Health Benefits of Drinking Tea
Tea, a flavourful beverage consumed by most of the world first thing in the morning as a magic potion to wake up completely. Tea has been regarded as a key to good health, happiness and wisdom and has caught the attention of researchers who have discovered many health benefits of drinking tea.
Green, Black and White Tea
These teas are derived from the plant Cameillia Sinesis and contain the antioxidents called flavonoids. Flavanoids have anti allergic, anti inflammatory, antioxidant, anti microbial, antiviral and anti diarrheal properties. These teas also have caffeine and Anthea which affect the brain and increase mental alertness. No wonder we prefer to drink these kinds of tea just after waking up.
The Green tea is made with steamed leaves, the black tea with fermented tea leaves, and the white tea is made from uncured and un-fermented leaves.
Teas derived from plants other than Cameillia Sinesis, made from herbs, fruits seeds or roots steeped in hot water are classified as herbal teas. They usually do not contain caffeine and have health benefits corresponding to the plants they are derived from.
Chamomile tea: Its antioxidants may help prevent complications from diabetes, like loss of vision and nerve and kidney damage, and stunt the growth of cancer cells.
Echinacea: Often touted as a way to fight the common cold, the research on echinacea has been inconclusive.
Hibiscus: A small study found that drinking three cups of hibiscus tea daily lowered blood pressure in people with modestly elevated levels.
Rooibos (red tea): A South African herb that is fermented. Although it has flavonoids with cancer-fighting properties, medical studies are limited.
History of Tea in India
India is one of the foremost producers and consumer of Tea in the world and yet before the British arrived in India, we were unaware of this beverage. The Chinese variety of tea were most popular in British India but perhaps due to the large consumer base, and also in an attempt to break the chinese monoploy the Indian Tea Board was started and growing and production of Assam Tea began in the 19th century.
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Some Healthy Recipes
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