The Essence of Drinking Tea and Its Benefits
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The Essence of Drinking Tea and Its Benefits

Tea has many beneficial effects and drinking tea can be a healthy exercise.

When we have our everyday cup of tea, how many realize that this beverage is an ancient Chinese concoction? History tells us that Tea was discovered by Emperor Shen Nung in 2737 BC. It must be mentioned that Shen Nung the discoverer of tea had a keen interest in health and medicine. In fact he had observed that people who drank boiled water tended to be free of disease than others. He thus was able to observe anything out of the ordinary and this contributed to the discovery of tea..

Shen Nung after a hearty meal had a habit of sitting under a tree. He would then drink hot water from a pot on charcoal fire. The hot water would help ease the discomfort of overeating to which he was addicted .One day while sitting under a tree; some leaves from a nearby tree fell into the pot and unnoticed he consumed the hot water. He was astonished at the different taste and even more delighted that his discomfort went away. This was how tea was discovered.

Tea is a popular drink in India and also all over the world. It is a simple beverage with just water, milk, leaves and sugar, but it gives great taste. Tea is beverages that can be brewed to ones own individual taste. You can enjoy it as it is or add whatever you like from Milk, honey, sugar lemon, herbs, spices or plain simple ice.

There are 3 main types of tea depending on the way they are processed. The most common is black tea which goes through process in a tea factory where the tea leaves are oxidized or fermented and then finally dried. Next we have green tea which does not go through the process of oxidation and lastly we have Oolong tea which is not very common.

Tea has hardly any calories and is low in sodium. It contains traces of proteins, carbohydrates and also vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants. Tea is one of the most common sources of antioxidants. The other common sources are fruits and vegetables. Black tea has an anti oxidant capacity of 927, while green tea has an antioxidant capacity of 814+/- 30. This figure is measured by oxygen radical absorbance method using peroxyl radical (AAPM).Trolox is a common Antioxidant and 1 umol of Trolox= 1 gm of dry matter.

Anti oxidants protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals produced in the body. Studies indicate that tea flavanoids are strong natural antioxidants which may help reduce the risk of developing heart disease. This is done by decreasing the inflammatory reactions of arteriosclerosis, by decreasing platelet aggregation and by positively influencing vascular activity. Drinking tea can thus be very beneficial.

Lastly drinking tea improves the mood. To drink tea people have to take time off from their work and this it distracts them from their current problems. In addition it has a direct stress relieving effect. The anti oxidants present in the tea may help counter the damaging pattern of physiological activation, which is characteristic of the stress response. That is why tea time is always welcomed by every one.

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