Sunday, February 8, 2009

Green and Black/Red Tea

It is well known that tea is good for you. However there are different types of tea, and they have different properties. The four most common teas are black tea/red tea, green tea, white tea, and oolong tea.

Green tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis which is from Theaceae family. It is processed with the lowest oxidation (unfermented). Black/Red tea is also from Camellia sinensis but it is fully oxidized(fermented).

Green and Black/Red Tea:
  • It contains 10 times the amount of antioxidants found in fruits and veggies(catechin polyphenols, and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
  • Lowers LDL cholesterol levels, lowers chances of heart disease and development of certain cancers(polyphenols- detoxifies cell-damaging free radicals), faster recovery from heart attacks, boosts metabolism, block allergic responsse
  • Contains fluorides (Prevents teeth decay: they protect tooth enamel from acids and it reduces the number of cavities)
  • Contains Vitamins B1(aka thiamin),B2(aka riboflavin), B6(aka pyridoxal phosphate): they help convert blood sugar into energy, C(aka L-ascorbate): acts as a catalyst in the production of collagen, and potassium: role in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the body
  • Contains tannin which activates the thrombocytes for rapid clotting

Tea is good for you inside and out. You should drink tea (green is better because it has less caffeine) instead of water because all water has is just H2O while tea has all of the things listed above. It is recommended that you drink 10 cups of tea per day. Tea can be used on the skin and can be stored in a spray bottle. Its best if you spray it on a few times a day to protect your skin from the sun by detoxifying your skin and encourage production of collagen.

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