For over three thousand years, the Chinese people have been drinking tea which is widely believed to be a right step to a long and healthy life. Current medical studies have revealed drinking tea on a regular basis may help boost the immune system and your metabolism, prevent diabetes, lessen the likelihood of strokes, cancer, or heart disease, and reduce bad cholesterol (LDL Cholesterol). It can also lessen the likelihood of developing Alzheimers. So based on these studies, tea is a very good beverage to drink.
But one might wonder just what tea is the healthiest or best for the body?
Some researchers have discovered that black and green tea actually originated from one plant: Camellia Sinensis. So black and green tea are essentially the same, the main difference is how they are made. Black tea is the product of fermentation while green tea does not go through this process. A lot of the beneficial qualities of the tea are damaged, reduced or lost during the process of fermentation.
Current studies reveal black tea has the ingredients thearubigins and theaflavins which are extremely beneficial for the human body as it can boost health. However, these studies are still awaiting further breakthroughs.
One other study has revealed food processed through fermentation can produce a chemical known as urethane (ethyl carbonate). According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization, ethyl carbonate can cause cancer; therefore based on this information, green tea is a much healthier option than black tea.
But regardless of these findings, it is always a good thing to always eat and drink foods and fluids in moderation. There is no such thing as a perfect food and the medical world is still awaiting significant breakthroughs in clinical research. Green tea is not perfect as it also contains caffeine that can generate some health issues and risks.
Studies on Black Tea
The National Institute of Public Health and the Environment of the Netherlands sponsored a study that discovered a relationship between the reduced risk of suffering a stroke and the drinking of black tea. Reviewers of the study have examined the health benefits of foods that contain high amounts of phytonutrients called flavonoids that have antioxidant qualities. Seventy percent of the flavinoids came from the black tea while the rest were derived from vegetables and fruits. The study lasted 15 years and observed 552 men. The reviewers concluded that the black tea-derived flavonoids helped decrease the creation of “bad” cholesterol LDL that is believed to significantly contribute to heart attacks and strokes. Moreover, men who took more than four cups of black tea a day had a substantially reduced chance of stroke compared to men who only drank two – three cups a day.
Facts about Green Tea
Green tea contains medicinal properties from an antioxidant it contains called EGCG that is known to help address a number of health conditions.
The caffeine in green tea is a stimulant that studies show can boost focus, moods, and brain function of a person. Compared to coffee, the caffeine content of green tea isn’t strong. Green tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that is known to relieve anxiety and enhance the function of the brain.
Drinking green tea on a regular basis can help improve physical performance and burn fat faster.
Your teeth can also benefit when you drink green tea. Green tea has an antioxidant called catechins that can help prevent the rise of influenza and can also destroy bacteria in the mouth.
A total of 40,530 adults participated in a study done in Japan. The study showed that the subjects who drank five cups or more of green tea were substantially less liable to die over a period of 10 years. The decrease in the probability of death from all causes, on average, was 12 percent in men and 23 percent in women.
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