With California under siege from the winter weather, tea time is a great way to not only stay warm but to stay healthy!
There are so many kinds of teas these days, how do you know what to choose?
Here is my favorite quick pick guide for tea:
“True Teas” (those made from the tea plant, or Camellia sinensis, versus herbal teas which come from other plants) can be categorized into 4 major categories: white, green, oolong and black. Generally, these categories refer to how much a tea is oxidized
Generally speaking, the less a tea is oxidized, the lighter it will be in both taste and aroma. Heavily oxidized teas will yield a dark, rich, reddish-brown infusion while less oxidized teas will yield a light, yellow-green liquor
Green tea unoxidized;
Green tea is rich in EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate; one of nature's most potent antioxidants) and is gaining widespread popularity due to its natural ability to promote weight-loss and good health.
Black tea fully oxidized; Black teas are especially rich in theaflavins and thearubigens (potent antioxidants) which have shown impressive cholesterol-lowering abilities and cardiovascular benefits.
Oolong tea partially oxidized; reduce plaque in the arteries, lower cholesterol, boost metabolism and aid weight-loss. Research conducted in Japan, China and Taiwan reports that regular consumption of oolong tea is linked to the reduction of cholesterol and the lowering of blood sugar.
White tea unoxidized; White tea is considered to be the healthiest of all types of tea because it has the highest levels of antioxidants and theanine, a rare amino acid found only in high-quality tea. Antioxidants are believed to maintain health, combat aging and prevent disease. Theanine promotes mental and physical relaxation, improves mood, reduces anxiety, boosts the immune system and increases concentration. White tea also has the lowest caffeine content of all true teas.
Yerba maté (pronounced yer-bah MAH-tay) is indigenous to the subtropical rainforests of Paragua, Argentina and Brazil. Maté is gaining popularity in the United States for its robust antioxidant content and for its natural ability to boost energy, improve mood and aid weight-loss
Chamomile has been prized for thousands of years for its therapeutic effects. In fact, chamomile was dedicated to the ancient Egyptian gods for its ability to calm the mind and comfort the senses. Hieroglyphic records show that Egyptian noblewomen drank chamomile and used preparations of crushed chamomile petals on their skin.
Today, chamomile is used as a nurturing herbal tea ideal for countering PMS, easing stress, relieving headaches and enhancing a peaceful night's sleep. Chamomile is also known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties as well as acting as a digestive stimulant, muscle relaxant and mild sedative. Chamomile may be a beneficial treatment for arthritis and is even used in lotions and cosmetics for its soothing, anti-allergic properties on the skin.
Red Tea (ROOIBOS)
has a sweet, full-bodied flavor without a trace of bitterness. As a source of powerful antioxidants, rooibos strengthens the body’s immune system and contains some of the highest known levels of anti-aging properties of any plant on earth. Rooibos is also known for its ability to replenish the skin from the inside out, promote restful sleep, and aid relaxation.
Cinnamon as an Anti-Oxidant It has an ORAC value of 103,448 umol TE/100g
Cinnamon is a natural disinfectant and that may explain why it is so effective to cure the symptoms IBS , A substance in cinnamon called catechins (a type of anti-oxidant) can help ease stomach discomfort, bloating, gas and indigestion. Cinnamon helps digest food as well reduce acid reflux by reducing stomach acidity. Ceylon Cinnamon has high levels of Coumarin to aide in the control blood sugar levels