Friday, April 3, 2015

[Yakson House] Health benefits of tea

It has been raining all day in Korea.

How about drinking a cup of tea on days like this.

Tea is officially awesome for your heatlh. But before loading up on Red Zinger, make 

sure that your "tea" is actually tea. Real tea is derived from a particular plant and 

includes only four varieties: green, black, white, and oolong. Anything else (like herbal 

"tea" is an infusion of a different plant and isn't technically tea. 

Let's find out what health benefits tea have.

1. Tea can boost exercise endurance. Scientists have found that the catechins 

(antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body's ability to burn fat as fuel, which 

accounts for improved muscle endurance. 

2.  Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack. Tea might also help 

protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases. 

3. Tea is hydrating to the body (even despite the caffeine!)

4. Regular tea drinking might also counteract some of the negative effects of 

smoking and might even lessen the risk of lung cancer.

5. Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.

The list below are the well known tea that is very beneficial to your heatlh. 

Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder,breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of thearteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.

Black tea: Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeinecontent and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.

White tea: Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.

Oolong tea: In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed 
as a weight loss supplement, but science hasn’t backed the claims.

Pu-erh tea: Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. One animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.

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