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7 types of tea and their benefits

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Global tea consumption is at an all-time high, as this versatile beverage can be enjoyed hot or cold at any time of year. All teas derived from the Camellia sinensis plant are considered true teas and have similar health benefits due to their antioxidant properties. In contrast, herbal teas or tisanes are made from flowers and herbs. Different types of teas contain varying amounts of caffeine, theanine, and flavorings that are produced during processing. The caffeine stimulates the nervous system, while the theanine relaxes the nervous system, creating a harmonious balance in the tea. Below you will find an overview of the seven most popular types of tea and their benefits:

1. white tea

White tea is made from young leaves and undergoes minimal oxidation and processing, which gives it a mild flavor. White tea has high antioxidant activity and similar caffeine and theine content to green tea, but is not as readily available in supermarkets.

2. green tea

Brewed green tea has a refreshing greenish color and is more processed than white tea but less than black tea. There are several types of green tea infused with flavors or herbs such as mint or lemon, as well as matcha, a powder made from green tea that is considered one of the healthiest green drinks.

3. oolong tea

Oolong tea is traditionally grown in Asia and lies between green and black tea in terms of processing and caffeine content. It is partially fermented.

4. black tea

Black tea is fully oxidized and fermented, which gives it a strong color and flavor. Compared with green and white tea, black tea contains more caffeine and less theanine. Different kinds of black tea, such as Earl Grey, can be flavored or spiced, such as chai.

5. matcha

Matcha is a green tea powder that is becoming increasingly popular on social media and in real life, often in the form of latte drinks and ice cream. Matcha is made from ground green tea leaves that have been placed in the shade before harvesting, which increases the content of L-theanine and chlorophyll.

6. chai

Chai tea and masala chai, widely used in India, are a popular black tea blend with spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, star anise and cloves, often infused with milk and water. Chai can also be drunk without milk.

7. pu'er

Pu'er is a type of fermented black tea widely used in China. It has an earthy taste and can be drunk after meals to calm down or as a black tea for breakfast.

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