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The Eternal Teacup – A Cup Full of Health Benefits?

Sunday, September 25, 2011
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The eternal Teacup – A cup full of health? Let's have some trivia with a hot cup of tea! Did you know …a billion cups of tea are sipped each day!

Tea the soothing salvo – a stress buster, a calming antidote to a tiring day – an elixir to keep one awake and energized, & The fountain of youth booster!!!

There are thousands of varieties of tea from acround the world and millions of drinkers. Do you ever wonder what impact these heavenly cups may be having on one's health?

Tea is nearly 4000 years old and was first discovered in China. Many different varieties of tea are available, of which the most popular are:

Black Tea: Fresh leaves are allowed to wither and darken to take a characteristic blackish-brown colour.

Green Tea: Tea leaves are lightly dried. They undergo minimum oxidation and should to be consumed without adding milk or sugar.

Oolong Tea: this tea has partially withered and oxidized dry leaves.

Flavoured Tea: Since tea leaves readily absorb flavours, it is possible to infuse them with flavours of rose, jasmine and orange.

Herbal Tea (tisane or ptisan): these do not contain tea but have fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots.

White Tea: Is made from new growth buds and young leaves of the tea plant

 

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29 November, 2011 | Shipra | Reply

Shipra For maximum health benefits From tea ....it should be freshly brewed,not boiled and with no milk added. One should not take more than 4 cups but spread out the whole day.

Many people like to swallow or down their medicine with tea as they form various tannin compounds and medicines do not work effectively. That’s why the Chinese say that tea destroys medicines.

09 November, 2011 | Kajol | Reply

Kajol In a study published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research in June 2009, researchers reported that green tea polyphenols, primarily EGCG, significantly reduced the levels of PSA. The study included 26 men who had prostate cancer and who were scheduled for radical prostatectomy. (McLarty 2009).

07 November, 2011 | Lymphoma treatment India | Reply

Lymphoma treatment India Lymphoma treatment India This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality. this is very nice one and gives indepth information. thanks for this nice article.

30 September, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Till recently everybody thought that green tea was the healthiest tea of all due to a powerful anti-oxidant in it -epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg). Since black tea was the result of fermentation wherein it EGCg was converted into other compounds, it was considered not as healthy. However, recent studies indicate the compounds contained in black tea - theaflavins and thearubigens - do more than contribute to its dark color and distinctive flavor. They also provide health benefits originally attributed solely to green tea.

30 September, 2011 | Tiwari | Reply

Tiwari Catechins that give cocoa & dark chocolate that exalted status of being heart friendly is also found in tea .It has the same benefit against stroke & diabetes. Santosh Katiyar, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham found that the antioxidant also known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate can protect the skin from harmful UV rays.

29 September, 2011 | Prasad | Reply

Prasad Hello Ms Poonam, this is a really interesting article. Can you please tell me how to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea?

29 September, 2011 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Thank you Mr Prasad.
Heres a simple guide to brew the perfect cup of tea:
The best temperature and brewing time depends on the type of tea.
•Green and White tea -65-85 deg C, steep time of 1- 2 minutes
•Oolong tea- 80-85 deg C, steep time of 2- 3 minutes
•Black tea – 99 deg C, steep time of 2- 3 minutes
•Herbal tea- 99 deg C, steep time of 3-6 minutes

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