Why It's Time to Switch to Tea
Which Type Is Best For You?
By Carolina Cuartas - January 18, 2019
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Are you looking to cut down on caffeine, improve your health, and slim down for the new year? The simplest way to make that happen is to switch your coffee to tea!
Many people are surprised to learn that all teas, white, green, oolong, black and pu-erh are made from the leaves of the same species. Each leaf holds similar, but some of their benefits vary. Learn which leaf suits your needs the most.
“Believe it or not, all tea is made from one plant, known as Camellia sinensis. It is an evergreen shrub that can grow into a small tree… The plants can live for up to 100 years or more and the leaves are harvested year round.”
White tea is the least processed. White tea is not oxidized or rolled but simply withered and dried by steaming. They release the least amount of caffeine of all teas, generally ranging from 10-15 milligrams per 8 oz cup.
Some benefits of White Tea include:
- It’s rich in antioxidants
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- Helps you lose weight and combat skin aging
- Has compounds that may fight cancer
- May help protect against Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease
Many say that Green Tea is the healthiest thing you can drink. It’s an unoxidized tea that is heated earlier in the production process denaturing the enzymes in the leaf that cause oxidation before the leaves are able to oxidize.
Some benefits of Green Tea include:
- Contains bioactive compounds that improve brain function
- Increases fat burning and improves physical performance
- Protects your brain in old age, lowering your risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
- Can kill bacteria, which improves dental health and lowers risk of infection
- May lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
- Rich in antioxidants and may help you live longer
The rarest of all tea Oolong tea represents only 2% of the world's tea. Oolong Tea is semi-fermented, lies between unfermented Green Tea and fermented Black Tea.
Some benefits of Oolong Tea include:
- Helps prevent diabetes
- Improves brain function and health health
- Promotes tooth and bone strength
- Helps you lose weight
- May help relieve eczema
Black tea is withered, fully oxidized (fermented) and dried. Black tea yields a hearty, amber-colored brew. It is often blended with other plants for different flavors, such as Earl Grey, English breakfast or Chai. It’s stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than other teas, but less caffeine than coffee.
Some benefits of Black Tea include:
- Has antioxidant properties
- Boost heart health and lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol
- Improve gut health and lowers blood sugar
- Help reduce blood pressure and risk of stroke
- Improves brain health and focus
- Help reduce the risk of cancer