A few words about Tea, Caffeine and Health.

 

There is a lot of misinformation floating around about Caffeine levels in tea. We’d like to set the record straight.

White tea scores higher on average than black or green, though a ‘high’ black or green could still beat a ‘low’ white. Research suggests that with steeping practice, you can modify caffeine intake whatever the tea you’re drinking.

•    Halve the tea you use = 50% less caffeine in your cup; Triple steep your green/white teas and you’ll have significantly less caffeine per oz of water consumed than in a single steep of black.

•     Don’t worry so much about caffeine in tea. Nature provided tea polyphenols and the unique balancing properties of L-theanine – so you do not get the coffee jitters from tea.  

•    There is considerable evidence that tea may help ward off many types of cancers including: digestive, skin, oral, lung and ovarian cancer.

•    Recent research suggests that the antioxidant properties of tea flavonoids may play a role in reducing cardiovascular disease by decreasing lipid oxidation.

•    Compounds in tea other than flavonoids have been shown to support the human immune system.

•    New research (in mice only, so far) points to caffeine having a protecting and reversing affect on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at a dose of 500mg per day – around 14 cups. That has to be an argument for increased tea drinking!

* Caffeine info courtesy of Nigel Melican, renowned tea scientist and owner of TeaCaft in the UK.

 

12 Health Benefits of Camellia Sinensis.

  1. Helps prevent tooth decay - contains a solid dose of fluoride and works better than the antibiotic tetracycline. Also kills the greatest cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth: Streptococcus mutans.
    (Tokyo Dental College)
  2. Tea drinkers have lower blood pressure.
    (Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004)
  3. May lower cholesterol; protect against heart disease.
    (Journal of Nutrition, 2003)
  4. May slow the spread of prostate cancer.
    (Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA, 2004)
  5. May protect against cancer caused by smoking.
    (Journal of Nutrition, 2003)
  6. Green/white tea may fight colon cancer.
    (Linus Pauling Institute Study, 2003)
  7. May reduce risk of hypertension.
    (National Cheng Kung University Study,  2004)
  8. Believed to boost the body’s defenses.
    (National Academy of Sciences, 2003)
  9. Green tea may help kill leukemia cells.
    (Mayo Clinic, 2004)
  10. May delay Alzheimer’s Disease.
    (Newcastle University’s Medicinal Plant Research, 2004)
  11. 3 cups of Pu-erh a day for 30 days reduced lipids by 25%.
    (Institute of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
  12. Various studies have reported beneficial effects of regular tea consumption against squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.
    (NIH, 2013)

10 Health Benefits of South African Rooibos.

 

  1. Naturally caffeine free–recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, insomnia, hypertension, nervous tension and mild depression.
  2. Rich in antioxidants that boost the body’s immune system.
  3. May help slow the ageing process.
  4. Anti-spasmodic, thus relieving stomach cramps
  5. Low in tannins–won’t impair the absorption of iron and protein in the body.
  6. Helpful for the relief of stomach/digestive problems like nausea, heartburn, stomach ulcers and constipation.
  7. Anti-allergic–has a soothing effect on irritated skin when directly applied to the affected area.
  8. Free of oxalic acid; safe for people suffering from kidney stones.
  9. Beneficial in the management of allergies like hayfever, asthma & eczema.
  10. High in minerals, complementing our daily intake of iron, calcium, magnesium & zinc; needed for maintaining a healthy immune system.