Some fundamental tea knowledge.
Its important to learn, from there we grow and become wiser.
A Brief History of Tea
Our modern green tea extract is far from how we use to drink tea. Tea is without a doubt the most popular beverage in the world and according to historians the discovery of teat took place in 2737 BC by the Chinese Emperor. Back then, tea plants use to be quite scarce and only royalty would have access to them.
Thankfully a lot has changed since then and now the camellia sinensis is found in many parts of the world, so we can all now enjoy a good cup of tea.
There are many kinds of tea available out there, but they all have different kinds of benefits to provide. Some are great for relaxation, others to strengthen the immune system and in some cases they can help regulate your digestive system and boost your general health. Some of the most popular teas are Oolong tea and Pu-erh tea.
Oolong is a Chinese tea and the name means Black Dragon. Oolong tea has undergone the process of oxidization, generally in the range of 9 to 80%, it is dried in the hot sun where it twists and curls. This Softens and oxidizes the cells on the outer leaves and in turn draws moisture to the surface to evaporate.
Fermentation enzymes form in this process to create oolongs unique taste which also takes away the grass-like flavor of the tea leaf. The second process called “shaking” the leaves, (that is now done by machine) are simply shaken, tossed and turned to distribute elements from inside the stems to equalize and mix chemicals to the outer leaves. It will then reduce bitterness and aids in the oxidization process.
The third stage allows the leaves to rest and ferment while the cell structure changes the composition, taste and color of the leaves. Fermentation times vary on what kind of oolong is being developed and what flavor is desired from that type oolong being created.
Some oolong teas are then baked, rolled, dried again or even fired to produce a smoky flavor, each Chinese provenance has its own unique techniques when producing this beautiful flavorous tea.
This tea has gained a great reputation as an aid for weight loss. Oolong tea enhances the lipid metabolism and weight loss has been great for people who drink the tea on a daily basis.
The antioxidants that it contains are also ideal to help the body get rid of the free radicals that can be so harmful to us. The other advantage is that this tea is known for suppressing food cravings and this is also great for people who want to lose weight in a natural way.
Pu erh Tea
This is known as one of the most ancient Chinese teas that have ever been discovered, and only recently by the west. This particular tea has been quite popular in China for over 2000 years. It’s a very therapeutic tea that helps people relax and some people say that it provides greater health benefits than any other tea available.
There is a very specific fermentation method that is used for this tea and that provides a very soothing effect on the digestive system.
Pu-erh differs to oolong in the fermenting process where pu-erh is piled into heaps or stored while compressed by the weight of the leaves. This creates heat that slightly cooks the leaves and adds the prized bacterial properties that pu-erh is known for.
Parts of the oolong processes are still used, like rolling/forming and drying/steaming but more fermentation comes when the pu-erh tea is compressed into tea bricks or tea cakes, stored in warm moist cellars, then left to age. The aging can be from 3 months to more than 5 years, the chemical fermentation mature the tea which gives it the rich taste and valued health benefits.
This tea can help reduce the internal humidity and it revitalizes the stomach and the spleen in order for a more harmonious result when digestion takes place. It has been recommended for people who suffer from any kind of digestive disorders.
You should start drinking this tea as often as you can and you will see great results from it. One cup daily is more than enough to keep your digestive system in check.
Why Fermented Tea?
The bad and the good bacteria.
The one thing about fermented foods that is very good for your general health is the fact that it contains a lot of live bacteria. The kind of bacteria contained in fermented teas is good bacteria that helps keep the digestive system in great condition and that is the main reason why fermented tea has been recommended to so many people.
Fermented foods are considered to be the latest superfoods because they aid in the absorption of nutrients and allow for better balance in the bacterial population that lives inside our digestive system.
When you have a microbial unbalance you will not be able to get proper nutrition because you will not be absorbing the vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that are required in order for your health to improve. This is going to be extremely important and essential if you want to be as healthy as possible and you will not be able to achieve this if your digestive system is unbalanced.
Making sure that you incorporate fermented tea into your diet is going to be a great way for you to get the kind of results that you want and need. Your body will thank you for it because it will be able to absorb all the nutrients from the food that you consume and that is essential for your health.
Non diuretic weight loss tea vs diuretic tea
Diuretics are short term, not long term.
Too many people are resorting to slimming teas or weight loss teas in an effort to lose weight. The problem is that teas with laxative and diuretic effects, do not cause permanent weight loss.
Laxatives are designed to give you bowl movements and flush out the system, in this process the body also loses water and flushes out vital nutrients that the body should be retaining. Long term use of diuretic teas can cause nausea, and with time slowly weaken the body by spiraling down its nutrient level.
Non diuretic weight loss tea will give permanent weight loss as the fermented teas lift the body’s metabolism and the oolong or Puerh can actually tell your body to burn fat as an energy source!
All our teas contain green tea extract which contain Catechins and EGCG, these are great for weight loss and feed the body antioxidants. For more information on studies done with oolong please read our info section.
Green Tea Extract Helps You Lose Weight
By Natures Tea
The popularity of drinking tea has exponentially increased. According to, to the Tea Association in The US, over 158 million and around 165 million in the US and Great Britain drink tea, daily, respectively. In the Australian market, tea accounts for 13% of the overall hot drinks value of sales in 2014, according to the Euromonitor website.
There are many benefits of drinking tea. For one, it can help boost the immune system, as documented by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Secondly, tea can rehydrate the body.
Per report from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the caffeine content in the tea, in 200 to 250 ml of fluid, is not correlated to excessive fluid loss of dehydration. Dehydration happens when the caffeine is used in high doses or bolus. However, when it is at the minimum level, 200-250 ml, this is not significant. (Huffingtonpost, 2014).
Similarly, for those who are trying to lose weight, can also benefit from drinking green tea extract. According to the research study “Beneficial effects of green tea extract: A Literature Review,” 2010, authors, Chacko, et a.l., reported that human studies indicated that drinking green tea and green tea extract may help reduce the body weight, mainly body fat, by increasing postprandial thermogenesis and fat oxidation. (US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health).
Green tea extract contains a significant phytochemical called polyphenol called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG. The research findings revealed that the six overweight men, who were given 300 mg of EGCG for every two days, have the potential to increase fat oxidation or burning of fats.
Green tea’s contribution to anti-obesity is vital. What remains a challenge for those who want to see the promising results of green tea in relation to weight loss, is the brand or type of green tea extract to purchase. There are many competing brands in the market today, both online and offline and picking one can be difficult.
Be smart in the selection of the tea extract product. Slimming tea or weight loss teas are all over the globe. The green tea extract with 60% pu-erth tea or oolong tea content is beneficial for those who are trying to lose weight. Given the 200-250ml of fluid, this kind of tea is a non-diuretic. The caffeine content is just right, reflecting on the study.
In conclusion, green tea extract in its purest form, offers a great benefit not only to weight loss, but to other ailments, as well, like heart problems, immune system, cancer, and other illnesses. Your challenge now is to pick the right brand and product that offer truth in advertising and in the content of their tea products.
Natures slim tea: Although Green Tea extract is not the number one fighter against weight loss, it’s a valuable component of our tea. Oxidizing and fermenting takes out some of the fresh unprocessed nutrients that green tea extract offers.
The antioxidents, EGCG and catechins is must have to retain a healthy body while losing weight. Therefore the Green tea extract is a powerful co-worker in the formulations of our products.
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For 2nd Article on Green Tea Extract here