Tea was one of the first non-alcoholic beverages to create one of the largest impacts over the world. It is used in almost 70% of the world in different ways. From using water, to milk, to being used in savory dishes. From being served hot or cold. Tea is a versatile beverage. One can have a hot cup of tea on a cold winters morning, or a freshly brewed chilled glass of iced tea on a hot summer afternoon. It refreshes the mind and the antioxidants present in the tea reenergize the body and the mind. There are a number of species and varieties of tea available around the world. India, China, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka are the largest producers of tea in the world. 30% of the world’s tea comes from the Indian sub-continent. The British colonialists acquired a taste of this wonderful beverage and by the early 18th century, this drink was served in most of the cafes around the Americas and Europe.
There are various types of tea available today, and different kinds serve different purposes. They contain different amounts of antioxidants and other nutrients that affect the body’s health in various ways.
White Tea – White tea acts as an elixir for people who suffer from diabetes or have a sugar problem. It decreases plasma glucose levels, increases insulin secretion, and induces excessive thirst. It is also considered as a great way to reduce weight and has anti bacterial properties that protect the body from various infections. Instead of using tea bags, one should use dry leaves and use them with hot water. Take care the water is not boiling as it might kill the essential nutrients in the tea.
Green Tea – Green tea is usually given as a prescribed food item for people who suffer from obesity and other weight problems. It drastically increases a person’s metabolism making them more energetic and lively. People with heart problems are also recommended to drink at least one cup of green tea a day. It has also been proven to have marvelous effects on the brain functions and thus is used for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients. The best way to use green tea is to soak the leaves in hot water and wait till the concoction turns light green.
Black Tea – People usually assume that just like coffee, black tea is also harmful. On the contrary, black tea has a number of benefits that many people are unaware of. For example, black tea acts as an excellent stress relief option. It improves the immune system, and also increases the efficiency of the digestive tract. Consumption in a specified quantity has proven to have excellent effects of cancer prevention. Black tea is the most widely consumed type of tea around the world. It can be taken plainly with water and can also be used with a small amount of milk.
Herbal Tea – Herbal tea is a vast bracket which includes a concoction of a number of ingredients or just a few mixed together in the right quantities. For example some herbal teabags contain most of the essential ingredients such as ginger, hibiscus, jasmine, mint, rooibos, chamomile, and Echinacea. All these components have various effects on the body and can be used in different quantities depending on one’s taste and necessity. They can remove colds in a jiffy, and can also help one sleep soundly after a busy day.
Oolong Tea – oolong tea is made by partially fermenting tea leaves. It is fermented just to the right quantity as to retain the specific nutrients. It was used in China and Ancient India by gurus and monks to sharpen mental skills and improve alertness. Even today, modern science has proven these effects and it is slowly gaining popularity throughout the world. It is easy to use and has a very mild taste. Two to three cups is the basic recommendation but one can change consumption according to their taste and their necessity.