I am not picky when it comes to tea. I can drink dark tea, light tea, Chinese tea and American tea. Just about any tea has some health benefits, especially green tea. Drinking green tea regularly can make you smarter and give you more stable energy, therefore be more productive. Many health benefits of green tea have been confirmed in human research studies. To name a few:
1. Green tea has the amino acid that can improve brain function.
2. Green tea is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants that may protect against cancer.
3. The bioactive compounds in green tea may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in older people.
4. Studies show that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels, and therefore lower risk of developing Type II diabetes.
5. Studies also show that green tea drinkers have lower LDL cholesterol, and therefore have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
6. Drinking green tea more often can help you lose weight, along with exercise.
A cup of good tea can relax me. My favorite tea is what people call a “beauty tea.” Not only does it have the antioxidants and nutrients having powerful effects on the body, it also has the added benefit of making your skin beautiful. A lot of women can swear by its effectiveness.
I am talking about chrysanthemum tea. You can drink it with pu-erh tea. Many Chinese customers order this combination in Chinese dim sum restaurants. Both teas are available in Chinatown supermarkets. Pay $10 you can get both teas. Chrysanthemum tea is helpful in treating skin problems and increasing immunity power, and therefore may postpone the aging process. Chinese people also believe that drinking chrysanthemum tea everyday can keep the eyes healthy and may improve eyesight.
Chrysanthemum tea is not very famous in western culture because very few people know about its existence and benefits. The ancient Chinese knew that a soothing cup of this warm, golden brown tea can do wonders for your body. I love the beautiful, natural sweet fragrance and taste. Add some honey or sugar if you like sweet tea. No milk please.
Chrysanthemum tea is in fact dried chrysanthemum flowers. It comes in white or yellow color. They taste and smell pretty much the same, yellow ones have stronger taste and deeper color. Restaurants serve the yellow ones.
A fast and simple way to make tea: Get a pot of boiling water ready. Add 5 to 10 dried chrysanthemum flowers in a large cup, and a pu-erh tea bag if you want. Pour hot water in the cup, let it steep for 5 minutes before drinking. See, it is that easy. (Take the tea bag out if you don’t want the tea continue to get dark.) I enjoy the delightful flowery flavor without the tea bag. And it is caffeine free!