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Oolong TeaAnyone who enjoys a cup of tea knows that it is delicious and soothing. All around the world, you will find people who value tea for its relaxing properties, the social nature of sharing tea, and also the many health benefits of tea.

Different Types of Tea

There are many types of tea available. There are true teas and herbal teas, which differ from each other because herbal teas are actually infusions of plant matter. While tea is also an infusion, all true teas are made from the Camellia sinensis plant. Whether they are designated as white, green, oolong or black depends on how they are processed after harvesting. An herbal tea is an infusion made from a plant other than Camellia sinensis. Tea is harvested in a ‘flush’ which means two leaves and a bud together at the same time.

White Tea

White tea is the least processed tea available that is a true tea. Young, fresh leaves are plucked and dried with no further processing. It generally has minimal caffeine.

Green Tea

Green tea is minimally processed. The leaves are slightly heated before drying resulting in slight oxidation and a flavor that is richer than white tea. Green tea is still a mild tea and has mild to moderate amounts of caffeine.

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is slightly more processed than green tea. The leaves are torn and bruised causing them to oxidate. The result is a tea with much more flavor and a deeper color than green tea. These teas often taste fruity or floral. Oolong has more caffeine than both white and green tea.

Black Tea

Black tea is the granddaddy of teas in terms of processing. Leaves are rolled and left to stand longer before drying. Much more oxidation occurs during this standing time than with the other teas. The taste is very bold and sometimes smokey. Black tea also has the most caffeine of all in the tea family.

Health Benefits of Tea

Tea has a lot of general health benefits and each type of tea has some of its very own. Most tea is rich in antioxidants and will deliver all of the benefits associated with antioxidants. Teas may also strengthen bone density. Tea strengthens the immune system because it is antibacterial and antiviral. There is some fluoride in tea and that combined with its antibacterial and antiviral effects can be good for teeth and oral health. Tea can improve skin conditions like eczema and the antioxidants fight free radicals slowing down the aging process.

White tea is increasing in popularity and many are talking about its particular benefits. The benefits of white tea mostly spring from its high level of antioxidants. White tea is high in flavonoids, a classification of antioxidants that have been shown to inhibit cancer growth. The catechin antioxidants in white tea may be able to reduce cholesterol. It can improve artery function and therefore reduce blood pressure. Because white tea has the lowest caffeine of all tea, you can reap the benefits without taxing your system with caffeine, especially beneficial for people wishing to lower their blood pressure.

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

If you want to boost your health even more than with tea alone, try adding apple cider vinegar (ACV) to your routine. There are many claims about the benefits of ACV, but the most documented one is apple cider vinegar’s ability to lower glucose levels.

ACV can lower cholesterol and manage blood pressure. Some studies suggest that it can fight cancer. It has been long known to be effective in weight management and also to help skin conditions and dandruff. Two tablespoons added to a glass of water is the usual recommended amount for health benefits.

Please consult your physician before adding or increasing your consumption of tea or ACV for health benefits.

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