“Any time is tea time” that’s right! Whether you are sick or healthy, you can gain from taking tea. There are a variety of teas on this planet and they have varied health benefits. Some of the biggest health concerns that many people have include: cancer, hypertension, toxins in the body, heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol, among others and tea is able to help with these health concerns, either by lowering the risk of a particular condition or dealing with the problem directly.

Green Tea

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The Chinese used Green tea for decades for a number of purposes. According to studies, green tea contains high levels of ECGC. The contents of green tea have antioxidants, which are able to prevent the growth of a number of cancers which include, breast cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach and colorectal cancers. Green tea is also good for burning fat that would cause high cholesterol levels. Studies on the effect of green tea on the brain have also shown that it reduces the risk of neurological disorders that include Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. It can also reduce stroke.

White Tea

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This type of tea is not fermented or cured and has the listed amount of caffeine in it. The leaves are not processed which gives them a mild flavor. White tea is praised for having one of the highest diabetes-fighting properties in comparison to most other teas. Animal studies showed that people who drink white tea, end up with better tolerance to glucose and have lower cholesterol levels. Human studies as well have shown that white tea contains higher cancer-fighting properties than most of the other processed teas. In general, white tea may seem very similar to green tea especially since they come from the same tea plant but white tea is harvested at an earlier stage which makes it have far more antioxidants in it.

Black Tea

This is one of the most common types of tea and is known to have the highest amount of caffeine. Like green and white tea, it is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. In China, it is also called red tea because of the color of the tea when in the cup. There are different varieties of black tea and the names may vary according to the regions they come from though “chai” seems to be the most common name for black tea. Because of its high caffeine content, it is considered to be a better and healthier option to coffee. Black tea is known to protect the lungs from exposure to cigarette smoke, which reduces the risk of lung cancer. It can also lower the cholesterol in the body. Regular taking of black tea daily can lower the risk of stroke, especially in older people.

Oolong Tea

This is very similar to black tea but differs in the fermentation process. Oolong tea is fermented for a shorter time than black tea to preserve more flavors. It has a high level of caffeine as well but not as high as black tea. Speaking of flavors, there seem to be different flavors, some sweet and fruity while others are a rich tea taste. Oolong tea is very good to promote relaxation and it also helps in lowering cholesterol levels, fighting heart diseases, stroke. It contains antioxidants that can promote a healthy skin as well as stronger bones and teeth. Tea experts sometimes grade oolong tea in between green tea and black tea, which makes it able to provide the similar benefits from the two.

Pu-erh Tea

This is a dark kind of tea that is pressed into a cake shape. The leaves are first fermented and aged before they are made into the cake. It is more common in China and produces a very black drink. The main health benefit of this tea is the ability to burn excess fat, which can result in weight loss as well as lower cholesterol levels.

These are some of the best teas for health but there are many more types, which also promote good health. These listed mainly attend to the most common health concerns. All teas also are good for relaxation, which will promote good health.