Properties of Tea

The tea shrub, also known as Camellia sinensis, produces one of the healthiest beverages known today. It comes as no surprise that Tea is considered the most consumed beverage in the world, only lagging behind water. The level of oxidation of the leaves determines the type of tea. It is interesting to note that Green tea is made from un-oxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea (with white tea the least).

Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack. Tea might also help protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases. It helps fight free radicals too. Tea is high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity, which means it helps destroy free radicals (which can damage DNA) in the body. Besides boosting the immune system, tea is said to brighten smiles. Japanese researchers have found that tea can decrease tooth loss by changing the pH level in the mouth when it’s drunk; this is probably what prevents cavities.

Green Tea brings to the table a host of its own unparalleled benefits. As it is the least processed variety, it contains most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols. Packing a chock full of Catechins or antioxidants, Green tea fights and may even prevent cell damage. Believed to be an anti aging brew, Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties in addition to the antioxidants.

In addition, Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review of many studies found Green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure. On the whole, this calorie free, sugar free beverage has proven to produce better health outcomes. With as few as 2-3 cups a day, the skin and body composition of the drinker is said to be on the path to improvement.