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How Tea Can Improve Your Health and Spirit

| 12/28/2018 1:23:00 PM

Tea has been around for thousands of years and embodies natural healing properties for both the mind and body. Tea has less caffeine than coffee; it is a great way to get your daily intake of fluids and can actually improve your health!

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Tea 101

Tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, and depending on how long the leaves are processed, the color will be green, black, or oolong (a greenish-black color). Herbal teas come from other plants and fruits, and are sometimes combined with oils for enhanced flavor.

Green tea is the most highly concentrated with polyphenols, which are packed with health benefits and essentially anti-oxidants. Polyphenols are helpful for inflammation and also to prevent certain types of cancer. Green tea is also great for boosting metabolism and burning fat when you are dieting. It also fights bacteria in your mouth and helps keep your teeth healthy.

Black tea has been processed the longest and has the least amount of caffeine. It is also sometimes mixed with other things to create flavored teas like Earl Gray or Chai. Studies have shown that black tea is helpful in preventing cancer and regenerating cells. Other research shows that tea has a positive effect on improving heart health, lowering the risk of stroke, diabetes and kidney issues along with neurological disorders.

The oolong variety of tea is somewhere in the middle regarding processing time and color. Oolong is carefully tended during oxidation, and the taste varies widely based on the region where it was grown. The health benefits associated with oolong are lowered risk of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, ovarian cancer and help in reducing cholesterol.

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