It doesn’t matter where you comming from, for sure you can find it in your cupboard. Its become a part of our lifes from centuries and most of the people all around the word is having this gorgeous drink even few times per day. But does we really know what we use to drink? Is it possible, that ordinary and superpopular drink could have some magic in it? Keep reading and you will find out very soon! Let’s get it started and put your ketlle on!!
Since centuries, tea was famous in Asia as a healing drink. According to Chinese tradition, good tea should have 20 healing properties. How best to brew tea and can everyone drink it?
Chinese tea culture refers to how tea is prepared as well as the occasions when people consume tea in China. Tea culture in China differs from that in European countries like Britain and other Asian countries like Japan, Korea, Vietnam in preparation, taste, and occasion when it is consumed. Tea is still consumed regularly, both on casual and formal occasions. In addition to being a popular beverage, it is used in traditional Chinese medicine as well as in Chinese cuisine.
It was brought to Europe around 1610 as a remedy against fever. Two centuries passed before tea became simply a popular drink on our continent.
Today, tea is drunk almost everywhere in the world and almost no one is considering its influence on the body.
Meanwhile, tea is worth drinking not only because of the taste, but also because it helps to maintain health and beauty. Provided that it is properly prepared and drinks in moderation. Unfortunately, we usually do not pay much attention to the way tea is brewed.
It is worth finding out how to use a brew so that it does not lose its nutritional value and when it can harm.
Tea – health in a cup!
Tea adds strength and removes fatigue. It increases the blood pressure, speeds up the heartbeat and stimulates the nervous system. Under the influence of caffeine(yes, no mistake! Caffeine is not only belongs to coffee), blood vessels in the organs, muscles and the brain expand, which improves thinking, increases concentration and memory, and adds energy. Caffeine contained in tea does not put on the legs as quickly as in the coffee, but it brightens the mind for longer.
Flavonoids contained in tea capture free radicals and neutralize their harmful effects, protecting against atherosclerosis and infarction as well as cancers and delaying aging.
Tannin has an antibacterial effect, therefore bitter and strong black tea supports the treatment of indigestion and diarrhea. The tonic effect on the digestive tract is green tea, which in addition to bactericidal and bacteriostatic properties regulates digestion. Tea also inhibits the growth of bacteria in the mouth.
Drinking in moderate amounts improves the functioning of the urinary system and kidneys. Warm and not too strong, with lemon, black pepper and honey, raspberry juice or rum, it has a diuretic and diaphoretic effect, therefore it is recommended for colds.
Thanks to the large amount of fluorine, it strengthens teeth and bones.
Compresses made of strong infusion of black or green tea soothe swelling and remove eye strain.
Red tea, mainly Pu-erh, supports slimming. But to lose a few kilos, you need to not only drink 3-5 cups a day, but also be on a proper diet and move more.
Some say that hot tea cools in hot weather. Others say ice tea is the best. Opinions are also divided on whether it quenches thirst. Due to the astringent and drying effect of tannins, some people feel the dryness of the mouth after the tea and the more they want to drink.
The most popular types of tea are:
- black tea – it takes just a few hours of fermentation and drying to get it; during the fermentation the wilted leaves release the juice, which promotes oxidation, some of the tannins are transformed into aromatic compounds;
- green tea – it is created only by drying; the fermentation does not take place, so the tannins remain, giving a bitter taste and refreshment;
- white tea – made of donuts and leaves picked by hand in early spring, which are then only dried; white tea contains a lot of polyphenols, thanks to which it has a strong oxidative effect, moreover, it is highly rated by gourmets of this drink;
- yellow tea – it is obtained from young leaves and buds, which are subjected to the fermentation process;
- red tea – formed in a long fermentation process;
- ulung (oolong) tea – fermented rather quickly and then dried, it is an intermediate product between green and black tea.
General properties of tea
Tea stimulates thanks to the thein, which in contrast to caffeine has no negative effects on the heart and circulatory system. The plant also contains theophylline and theobromine, which stimulate and act diuretic and mineral salts, purine bace, vitamin K and B2, tannins and essential oil. Of particular importance are flavonoids, which lower cholesterol levels in the blood, neutralize free radicals and have anticancer effects. To make them appear in a cup, you should brew tea for at least 2 minutes. Brewing is an extremely important element of drinking tea and allows you to use different properties of this drink. If we brew tea for less than three minutes, then it will have a stimulating effect, but if it lasts longer than five minutes, it will bring relief. Tea brewed for several minutes can irritate the stomach, but it also works well on the intestinal mucosa during diarrhea. General properties of tea have also been used in the production of cosmetics that have antioxidant, soothing, anti-inflammatory properties, also protecting against UV rays (thus slowing skin aging), strengthening, slimming and cleansing. Tea has also found application in intimate hygiene preparations thanks to anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and odor neutralization.
Properties of green tea
Green tea is one of the most popular types of tea. It is recommended by many doctors, dieticians and cosmetologists. According to sources, green tea was used in China as early as 4000 years ago, and it was also used as medicine in Japan, India and Thailand. There are several kinds of green tea, and the two basic varieties come from China and Japan. Less popular species are Ceylon and Kahwa (from Kashmir). Green tea should be brewed at a temperature of 80 ° C to 90 ° C. The optimum brewing time varies from 2 to 3 minutes. The lowest brewing temperature should not exceed 60 ° C, and the shortest brewing time should not last less than 30 seconds. The best quality leaves are much more efficient and can be brewed 2-3 times. Some also say that green tea brewed for the first time at 90 ° C should be poured, and drink should be the second brew, because it is cleansed of toxins and allows you to extract all the healing properties of tea, which include:
- prevention and inhibition of the development of many cancers;
- antibacterial and antiviral activity;
- lowering cholesterol and preventing heart attacks;
- lowering blood pressure;
- antistress and antiulcer action;
- prevention of hyperacidity of the stomach;
- preventing inhibition of caries development;
- antioxidant activity;
- relieving conjunctivitis (by applying a compress of cooled green tea on the eyes).
Healing properties of red tea and yerba mate
Not only green tea has healing properties. They also have other varieties of this drink, especially red tea and yerba mate, which has many vitamins and minerals. Chinese red tea has an earthy taste and aroma. Sweetening this tea neutralizes most of its medicinal qualities, which include:
- fight against overweight – red tea promotes metabolism and facilitates defecation;
- supporting liver function, thanks to which faster alcohol digestion is possible;
- diuretic effect – it is recommended for people with renal problems;
- lowering cholesterol;
- prevention of atherosclerotic lesions;
- pressure reduction;
- improvement of peripheral and cerebral circulation, thanks to which the quality of thinking improves and concentration is easier;
- memory improvement;
- improving mood and fighting light depression;
- general strengthening of the organism.
When it comes to the healing properties of yerba mate tea, they belong to:
- strengthening the body’s immunity and improving the eyesight thanks to the vitamin A contained in tea;
- maintaining the proper nervous state – vitamin B1;
- strengthening the hair and preventing eye inflammation thanks to vitamin B2 contained in the drink;
- strengthening teeth and increasing the number of red blood cells – vitamin C;
- strengthening bones and teeth – large amounts of lime found in tea;
- maintaining the efficiency of the nervous system and endurance of the body – high content of phosphorus;
- maintaining physical fitness – the presence of iron.
To use all the medicinal properties of tea, it should be brewed and stored in an appropriate way, care for the quality of water from which it is prepared and served in appropriate vessels.
So don’t wait to long and go to kitchen for a cup of tea!!