Best Tea’s for Fat Loss and Health
NOT ALL TEAS ARE EQUAL, depending on your goals, one could be more beneficial for you. Tea has been used as medicine for centuries. Now modern science is discovering what people in China and throughout the world have long known: tea is good for you. Tea is officially awesome for your health. But before loading up, make sure that your “tea” is actually tea. Real tea is derived from a particular plant (Camellia sinensis) and includes only four varieties: green, black, white, and oolong. Anything else (like herbal “tea”) is an infusion of a different plant and isn’t technically tea. Tea has been consumed for nearly 5,000 years, and its popularity is continuing to grow.
Black tea is the most common and accounts for about 75 percent of global tea consumption. It’s made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, which are typically rolled and fermented, then dried and crushed. Black tea has a slightly bitter flavor and contains the most caffeine—about 40 milligrams per cup. A little bit of caffeine can help improve your stamina, strength, and speed, studies show. BENEFITS: It contains high concentrations of antioxidant, also linked to lowering levels of cholesterol. Research has shown that people who drink three or more cups of black tea daily may cut their risk of stroke by 21 percent.
Similar to black tea, but it’s fermented for a shorter time, which gives it a richer taste. It contains about 30 milligrams of caffeine per cup. The health benefits of oolong tea are basically doubled because of the combined qualities of black tea and green tea.
BENEFITS: WEIGHT LOSS, Oolong activates an enzyme responsible for dissolving triglycerides, the form of dietary fat that’s stored in fat cells. The polyphenol compound found in oolong tea is very effective in controlling the metabolism of fat in the body. It activates certain enzymes, thereby enhancing the functions of fat cells in the body. It is commonly believed that daily consumption
Of oolong tea can reduce obesity. One study showed that women who drank oolong tea burned slightly more calories over a two-hour period than those who drank only water.
This tea has a more delicate flavor than black. The leaves are dried and heat-treated soon after they’re picked, which stops the fermentation process. It contains about 25 milligrams of caffeine per cup.
BENEFITS: Green tea is full of antioxidants called catechins; a subgroup known as EGCG may ward off everything from cancer to heart disease. One study found that each daily cup of green tea consumed may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by 10 percent. Green tea seems to help keep blood sugar stable in people with diabetes. Because catechins lower cholesterol and blood pressure, they can help protect against the damage a high-fat diet can cause. Drinking anti-oxidant polyphenol-rich green tea will improve your skin and boost your beauty. Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength. Don’t add green tea to boiling water. It’s bad for catechins in the tea. Better: 160-170 degree water
While green and black teas are very healthy, white tea is the least processed and has the highest antioxidant levels. It may be the supreme Drink of Health. White tea is considered rare and is usually more expensive than green, as it can only be handpicked during a few days of early spring and has to be handled with such care. The leaves are picked when they’re very young, so white tea has a much milder flavor than any other variety, also less caffeine—about 15 milligrams per cup. White tea protects the heart and the entire circulatory system. By thinning the blood, lowering blood pressure, and reducing cholesterol White tea is truly a remarkable heart tonic. Researchers have also discovered that people who drink 2 or more cups of tea a day are almost 50% LESS likely to die after suffering a heart attack. Loose tea may also contain more antioxidants than tea in bags, because the leaves are less processed.
BENEFITS: White tea is another health marvel. It offers the same potential cardiovascular and cancer-fighting benefits as other teas, some research suggests that it may offer benefits to people with diabetes. An animal study published in the journal Phytomedicine found that consuming white tea resulted in improved glucose tolerance and a reduction in LDL cholesterol. Some experts believe that this may eventually have implications for humans. White tea contains the same types of antioxidants as green tea, but in greater quantity. These antioxidants are found to have many health promoting properties including boosting cardiovascular health, helping to lower cholesterol, reducing the risk of cancer and enhancing weight loss. Green tea and white tea both contain catechins, extracts that seem to show some benefits in breast cancer prevention.
For this group, aromatic extras, such as cinnamon, orange peel, and lavender, are added with black, green, or white tea leaves.
BENEFITS: The same levels of antioxidants and health benefits as unflavored ones. However those flavored with super fruits, such as blueberries, may contain even more antioxidants. Stay away from the sweetened varieties in bottles: no one needs that extra sugar. Bottle teas are often watered down; some have such a low amount of antioxidants that you would have to drink 20 bottles to get the amount you would in a single brewed cup.
Tea is a natural gift that is rich in antioxidants. It contains vital vitamins and minerals such as calcium, manganese, copper, carotin, selenium, and potassium, as well as Vitamin A, B, C, E and K. So have a cup of Tea relax and reap in the benefits.
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