Ever wonder why there are so many coloured teas? I mean, they are all teas, right? What’s up with all those colours, they are not freaking skittles!
Well, if you have been asking yourself these questions, it’s about time to sort this issue out. In this article we’re going to focus on five types of tea that are famous due to their colour. You should know of them even if you are not an avid tea drinker.
And after you’ve finished reading the article, I hope you consider turning tea drinking from an occasional or even non-existing event into an everyday habit.
Let’s get started.
1. Green tea
Green tea, or the “King of Teas“, is extremely common and its qualities can help you in more ways than you can imagine. Even though I try to drink tea as regularly as possible, my mother is absolutely crazy about this type of tea. And there are many reasons why.
First of all, green tea has an incredible effect over your brain. It does contain caffeine, however, but not as much as coffee does – just enough to spark you up. While coffee gives you a sudden burst of energy, it is quickly depleted; the caffeine in the green tea simply refreshes you and allows you to feel energetic throughout a longer period of time.
It is similar to comparing a 100 meters sprint and an entire marathon. Green tea also contains L-theanine, which, combined with caffeine, can have a magical effect on your brain.
And it doesn’t stop there – green tea boosts your metabolism, helps you burn fat quicker, can kill bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath, lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15350981 due to the caffeine it contains) and can even lower your risk of developing different types of cancer (breast (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19437116) , colorectal (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28454102) and prostate(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17906295) ) by as much as forty percent! It can also decrease the risk of Type-2 diabetes and any cardiovascular diseases. And if that’s not enough to get you into tea drinking, I honestly don’t know what is.
2. Black tea
Known (informally, of course) as “the coffee of teas“, black tea is actually the same plant as the green tea – the difference is how they are worked on after they’ve been picked.
While the leafs used for green tea are only steamed and dried, the leafs that are used to create black tea are crushed. This allows many catechines of green tea leaves to form more complex structure.
This practically means that you’re getting most of the benefits of green tea – cancer fighting potential, boosted metabolism, improved heart health, reduced blood pressure and cholesterol and so on – but with a few additions.
First, because it contains more caffeine than green tea (but, however, less than coffee) it’s known to provide a bigger boost to your concentrating and focusing abilities.
3. White tea
The white tea also has a few tricks up its’ sleeve. In comparison to black or green tea, white tea is usually not that much processed. It also contains high levels of caffeine – so maybe you should think about switching from coffee to tea?
Furthermore, it is also used in protection against cancer. Studies (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20668019) have shown that it is quite useful when battling lung cancer – and stops new cells from growing in the tumor.
It is also used for better results in losing weights, fights back common cold, takes care of your skin and protects it and also has certain qualities that keep you from aging. Should we even mention that it’s great when being used to improve oral hygiene?
4. Yellow tea
Yellow tea is much rarer than the other three teas mentioned in the article. It is more frequently used in Asia and has started gaining popularity in Europe and the States only recently.
And, in comparison to the other three teas, it has a godly taste and aroma that reminds you of fruits. But it’s qualities don’t reside in flavour only.
It can improve your bones and teeth, increase your appetite, make you more mentally agile, can prevent diabetes, can help you when trying to lose weight and on top of that is extremely healthy for pregnant women.
Due to the caffeine it contains it can stop your body from absorbing any folic acid, which is extremely important up to the third month of pregnancy.
5. Blue tea
Yes, it exists. Are you surprised? Well, don’t be. It’s not that known. Butterfly pea flower tea – that’s the name it goes by.
Should you look at all the benefits it comes with, you’ll find that it’s a great antioxidant, does wonders for your hair and skin, is used as a cure to symptoms of depression and is able to refresh the brain and boost its activity.
Not to mention that it can treat diabetes and lower the risk of cancer! What more could you want?
And there you have it. Five colours – five teas, each with their own individuality. Even though most qualities tend to be spread amongst all teas, some of them are special to only one type.
And no matter which you choose, taking all those beneficial ingredients is always the right choice. So, no matter whether green, black, white, yellow or blue – what’s important is that you’ll feel refreshed, should you drink it regularly. So what’s your type?