With a fellow tea associate, we provided a tea demonstration to Knight of Columbus group. It was 56 ladies. To be appropriate with season, we did Tsuki Chabako, Autumn picnic tea. We were unable to provide 56 tea bowls in the room. Only way they could get their participation was to provide tea sweet and let them eat with me (as a guest in dark blue Kimono, in picture). It all turned out well. After we did the tea ceremony, the question and answers went on for a good fifteen minutes or so. One of the participants was wondering about tea and its calming property. Tea started its journey off as medicine but later on it has become a beverage. Here's what some studies have found about the potential health benefits of tea (credited to WebMD):
Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration
of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
Black tea: Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest
caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.
White tea: Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea
has the most potent anti-cancer properties compared to more processed teas.
Oolong tea: In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong
tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels.
Pu-erh tea: Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black
tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. One animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.
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Staff at Great Tea Road Co