Tea is the most popular drink in the world after water. Some 15,000 cups of tea are drunk every second.
The intrinsic benefits of tea are equally good for body and mind...
HISTORY OF TEA
A very long time ago, in the Wuyi region (province of Guangxi in Southern China), an extremely serious epidemic was raging and decimating the population. The governor of the region and his people prayed to the god Yahuang to come to their aid.
The Bodhisattva (someone who has chosen to follow the path shown by Buddha) of the Southern Sea was also affected. He summoned seven fairies from the heavens to help him. They prayed for rainwater and watered three tea bushes located on the Great Rock of Jiulong on which, according to Chinese legend, nine dragons lived.
During the night, all of the inhabitants had the same dream of a sick old lady who bathed in this tea infusion and regained her health, youthfulness and jade-smooth skin. They all did likewise and were cured...
To this day, bathing in tea is part of the culture and is extremely popular in China.
A MILLENNIA-OLD PLANT
A millennia-old plant with incomparable ancestral virtues:
There is a vast variety of teas, including white tea, green tea, blue-green tea (known as oolong), and black tea. They all come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, and differ only in the way they are processed. This gives them unique nutritional qualities and a variety of biological properties.
White tea and green tea, for instance, do not undergo fermentation. Blue-green tea, known as «oolong» and black tea are fermented to varying degrees. Oolong teas are fermented for a shorter period of time than black tea. The fermentation process is stopped by roasting.
While we differentiate between black, white or green tea by their taste and processing, all varieties of tea possess recognized and proven age-old benefits.
THE MULTIPLE VIRTUES OF TEA
Since it is exposed to a variety of biological stressors, the plant world has had to develop complex defense strategies. This has resulted in the emergence of molecules with specific properties. For example, the catechins contained in tea are polyphenols in the flavonoid family and are known to be powerful antioxidants.
The biological world and our health are constantly endangered by stressors such as free radicals, which are produced under the effects of oxygen and light (ultraviolet rays in particular). Once again, plants like tea were the first species to have to defend themselves, resulting in the emergence and selection of molecules with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Catechins are particularly abundant in tea leaves, and epigallocatechin gallate, also known as EGCG, is the main catechin in green tea.
TEA AND SCIENCE
Tea is undoubtedly one of the most studied natural ingredients by science and universities. And for good reason: it has been a cornerstone of traditional medicine for thousands of years.
WHEN SCIENCE DEMONSTRATES THE BENEFITS OF TEA POLYPHENOLS :
Depending on the variety, fermentation process and where it is grown (climate, soil and expertise), tea generally contains between 15 to 30% polyphenols. i.e. 80 to 100 mg per tea bag.
So why do without it when we know that various scientific studies have confirmed that tea contains one of the most powerful polyphenols: catechins, which are flavonoids that are particularly rich in EGCG and are capable of neutralizing free radicals.
This high catechin content therefore helps slow the signs of aging by neutralizing the free radicals responsible for the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Wrinkles, fine dehydration lines, skin slackening, etc. The signs of aging are reduced.
CAFFEINE OR THEINE
Tea has a high caffeine content. This substance can also be referred to as theine,. Theine is concentrated in the buds, meaning that a tea rich in buds, resulting from fine or imperial harvesting, theoretically contains more theine than a tea composed primarily of large leaves (like oolongs).
Recent research has shown that tea contains an amino acid called theanine. This amino acid has the distinctive ability to offset the negative effects of caffeine and exacerbate its positive effects, thereby reducing mental and physical stress while encouraging relaxation.
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