Potent Brews: Tea

May 21, 2012 Comments Off

Mankind has been drinking different types of brews since the ancient times. Multifarious herbs and plants are used to make teas of distinctive tastes and purposes. It is conceived that the origin of tea lies somewhere around southwest China back in 10th Century BC and was introduced to Europe in the mid of 17th century AD. Tea is a beverage made from plants. Leaves from these plants are treated and then boiled with water to give tea different benefits and aromas. People drink tea perpetually because of it’s benefits. Typically, tea contains antioxidants, polyphenol and flavonoids that are beneficial to human health in several ways. Other noteworthy brews have their distinct benefits. Among many different healthy teas, the following are some consumed commonly.

Black Tea

It is the most banal tea consumed today. Like most other teas, it is made from a plant, Camellia sinensis. The leaves of the plant are fermented for a certain period of time after which the leaves are dried, rolled and crushed. Black tea contains about 40mg of caffeine in each serving, which is the highest amount compared to other teas. It also contains several antioxidants and daily intake of black tea reduce the chances of a cardiac arrest.

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea contains about 30mg of caffeine in each serving. This is because fermentation is not allowed to take place for a longer time. Conventionally oolong tea’s leaves are reused three to five times before using new ones. This is because the taste and effects of the leaves augment after first use. Oolong tea is commonly used to attain weight loss. It contains the ingredients required to dissolve triglycerides.

Green Tea

This tea contains about 25mg of caffeine in each cup. It is another type of tea, consumed commonly. Its use is more famous for patients with high cholesterol, heart disease and carcinoma. It contains antioxidants that help alleviate immunity against cardiac malfunctions. It reduces the risk of stroke and formation of carcinogenic cells.

White Tea

It contains the least amount of caffeine, compared to its sisters from camellia sinensis; about 15mg per cup. This is a lightly oxidized tea, more common in China, and it reduces risks of cancer and heart disease.

Savored Teas

This is not a type of tea, but it is augmenting different teas with savors or flavors to enhance the way they taste. For example, black tea has a bitter taste when used without adding sugar and/or other flavors. Therefore, In South-East Asia, it is boiled in milk; sugar is added and then served.

Herbal Teas

Herbal teas are different teas made from myriad types of herbs. In countries like Pakistan, medical practitioner called Hakeems, study herbs for four years before graduating as a licensed practitioner. These Hakeems utilize mixtures of different herbs to cure and treat various diseases.

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