17 Super Useful Tea Tips No One Ever Talks About

By EverythingForTea.com

1. Tea is virtually calorie-free and contains no sodium, sugar, cholesterol or fat.

2. Tea plants contain fluoride, which is critical to keeping bones and teeth healthy. There are other natural ingredients in tea also that also help fight gum inflammation and prevent periodontal disease.

3. Tea is an incredibly rich source of antioxidants that help rid the body of cell-damaging molecules called “free radicals.” These molecules can lead to cancer, heart disease and various degenerative diseases.

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4. Matcha tea — a fine powder made from green tea and the star of the Japanese Tea Ceremony — contains 20 times more antioxidants than blueberries and pomegranates. Matcha rates at 1,300 units per gram as compared, for example, to pomegranates at 105.

5. Black, Green, Oolong and White teas all come from the same plant — a warm-weather evergreen named Camellia sinensis. The differences between these four types of tea is the way they are harvested and processed.

6. Cast iron teapots are an excellent choice for brewing tea. Why? Not only are they beautiful to look at, but are highly functional as well. The heavy metal distributes heat evenly, resulting in better extraction of flavor and key nutrients from the steeped leaves.

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7. Acne breakouts can be reduced by as much as 80% with the application of an experimental EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) solution. This according to an 8-week randomized research study of men and women suffering from such chronic skin eruptions. EGCG is a polyphenol found in tea that has been intensely studied for its numerous health benefits.

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8. Women who drink tea regularly are less likely to suffer from depression. Researchers speculate that the mood-lifting qualities of tea may be related to its high content of theanine. This amino acid has only been found in tea and a fungi species, and is similar in its structure to a natural substance (glutamate) that helps transmit nerve impulses in the brain.

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9. Tea plants produce caffeine. It is particularly concentrated in their buds and young leaves. Due to the caffeine bitter taste, it is believed to serve as natural defense against insects and leaf-eating animals.

10. Want to enjoy tea at bedtime but are concerned about its caffeine content? Here’s a simple solution: steep the leaves or teabag for 3-4 minutes, discard the water and re-steep in fresh hot water for another 2-4 minutes. You’ll end up with tea that has just about half the caffeine.

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11. People who drink tea regularly are much less likely to develop high blood pressure than people who do not, and the more tea they drink the lower the risk. That is according to a scientific study published in the highly respected journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

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12. Tea may help your waistline. A study in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who drank four cups of green tea a day shed more than six pounds in eight weeks. This whopping weight loss may be due to key chemicals — known as polyphenols — that are found in green, black and oolong teas. These were shown in a separate study to cause weight reduction in fattened-up laboratory animals.

13. Researchers from University of Michigan Health System discovered that a compound found in large quantities in tea — epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG — may help fight joint damage, pain and inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis. EGCG is particularly abundant in white and green tea.

14. According to a review of 7 different studies totaling 286,701 individuals (published in the Journal of the American Medical Association) regular green tea drinkers have an almost 20% lower risk of developing diabetes.

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15. How did teabags come to be? The credit goes to Thomas Sullivan, a tea merchant in New York who in 1904 offered samples of his products in small hand-sewn silk sacks. Although not intended to be used that way, some customers dropped the bags directly in hot water… and that’s how the tea bag was born.

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16. Earl Grey tea gets its unique flavor from Bergamot extract that’s added to the leaves during production. Bergamot is a member of the citrus family, which is grown mainly in the south of Italy. The essential oils that get extracted from the peel of the fruit are used to flavor tea and tobacco, and to add fragrance to perfumes and colognes.

17. According to legend, tea was discovered accidentally in 2737 BC when leaves from a tea tree landed in a pot of boiling water next to the Chinese Emperor at the time. Intrigued by the green-colored brew the Emperor, Shen Nung, sipped and was deeply impressed with the rich flavor and calming qualities of the new drink. And the rest, of course, is history.

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