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Health Benefits of Drinking Tea (page 2 of 3)

by Dolores Snyder

A Guide to Teas

Black Teas (fermented, to be drunk plain or with milk or lemon)
Health Benefits: Strengthen immune system, promote digestion, inhibit growth of bacteria in mouth, and strengthen bone density.

  • Darjeeling, a delicate tea with a muscatel flavor, referred to as the champagne of teas.
  • Earl Grey, a scented blend with a delicate fragrance of oil of bergamot.
  • Ceylon, a delicate bright tea with a smooth flavor. Excellent for iced tea.
  • Keemun, a sweet-flavored red liquor, often called the burgundy of teas.
  • Lapsang Souchong, a large-leaf tea with a distinctive smoky flavor produced by smoking the tea over oak or pine chips. Serve hot without milk.

Green, White, and Yellow Teas (nonfermented, to be drunk plain)
Health Benefits: Rich in vitamin C, selenium, and fluoride; lower blood pressure; promote digestion.

  • Gunpowder, a fragrant yellow-green liquor made from pellet shapes of unfermented leaves produced in China. Used to brew mint tea in North Africa and Turkey.
  • · Lung Ching, also known as Dragon’s Well, a fragrant, jade liquor made up of leaf buds with a sweet taste.
  • · Yin Zhen, or Silver Needles, a white liquor of delicate sweetness from Fujian. Plucked two days a year when the leaves resemble silver needles; expensive; contains no caffeine or tannin.
  • Sencha, a clear green liquor rich in vitamin C.

Oolong Teas (Semifermented, to be drunk plain)
Health Benefits: Help lower cholesterol and high blood pressure.

  • Grand Puchong Imperial, a delicate liquor of an amber hue with a smooth, sweet taste.
  • Ti Kuan Yin, an amber liquor with the taste and aroma of ripe peaches.
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