Jasmine Tea Benefits – Health Effects Unique to Jasmine Tea
Jasmine tea is tea that has been scented with jasmine blossoms. Originating in China and still popular there, jasmine tea is one of the most popular styles of flavor tea worldwide.
How jasmine tea is made:
The base tea used is typically a green tea, although sometimes a white tea or a pouchong (bao zhong), which is a lighter oolong, is used. Rarely, black, oolong, or Pu-erh will be used as a base. The traditional production process for jasmine tea is time-intensive and involves many steps: the tea leaves are layered with jasmine flowers, and allowed to sit in an enclosed area until the floral scent permeates the leaves These flowers are then removed and replaced with new flowers, at which point the process is repeated. In more expensive varieties, this process will be repeated as many as 7 times. This process is time-intensive and costly, and modern “shortcut” methods have been invented that involve. Connoisseurs often consider these shortcut methods to yield an inferior product.
Jasmine tea contains tea as well as other natural chemicals:
A key idea for the purpose of this article is that the health effects of jasmine tea depend not only on chemical substances in the tea leaves, but also on chemicals present in the jasmine flowers. These additional chemicals are responsible for the unique health benefits of this blend, that cannot be found in other teas. But first I will give a brief overview of the health benefits associated with the base tea.
Health benefits of all teas:
Tea is a healthy beverage, and jasmine tea is no exception. Tea leaves contain a class of compounds called catechins, which function as antioxidants and have been pointed to as having a number of positive effects on health. The health benefits of tea are often over-hyped, especially when green tea or oolong is promoted as a weight-loss product. However, science has provided some evidence supporting a number of the health effects of tea, such as a modest reduction in the risk of heart disease for people who drink 3-5 cups of tea daily. There are also other supposed benefits, including anti-microbial effects, and of course, the temporary but noticeable boost in energy and concentration associated with caffeine. Tea also contains L-theanine, which is thought to play a role in relaxation.
Health benefits specific to jasmine:
Jasmine has been less thoroughly studied on its own. However, there are a few studies suggesting it may have benefits in health. Jasmine is widely used in aromatherapy, and one scientific study has validated its use in this respect, finding that the mere scent of Jasmine, even if you do not drink tea containing it, and even if the smell is so mild that you are not consciously aware of it, has a measurable relaxing effect on the body. As relaxation and reduction of stress has positive overall effects on the body, this benefit is not to be laughed at. There is also some evidence that jasmine has antibacterial properties, which would add to the potential antibacterial properties of the base tea.
Jasmine tea is a scented tea which can be produced by various base teas. Jasmine has not been thoroughly studied on its own, in terms of its health effects, but there is some evidence that the aroma of jasmine has a relaxing effect on the mind and body, which is known to have positive overall effects on health; jasmine also shows some promise of antibacterial effects. These effects could potentially combine with the health benefits of the base tea, producing an overall healthful drink.
Alex Zorach is the founder and editor-in-chief of RateTea, an interactive website where anyone can rate and review teas. This site has a database of teas classified by brand, style, and region, with a wealth of information about different varieties of tea, and a number of health-related articles as well. Visit RateTea’s page on jasmine tea to read and share reviews of jasmine tea, and locate different sources of buying jasmine tea.
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