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The botanical name for tea is Camellia Sinensis, it is a part of the evergreen family. There are over 300 varieties of Camellia Sinensis but only two types of Camellia sinensis are used for tea cultivation, the China plant, and Assam plant.
Camellia Sinensis China is also found in Darjeeling estates and is used to make white, oolong, green and black teas. Camellia Sinensis Assamica is native to Assam and is used to make white, oolong, green and black tea.
Tea, a drink made from the leaves and buds of the shrub Camellia sinensis. It is the second largest drink consumed after water.
Broadly all teas can be classified into four basic types: White, Oolong, Green and Black. They are all made from Camellia sinensis. The difference is in the manufacturing process and the amount of fermentation /oxidation required to make each type of tea.
Tea has been consumed for ages and has always been regarded as the safest beverage. Tea is the most popular beverage in the world because of its attractive aroma, exceptional taste, health promoting and pharmaceutical potential. Tea is the richest source of Antioxidants and contains polyphenols (specifically epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), catechins, theaflavins, tannins, and flavonoids), these are known to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-cancer health benefits.
Tea is known to take care of infections like, colds, flu and known to take care of headaches and muscular pains. Tea is a diuretic and produces both warmth and coolness in the body. The steam of hot tea moisturises the nose, mouth, and throat and can help you clear your sinuses.
Research done in India, Europe, and other countries show that consumption of Drinking 3 or more servings of tea daily was associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, thought to be attributed to the high flavonoid content. One meta-analysis found that regular tea drinking reduced the risk of having a heart attack by 11%. Some observational studies have linked tea drinking with a lower risk of cancer – particularly colorectal cancer.
Given the high content of antioxidants in tea. Research has shown that Consumption of 3 or more servings of black tea per day resulted in a reduced risk of heart disease while, for type 2 diabetes risk, the benefit was seen at intakes of 1 to 4 servings per day. Observational studies suggest that drinking black tea may reduce the risk of a stroke.
Any tea which is consumed without milk and sugar is Zero calories. It is the healthiest beverage after water.
The tea plant accumulates fluoride from the soil, fluoride is known to protect teeth from dental caries. A cup of tea is a natural source of fluoride.
Recent research suggests that drinking tea can actually have a positive effect on bones. Studies among older women have found that women who drank four or more cups of tea a day had improved bone density compared to women who were non-tea drinkers. It is a known fact that Milk is a source of Calcium which is good for bone health. Assuming that we drink four cups of tea a day and if we add milk, it provides 21% of an adults daily Calcium requirement.
Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit oxidation of other molecules reducing free radical cell damage and leaving the body generally healthier.
Tea is a natural source of antioxidants called polyphenols (specifically epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), catechins, theaflavins, tannins, and flavonoids).
Yes, it does contain some caffeine, there are several factors that go into determining the caffeine level, these can be attributed to the plant, type of tea, season of plucking, and the duration of infusion.