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, caffeine, and the amino acid L-theanine. These nutrients appear to work synergistically to provide significant therapeutic effects. However, not all tea is the same. As well as the obvious difference between black and green tea, the quality and variety of these teas can also differ depending on a myriad of factors including growing conditions and the processing stages employed. High quality teas tend to be grown under special conditions, often with specific harvesting times and more care may be taken through the processing steps. This may provide a significant improvement in taste or a significant increase in the phytochemicals present. Often such speciality teas are more expensive, and so as with everything, you often get what you pay for with tea.
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