Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Which Chinese Tea Is Best for You?

There are many types of Chinese tea, each with unique tastes and health-enhancing properties. Here are some benefits and practical uses of five common teas made from the Camellia sinensis plant.

Green Tea

Made from Camellia sinensis leaves, green tea has potent antioxidants called catechins, which help eliminate free radicals responsible for DNA damage. Because green tea is minimally processed compared with other teas, the catechin concentration is higher. Drinking green tea can minimize acne, and the leaves can be applied as a facial mask.

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Made from Camellia sinensis leaves, green tea has potent antioxidants called catechins, which help eliminate free radicals responsible for DNA damage. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Black Tea

Higher in caffeine than most other teas, black tea can help with mental alertness. Black tea is more oxidized than other teas, giving it a darker color and stronger flavor.

The oxidation process involves exposing the tea leaves to humid, oxygen-rich air, but the process does not destroy the antioxidants. Like green tea, black tea helps keep skin clear. Rinse your hair with black tea to keep it strong.

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Roasted barley with black tea is good for warming up the body. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Oolong Tea

Partially fermented, oolong tea has depth and smokiness, while keeping a crisp, light taste. Oolong tea is a Chinese tea made from the leaves, buds, and stems of Camellia sinensis. Often sold in little balls that unfurl in hot water, oolong is known to fight tooth decay, and can treat skin allergies like eczema. It can also improve mental alertness.

oolong tea leaves in white porcelain bowl on table
Tea warms your belly, it warms your hands — and that cup can contain all kinds of great health benefits that can help you get through the winter feeling good. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Pu’er Tea

Pu’er is a fully fermented Chinese tea that gets richer in flavor the longer it is left to ripen before brewing. But it can develop mold and become stale, so smell it and do a small taste test before gulping a cup. Made from the Camellia sinensis leaves and stems, pu’er tea does not have as much caffeine as other teas, and is good for lowering cholesterol.

White Tea

A light tea with a floral, fresh, slightly crisp taste, white tea is made from the young leaves and buds of Camellia sinensis. White tea is the least processed of all teas, leaving it with little caffeine, and with an antioxidant power that is greater than green tea. In ancient China, only the empress was allowed to drink white tea.

So hopefully with this list, you can work out which Chinese Tea is best for you, and maybe it’s a combination of all, depending on the time of the day and your mood. To those Tea enthusiasts around the world — happy tea drinking! And you might like to enjoy a Carol Ann Duffy poem titled Teaas you sip away.

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Raven Montmorency
Raven Montmorency is a pen name used for a writer based in India. She has been writing with her main focus on Lifestyle and human rights issues around the world.
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