Tea is associated with multiple beneficial health effects as it contains antioxidants, flavanols, flavonoids, catechins and polyphenols.
Some of the beneficial properties associated with tea are:
- Biological antioxidant
- Regulator of appetite
- Pain relieving
Tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that helps enhance relaxation, concentration and learning ability.
Today, tea is the most popular beverage in the world exceeded only by water.
Tea types and properties
There are various types of tea depending on its properties and preparation process (fermentation and oxidation).
The 4 types of tea best known are green, black, white and red.