Category Archives: Tea

The Main Differences Between Tea and Coffee

Tea and coffee are two of the most commonly drunk beverages after water. Both tea and coffee have some interesting health properties, and are quite similar in this respect. However, the chemistry of tea and coffee reflects some of the … Continue reading

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A Nice Cup of Tea

George Orwell wrote about tea in the Evening Standard in 1946. In this article Orwell made observations about tea that are insightful and interesting. Firstly, Orwell suggested that a “nice cup of tea” really refers to Indian tea. In relation … Continue reading

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Tea (Camellia sinensis) and Anxiety

Tea (Camellia sinensis) has a large body of research supporting its various health effects. These effects relate to the presence of a number of different phytochemicals within tea including flavonoids, the amino acid L-theanine and a number of methylxanthines including … Continue reading

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L-Theanine and the Brain

L-theanine (N-ethyl-L-glutamine) is a non-proteinaceous amino acid that is found in high amounts almost exclusively in tea (Camellia sinensis). In fact, L-theanine accounts for around 50 % of the amino acids in tea leaves. L-theanine is structurally similar to glutamic … Continue reading

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Why Does Tea Create Calmness?

Tea is known to induce a state of calmness and this is verified through both anecdotal and empirical evidence. The reason for this may be sereralfold, but one of the main mechanisms is suggested to be the fact that tea … Continue reading

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The Antimicrobial Effects of Tea Polyphenols

Black tea with milk has incredible calming properties that make it an ideal drink during periods of stress. Being ill with a microbiological infection is a significant stress on a human body and tea is a drink that is often … Continue reading

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Not All Tea is Created Equally

Tea is generally evidenced to be a healthy drink. Tea is thought to confer beneficial health effects on those who consume it regularly because of the phytochemicals it contains, and this includes a range of antioxidants including catechins and tannins, … Continue reading

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Tea: How Much is Too Much?

Tea is a healthy drink that may confer significant health benefits to consumers. In particular, tea has been evidenced to protect from cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such Parkinson’s disease. The beneficial effects of tea are likely brought about … Continue reading

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Alternative Sources of Flavonoids

Flavonoids are a group of phytochemicals that have some interesting health effects. Of particular note is the evidence that they act as antioxidants in humans and animals. Regular consumption of flavonoids may reduce the risk of developing certain Western lifestyle … Continue reading

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Tannins and the Gut

Tannins are a group of phytochemicals present in many plant foods. One important source of tannins for humans is black tea. The tannins in tea are produced from the flavonoids in green tea when black tea is fermented. Tannins have … Continue reading

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