Tea Time is all the Time

First and foremost, tea is delicious! Okay, so maybe that is a biased statement, but there is an abundance of tea varieties, each with an unparalleled, exceptional flavor. With enough exploration, there is surely a match for every type of palate. Regardless of how it tastes, there are cold hard facts as to the benefits tea drinkers can reap. Here are the three most prominent benefits of drinking tea.

Variability in the amount of Caffeine

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Courtesy of The Odyssey Online

Studies have shown that our current generation is becoming the most anxious and depressed generation yet. Scientist have discovered links between caffeine and anxiety. Too much caffeine spikes cortisol level leaving a sensation of anxiousness. Yikes! Luckily, tea has very low caffeine levels; ranging from no caffeine herbal tea to some caffeine in black or maté tea. Choosing tea can give you the little boost of energy you’re looking for without spiking cortisol levels.

 

Antioxidants

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Courtesy of Green Tea in 3

Just as their name suggests, antioxidants prevent oxidation of reactive molecules, specifically, free radicals. Free radicals are naturally produced in the body and without detoxification, it causes an instability that is harmful to the body. Antioxidants neutralize these free radicals by halting the ability for the molecules to oxidize.

 

Boosts Immune System

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Courtesy of Davids Tea

When people have a cold, they often have the subconscious intuition to turn to tea. This is a great instinct to have as studies have proven tea’s ability to increase the immune system. Drinking tea signal the immune system to create an army of gamma-delta T cells to attack pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and fungi.


Ready to get steeping! Before you rush off to make yourself a cup a tea, get the 411 on important things to know about tea.

 

Tea 101

  • Courtesy of Davids TeaThe four main types of tea, black, white, green, and oolong, all come from the same plant. This plant is called the Camellia Sinensis. Whilst each tea comes from the same plant, the age, drying process, and oxidization of the leaves create the diverse flavors that uniquely separate each type of tea.
  • Herbal tea does not include any tea leaves. Instead, it is comprised of herbs, spices, flowers, berries, or other plant material. Due to this, it is often called a tisane or infusion.
  • Black tea will turn bitter if over steeped. Avoid this by steeping it no longer than 5 minutes.
  • Typically, bagged tea is made up of bits and pieces of the tea leaves instead of the whole tea leaves. To improve flavor, look for whole leaf tea which can be found in sachets or loose leaf.  
Alaina Carstensen

Gastronomy Content Contributor

Alaina Carstensen is a high school senior at Milton High School. Alaina is a dog lover and a tea fanatic who absolutely loves being in the kitchen. She takes every possible opportunity to cook a fresh meal.