Tea Facts

  • All Teas come from the leaf of one plant, called Camellia Sinensis , grown in warm-weather area. High quality teas are from the high lands , mountain or hill areas.

  • Different teas such as green, black, woolong (oolong), Pu-erh and white tea are derived by the length of time the leaves are processed, especially the length of time of the oxidation period.

  • Tea contains about 1/2 of the caffeine of coffee, and much less than half in green tea.

  • The main active components in tea are Polyphenols , similar to other Phytochemicals found in many foods such as broccoli and carrots, but are much higher in tea -- up to 36% of dry weight.

  • The Antioxidants in tea include: Polyphenols, Flavonoids , Catechins , Flavonols, theaflavis, thearubigens and more.

  • A regular tea bag which is filled with cut, ground and low quality leaves will release about twice as much caffeine as loose whole-leaf tea.

  • Although you can get antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, tea is the best source of Antioxidants without adding more calories to your diet.

  • Drinking 4 cups of green tea daily reduces the development of arthritis in rats by 50%. (source: study by Case Western Reserve University )

  • Drinking 4 cups of black tea daily improves 50% impaired blood vessel functioning in heart patients . (source: study by Boston University School of Medicine)

  • The main active components in teas are Polyphenols , similar to other Phytochemicals found in many foods like broccoli and carrots, which are much higher in tea up to 36% of dry weight.

  • Polyphenols include many chemical compounds. The most beneficial Polyphenols are Catechins which are found more in Green Tea but also in other teas.

  • The most effective Catechins found so far are epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and epigallocatechin (EGC). EGCG has been reported to block the envelope of HIV ( AIDS virus). (source: Kuzushige Kawai, MD, and colleagues from the University of Tokyo )

  • Another antioxidants from tea are Flavonoids included Theaflavis and Thearubigens which are produced from Catechins of Black Tea.

  • Health benefits of tea: teas are rich in Antioxidants -substances to cleanse Free radicals and protect body cell walls: 2 Cups of tea = 6 Pints of Beers = 12 Glasses of White Wine = 1-1/2 Glasses of Red Wine

  • Lipton, Tetley, English Breakfast, Ceylon Teas are blended Orange Pekoe, Broken Orange Pekoe tea (BOP), and Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings (dust) varieties, (a type of Black Tea with reduced polyphenols) and are grown in Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon). Popular mild flowery for tea bags. B roken grades make up about 80% of the Sri Lanka total crop. You will not find many health benefits written about Orange Pekoe tea.

  • Chinese teas: Green, White, Black, and Red are all full leaf teas and have more healthful benefits and less caffeine than Orange Pekoe teas.

  • British East India Company brought Chinese green tea to Darjeeling District of northeast India in 1828 and began the Indian tea industry. Darjeeling Tea is processed and oxidized into a Black tea.

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