First Year Is Tea. Third Year Is Medicine. Tenth Year Is Treasure.

The Effects of Tea

This ancient proverb captures the reverence the Chinese people hold for tea. Over the millennia, tea has been hailed for its medicinal quality and positive healing energy for the body and the mind.

Lu Yu, tea sage from the Tang dynasty (618-907 A.D.) and author of “Cha Jing”, published in 780 A.D., described tea’s effect:

“The effect of tea is cooling and as a beverage it is most suitable. It is especially fitting for persons of self-restraint and inner worth.”
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Tea’s Health Benefits

Tea not only is a beverage that quenches the thirst, but it also stimulates the mind, and yet calms the nerves. According to the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware in Hong Kong, the content of tea includes:

  • Polyphenols (chemical compounds that act as antioxidants)
  • Proteins
  • Amino acids
  • Alkaloids
  • Xanthine
  • Minerals
  • Plant pigments and various vitamins
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“Wonder what type of tea helps with weight loss? Which teas are known for their quality to help with digestion, lower blood pressure, or reduce cholesterol for example?

According to Chinese herbal medicine, tea drinking comes with many health benefits. However, tea’s medicinal qualities vary by the type of tea being consumed, due to the various processing technique.

Read our blog Tea’s Health Benefits By Tea Type for details.

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