be true!)

Flavor: fresh, light, grassy. (The first time I tried this tea made me think of "wood" but as I grew more accustomed to drinking it, all I can really use to describe it is "light")

Fermentation process: Green tea is only steamed and doesn't undergo a fermentation process - which is why these teas are known to be the healthiest, because a lot of proteins found within the tea leaves are destroyed in the oxidation process.

Health benefits of GREEN tea:

  • There is a good amount of Vitamin C found in green teas which allows the body's immunity system to boost.
  • Strengthens bones and prevents tooth decay due to the amount of fluoride in green tea; which, in effect, could prevent arthritis.
  • Reduces cholesterol levels and quickens metabolism more than black tea does. (Why do you think most Japanese people are thin? Because after meals it is a custom in their culture to drink green tea.)
  • Kidney problems are often associated with high blood sugar, green tea has the ability to reduce serum glucose (scientific term for blood sugar) which, in turn, prevents kidney failure.

Flavor: vaguely naturally sweet and a slightly malty taste. (Not as distinct of a taste compared to black tea and green tea)

Fermentation process: White teas are grown under the shade to make sure that not even a single ray of light comes into contact with it. It is not oxidized, but after it has grown it is dried by the steaming process.

Health benefits of WHITE tea:

  • White tea is known to minimize the signs of aging. And so, a lot of cosmetic companies use this tea in their anti-aging beauty products.
  • It has been known to provide the skin and skin cells protection from the sun and its harmful ultraviolet rays!
I haven't tried this tea yet, but I am so tempted to as most of what I have read about it says that it is really sweet and may have a flowery flavor to it. It is also known as the most expensive of all teas!

Flavor: tastes like that of black teas.

Fermentation process: Oolong teas are semi-fermented which is the process that comes in between the making of black teas and green teas.

Health benefits of OOLONG tea:

  • Oolong tea has long been known for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
  • Oolong teas have the same benefits of BOTH the green and black teas!
Oolong teas are the oldest tea manufacturing process in the world!

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