Superfoods: Tea

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A little bit of History:

Leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant are harvested for team: green tea leaves are lightly steamed, while black tea is oxidised before the leaves are dried. The legendary Chinese Emperor Shen Nong discovered the beverage when a few leaves of the tea fell into a pot of boiling water.


Benefits:
Believed by the ancients to be an ‘elixir of life’ scientific research now supports this claim. Tea (both green and black) is high in plant-derived antioxidants, polyphenols, which help protect against heart disease and cancer as well as fighting free radical cell damage. 

Tips:

  •  The latest incarnation of tea leaves is white tea, believe to be even more beneficial than green tea
  • Enjoy a medicinal flu-fighting beverage by adding a slice of ginger to your morning brew
  • Drink iced-green tea this summer in tall, ice filled tumbler glasses with a slice of lemon or sprig of mint
  • Spice up your cuppa the Indian way, adding cardamon, pepper, cinnamon with milk and honey

 

Do you have any favourite tea recipes? or other cool tips on this superfood?

 

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