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.
- 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)
- Tea drinkers have lower blood pressure.
(Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004)
- May lower cholesterol; protect against heart disease.
(Journal of Nutrition, 2003)
- May slow the spread of prostate cancer.
(Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA, 2004)
- May protect against cancer caused by smoking.
(Journal of Nutrition, 2003)
- Green/white tea may fight colon cancer.
(Linus Pauling Institute Study, 2003)
- May reduce risk of hypertension.
(National Cheng Kung University Study, 2004)
- Believed to boost the body’s defenses.
(National Academy of Sciences, 2003)
- Green tea may help kill leukemia cells.
(Mayo Clinic, 2004)
- May delay Alzheimer’s Disease.
(Newcastle University’s Medicinal Plant Research, 2004)
- 3 cups of Pu-erh a day for 30 days reduced lipids by 25%.
(Institute of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
- Various studies have reported beneficial effects of regular tea consumption against squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.
10 Health Benefits of South African Rooibos.
- Naturally caffeine free–recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, insomnia, hypertension, nervous tension and mild depression.
- Rich in antioxidants that boost the body’s immune system.
- May help slow the ageing process.
- Anti-spasmodic, thus relieving stomach cramps
- Low in tannins–won’t impair the absorption of iron and protein in the body.
- Helpful for the relief of stomach/digestive problems like nausea, heartburn, stomach ulcers and constipation.
- Anti-allergic–has a soothing effect on irritated skin when directly applied to the affected area.
- Free of oxalic acid; safe for people suffering from kidney stones.
- Beneficial in the management of allergies like hayfever, asthma & eczema.
- High in minerals, complementing our daily intake of iron, calcium, magnesium & zinc; needed for maintaining a healthy immune system.