The tea leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant contain fascinating compounds. These include minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants, carbohydrates, catechins, amino acids and caffeine. Vitamins include Vitamin C, E, B, A and K. As the tea leaves are being oxidized, the polyphenols in the leaves react with oxygen to create the flavor and color of the tea. Black teas have many different aromas that are produced when manufacturing the tea. The taste is from the polyphenols and green tea also contain simple catechins or flavanoids; however Black teas and Oolong teas contain flavanoids which are called “thearubigans” and “theaflavins.”Flavanoids help guard against disease, by fighting against damaging free radicals.
Caffeine in teas is significantly lower than in coffee, and acts as a mild stimulant, helping to increase the activity of the kidneys and digestive system. Caffeine also helps with alertness and combat tiredness. Black teas have the most caffeine, followed by Oolong, green, and than white which has the lowest caffeine of all teas. If you are caffeine sensitive or cannot take caffeine at all, than consider a De-caffeinated tea, a light green tea such as Japanese Gyokuro, a white tea, a Roobios tea or a Herbal Tisane.
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To name a few more vitamins and minerals contained in teas they include:
Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, folate, pantothenate, niacin, potassium, zinc, calcium, and manganese.
Here are some extra benefits of consuming green tea on a daily basis:
· Helps with thinking and alertness
· Helps with blood circulation
· It helps with the elimination of harmful substances such as, alcohol, nicotine and fats.
· Boosts the body’s resistance to fight off disease.
· Supplys the body with vital oxygen to body organs.
· Helps prevent or alleviate anemia.
· Helps lower mucous production.
· Helps guard against fatigue, depression and promotes a sense of well being.
· Helps lower bad cholestral and aids in digestion.
· Has antibacterial properties.
· Improves density of bone mass.
Note: Always check with your physician regarding your individual health care.
In my next article I will be discussing green tea beauty secrets!