The majority of us Brits love our daily cup of tea with over 165 million cups of tea being consumed every day but do we know anything about the herbal drink that you are sipping on? There are numerous teas available on the market with various health benefits attributed to each. Teas come in various qualities too and in many a case the proof is in the tasting.
Types of Tea
Tea comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. There are various types of tea and this is a result of the different types of processing. Black tea comes from leaves that are have been exposed to oxygen which turns them dark brown, green tea is a result of leaves that are not oxidised. White tea comes from the buds and leaves of the same plant that have been left to dry naturally in the sun. As well as increasing your fluid intake the various forms of tea can also have beneficial effects on the body for example preventing cavities by changing the pH in your mouth, support the immune system and much more. Here is a quick run through of their benefits.
Why you Should Drink Tea – An Overview
*It is a natural stimulant thanks to its caffeine and theophylline content.
*It contains antioxidants called polyphenols and catechins which may reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer.
*These anti-oxidants also protect against DNA damage.
*It can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. White tea has the most potent anticancer properties.
*There are some studies that indicate that tea may reduce atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries) or clogged arteries and help lower the risk of heart attack.
*Regular tea drinkers will be pleased to hear that tea may reduce the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney stones, Parkinson’s disease and stroke developing.
*There are indications that black tea can also protect against osteoporosis and lung cancer but longer studies are required to confirm this.
*The phenols combined with the caffeine in tea are thought to help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory and can improve the ability to focus and concentrate. This can help lower the risk of dementia.
*Studies have shown this tea to slow down wrinkle formation and support elastin and collagen formation that help improve the skin structure.
*It reduces cortisol the stress hormone which is also responsible for skin aging and stomach fat.
*Lowers systolic blood pressure.
*Has a positive effect on eye tissue and is thought to useful in the prevention of cataracts.
*The polyphenol, EGCG, found in tea may help to reduce the allergic response to pollen. You can add Manuka honey to boost the anti-allergic response.
* Tea can boost your endurance levels as the antioxidants increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel allowing for improved muscle endurance.
*May helps protect the skin against ultraviolet rays although it is not advisable to expose yourself to the sun without adequate sun protection.
Not all teas are created Equal!
Having tried numerous teas on the market myself I find that some are lacking in quality in comparison to others. Although stating the obvious the better the quality means the more potent the constituents will be and the better the healing effect on the body. I recently discovered a new tea brand Jadu Tea London a luxury tea brand based in the UK. From the start I was drawn to their product with their elegant Royal blue suede and gold box perfect to give as a gift to those that love good quality tea. Their teas are sourced from China, India, Sri Lanka and Africa, the herbs and fruits reach us from Europe, and all blending and packing takes place in the UK. They have created a great range of healthy herbal infusions to satisfy all tastes and I was sent a box of their Mademoiselle Grey to try for myself. This is an interesting play on the normal Earl Grey blend with Sri Lankan Uva black tea as a base and a range of citrusy flavours including lemon, orange, bergamot and lemongrass with red cornflowers. This tea comes in two forms, loose herb and tea envelopes. The Mademoiselle Grey JADU Tea Envelopes have won a star in Great Taste Awards 2015. Available from this site are Black, Green, White and Oolong, Rooibos, herbal and fruit teas. Their teas can be served hot or cold, with milk or without, with sweeteners, lemon or fruits, or spices the choice is yours.
Jadu’s Rooibos Creme Brulee is a caffeine free tea combining Rooibos, cinnamon, caramel pieces, sugar, hazelnuts, calendula and some added flavour to make it a rich scented warming sweet tea that is very easy to drink. I quite liked this without milk.
As well as teas there are also a range of teaware and accessories that you can purchase from their website.
Having spoken with Jadu Tea London they agreed that a giveaway would be a great idea so we are giving away a box of their Award Winning Mademoiselle Grey tea, 100g to enjoy (as pictured above).
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