Tea is, right after water, the most widely consumed beverage in the world!
"Tea" can either refer to the Chinese Camellia sinensis plant (or parts thereof), or the aromatic drink prepared from cured leaves and hot/boiling water. All teas are made from the same species of plant! The processing or growing method is what creates the varieties. The most common are: white, green, black & oolong.
It should be understood that "herbal tea", or tisane is a herbal infusion made from anything other than the leaves of the tea bush. The below benefits therefore only refer to the classic tea varieties: black tea, green tea and white tea.
Green tea raises metabolic rates and speeds up fat oxidation.❇️
Green tea improves glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity.❇️
Tea boost mental alertness, thanks to the amino acid L-theanine, which is found almost exclusively in the tea plant.❇️
Black tea lowers stress hormone levels after a stressful event.❇️
Black tea boosts the immune system.❇️
Already one cup of regular black tea helps against cardiovascular disease.
Green tea has antidepressant properties.❇️
Moderate to high tea consumption (3+ cups/day) reduces the risk of a stroke.❇️
Green tea protects against a range of cancers, incl. lung, prostate and breast cancer.