Herbal tea – Black, green, oolong, white (camellia sinensis

“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” 
― Lin Yutang

Welcome tea lovers and health nuts! We’re gonna kick off part one of our little herbal tea mini-series with the most popular tea worldwide Camellia sinensis most commonly known as Black tea, Green tea, Oolong tea and white tea. I’m going to skip the history side of things here as I already covered Camellia Sinensis history in my prior post Herbal tea Origins.

The health benefits of this wonder plant are fairly massive some of these benefits include Increased cardiovascular health, Increased immune function, Reduced cancer risk and even stress reduction. These health benefits from the tea are down to a variety of nutrients found within the leaves, these nutrients include
Polyphenols. Polyphenols are phytochemical meaning that they occur naturally in plant foods. Polyphenols are linked to protection from heart disease, work as an anti-inflammatory, support blood sugar control and work as an effective antioxidant.
Phytonutrients. These are small amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, some of there benefits include, Improving eye health, Improving cardiovascular health, Alleviating joint inflammation, Boosting energy levels, they also include some amino acids including L-Theanine which could have its own post!
Enzymes. These are tiny molecular catalysts that accelerate chemical reactions in the body such as helping to break down food and working as an anti-inflammatory.

The list for this Teas health benefits seems to go on to infinity! Some more benefits include
Can improve brain function. This seems to be linked to the caffeine content, the actual amount of caffeine varies depending on what version of the tea you drink but it definitely contains less than coffee which for some people can be a little too much of a rush.
Lower risk of Alzheimers and Parkinsons. This is down to the catechin content in the tea, multiple studies have found that the Catechins had a positive effect on the neurons in test tubes and animals.
May lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Studies show that tea can improve insulin sensitivity and thus reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes (up to 42% in some cases!).
Could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. This can be linked to lowering LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, also tea can increase the level of antioxidants in the blood that seems to protect the LDL particles from oxidation which is an aspect of causing heart disease.
Could help with weight loss. Tea can help improve our metabolic rate which in turn can speed up fat burning and weight loss.
May help you live longer. When we’re looking at benefits such as those listed above it isn’t hard to see how tea could improve the duration of your mortal ass ;).

I hope you learned half as much as I did here! I drink green and white tea pretty much every day and have for some years and honestly, its become one of my favourite little vices (especially cocoa mint lattes drools). Thank you for reading!

Sources
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea#section3
https://www.arborteas.com/health-benefits-camellia-sinensis/ https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/tea https://unsplash.com/search/photos/green-tea

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