Chinese Tea is an herbal tea that has gained fame all over the world. Chinese Tea is often compared to European tea because it shares some of the same properties. In fact, Chinese Tea is one of the oldest teams in the world. However, there are six authentic kinds of Chinese tea: white, green, yellow, red and oolong. White tea undergoes the least tepid processing. Thus the drink in its purest form comes out to be the most closely related to the mature tea plant.
The study by Qi and coworkers at the Academy of Nutrition and Exercise Science reported that the polyphenols present in the leaves of this Chinese tea may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Chinese people. According to this research, the polyphenols can reduce the plaque formation in the arteries of the heart. The main reason behind this is that these polyphenols act as antioxidants. The study also stated that the polyphenols in the Chinese tea may also lower LDL cholesterol, the bad kind of cholesterol that is believed to increase the risk of coronary artery disease. The results of the study indicate that both antioxidants and lower LDL cholesterol levels may significantly reduce the risk of fatal myocardial infarction and other cardiovascular diseases.
Besides the antioxidant effects of Chinese tea plant, another interesting property of it is the effect on the body’s metabolism. According to a study conducted by Song et al., it was shown that the polyphenols present in the leaves of Chinese tea stimulate the enzyme Angiotensin II. The researchers have also studied the effect of it on Alzheimer’s disease. They were able to show that the polyphenols protect against the deterioration of the brain cells associated with Alzheimer’s. It is very effective for preventing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.