Black tea is fully fermented which blackens the leaves and causes the formation of caffeine and tannins. Black tea generally possesses the most robust flavor and highest level of caffeine (benefit), but the least amounts of antioxidants (detriment).
White tea is minimally processed and not much oxidation occurs, meaning it retains the natural antioxidants, and does not develop in flavor, color or caffeine. Sweet or flowery flavors are its characteristic.
Oolong teas gets partial fermentation and often an additional shaking and bruising step that release additional flavors. Oolong can range in color from dark green to black. The combination of bruising and shaking and partial fermentation gives many oolongs distinct flowery and earthy flavors. Darker oolongs may have a buttery or even smoky tastes to them It has somewhat more caffeine and less antioxidants than green tea.
Green tea has a minimal amount of oxidation and therefore I feel that this type of tea is the BEST for you. The process of making this type of tea is halted by an additional pan-frying (Chinese Teas) or Steaming process (Japanese Teas). The additional processing of green tea brings out even more flavor and allows for caffeine to develop, and most of the antioxidants are retained. The characteristic flavors are grassy, vegetal and earthy flavors. Since most teas I’ve seen do not state what type of tea your drinking without stating that its green tea, it is recommended that all labels include what type of tea are in its contents. Not saying alone ‘Here is the tea, drink me.” It’s refreshing and delicious and has Lemon or Mango or Blackberry flavors in there, WE NEED TO SEE IT!
TEA- WHICH TYPE OF TEA DO I CHOOSE?
We all know there are many, many brands out there and four types of tea, so the question arises which brand AND type of tea I use in my lifestyle plan and here are some of my recommendations:
Green tea or herbal types of these teas have the highest anti-oxidants over all teas. However, they have the most caffeine and although caffeine is good for the brain we must use it in moderation. Therefore, we should drink it more heavily in the first few stages of our body change at least two times a day. This can be once in the morning, after we drink our first cup of coffee, or at night when we want to get a good night’s rest. However, I recommend drinking it as often as you like because of its powerful effect on the body especially the brain and to further slowdown (ARD) Age Related Degeneration.
Oolong teas have the second highest concentration of antioxidants because of its processing process and because of its high flavor content. Example: Spring Peach, or Apricot. These types of teas can be used throughout your lifestyle plan and just are a matter of taste.
White teas have the third highest concentration of antioxidants and thus lower in caffeine content and can be used when your lifestyle plan is in its final stages or if you prefer a brand of white tea anytime you like.
Black teas have the lowest of all antioxidant teas because of its processing and the least caffeine as well. I suggest using this tea the most, especially if you are in your final stages because I’ve seen it more readily available. Drink this type of tea more often because of its natural flavor and being the lowest of caffeine content.
My opinion and theory are this is better to mix up the types of tea you drink. Why? Because different teas will break down to the cellular level and effect different parts of your brain. Where in the brain? Truth is we don’t know just yet. More studies need to be done on the effects on the brain. We do know that they enhance the cognitive function and memory part of our brain, and as I said more studies must be done on all these types of teas because I believe they affect more areas and parts of the brain.
I cannot express how important the drinking of Tea in everyone’s daily lives. It enhances every cell in your body. Think of it, when you drink a glass of iced tea which has approximately 97% Water, the water in the tea permeates most of your cells in your bodies and brings with it the nutrients and antioxidants to be healthy and amazing human beings. Therefore, I totally believe in Tea’s benefits and I fully recommend the drinking of TEN glasses of tea EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIVES…. For TEA IS THE SECRET TO LIFE!