Health benefits of tea

April 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
White, green, black, oolong and herbal. There are so many kinds, so what's the difference? Learn the surprising benefits of tea from Bee-Bee Liew, founder of Ku Day Ta Tea Lounge in Milpitas.

Tea and Health Benefits

Some facts about tea

  • Tea is the second largest consumed beverage, right after water, outside the US.
  • Tea is virtually calorie-free.
  • Tea contains no sodium, fat carbonation or sugar.
  • Tea is a rich source of antioxidants and flavanoids, which are scientifically proven to aid in the prevention of heart disease and cancer.
  • The antioxidants in two cups of black tea are equivalent to the antioxidants in one glass of red wine, seven glasses of orange juice, or 20 glasses of apple juice.
  • Tea stimulates digestion, promotes healthy cell growth, and boosts your immune system.
  • Tea helps maintain proper fluid balance and may even contribute overall good health.
  • Tea is naturally low in caffeine. A cup of Black Tea, for example, contains about 40mg of caffeine (less than half of that in coffee).
  • Tea constitutes a healthy lifestyle pursuit.

Here are just a few of the tea's health benefits gaining evidence through research:

  • Tea may reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Tea may reduce the risk of cancer, including digestive, oral, and ovarian cancers
  • Tea may reduce the risk of Kidney Stone
  • Tea may improve immune system functioning
  • Tea may aid in weight-loss
  • Tea prevent cavities and supports healthy tooth enamel
  • Tea improves overall bone density
  • Tea may be helpful in combating arthritis and rheumatism

White Tea - Very Low Caffeine
White tea is the least processed tea; it is plucked when the tea is still very young, suggesting that the caffeine is much lower than green tea. It is said that white tea has anti-viral and anti-bacteria quality; It has a rich source of antioxidant. It has much lighter flavor, and ideal for all season.

Green Tea - Low Caffeine
Green tea is not oxidized during the processing and the green color is retained. Immediately after being picked, the leaves are steamed/roasted to deactivate the oxidizing enzyme as quickly as possible and "kill" the leaves. This process does not destroy the vitamin C in the leaves, which is one of the main reasons green tea is considered better for the health then black tea or Oolong tea. The health benefits of green tea range from aiding digestion, promoting healthy skin, refreshing body and mind, inhibiting carcinogens, and lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Oolong Tea - Moderately High Caffeine
Since Oolong is semi-oxidized (1% to 99%), it has a lot of leeway to be crafted by a lot of masters. Oolongs are very popular in China and Taiwan. A Japanese research indicated that Oolong has higher Polyphenol than Green and Black teas. Polyphenol has shown to help reduce cholesterol and burn fat. Regardless, Oolong should be drank as an enjoyment. It relaxes our bodies and minds and helps us slow down, when you smell the wonderful aroma.

Black Tea - Higher Caffeine
Black tea is fully oxidized, and has the strong aroma, full-bodied flavor, and dark color, though some of the nutrients are completely disappeared in the oxidation process. There is research that has shown a concentration of antioxidant compounds in black tea that are more beneficial in disease prevention than those contained in green teas.

Pu-Erh (Fementated/Aged Tea) - Very Low Caffeine
Pu-Erh is a fermented and aged tea, China's best kept secret - you can't find it in other countries producing this. It is often called Medicinal tea and Slimming tea. It has very low caffeine; good for digestion, lowering cholesterol, helps with bowel movement, weight loss, and a lot more. Most medical research on this tea is written in Chinese and French. This is also the tea served when you eat Dim Sum, as it helps to wash off the oil inside your body. It has an earthy taste, so it is an acquired taste. Like wine, Pu-Erh (not other types of tea) improves with the age.

Herbal Tea/Tisane - Caffeine Free
Herbal Teas are caffeine free but high in antioxidants. It has tons of benefits for the babies, children, and adults. Eight Treasures is a wonderful Chinese herbal tea with a delicate sweetness, soothing, relaxing and healthy. We mix this tea with eight ingredients (some has the cooling effect - Chrysanthemum, Wintermelon, and some has the warming effect - Goji Berries, Red Dates, so this has a well balance effect on your "chi"). Also, eight is an auspicious number for Chinese. You can infuse this tea for 3-4 time, and the sweetness come from the ingredients. After that, you can also eat most of them. So, nothing goes to waste.

For more information, visit www.kudayta.com

KU DAY TA TEA LOUNGE
447 GREAT MALL DRIVE, #124
MILPITAS, CA 95035
(408) 935-9107

Ku Day Ta is a new company that promotes tea drinking through a range of tea lounges where you can enjoy various tea drinks in a relaxed, stylish and contemporary atmosphere. In addition to tea drinks and unique confectionaries, we also offer a selection of packaged tea for sale. The company's first tea lounge is in Milpitas, California.

We in Ku Day Ta celebrate and appreciate tea from around the world and we want to share this with you, our customers. We believe tea can be fun, creative and interesting and we want to bring you this different perception of tea. We want to replace the general impression that tea must be serious, and shift away the "tea bag and hot water" paradigm. Our philosophy is to bring good quality loose teas from around the world, offer different tea beverages accompanied by truly special confectionaries and provide you with a place to enjoy tea, while promoting its health benefits.

Ku Day Ta provides a relaxing ambiance, with a combination of trendy yet pleasing décor, comfortable seating both inside and outside, and music from all over the world setting a backdrop for you to enjoy our teas and confectionaries

"MAY SPECIALS" AT KU DAY TA !
Ku Day Ta will be featuring its unique black tea collection throughout the month of May for 15% off. Some traditional, some familiar and some that will be new to you. All of our black teas are fresh, delicious and have many healthful benefits. Ku Day Ta is the perfect place to host your bridal, Mother's Day and graduation celebrations.

Ku Day Ta will also have a Mother's Day Special May 9th and 10th. We will be introducing our new tea sandwich plate just in time for Mother's Day (tea sandwich plate is available weekends only). Try our new tea sandwich plate and a pot of one of our delicious black teas from our collection and we will give you a free special gift for mom. $12.00

About Bee-Bee Liew:
Originally from Malaysia, Bee-Bee Liew came to the USA to pursue her Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering. After graduation in 1996, she came to the Silicon Valley and worked as a chip design engineer.

After a successful career in the engineering field for seven years, she decided to switch careers dramatically and to pursue her lifelong dream - starting her own business. Bee-Bee quit her job as a senior hardware engineer at Cisco System in 2003, and started the graduate business school program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Immediately after obtaining her MBA, Bee-Bee traveled to Asia, including China, Indonesia, India, Thailand, and South Korea, for six months, before deciding to make the Bay Area her permanent home.

Bee-Bee's love affair with tea started when she learned about the health benefits of tea. She started to spend a lot of time researching tea, tea trends, the existing tea shops in the Bay area and other areas, the histories, the market demand, and just about anything related to tea. She read everything she could find about tea, tasted many teas, talked to many tea suppliers, and even received a Tea Certification from the Tea Association USA. Her passion for tea and desiring to create a business opportunity that combined her love of tea and her idea for a successful business, helped her open her first tea lounge, Ku Day Ta Tea Lounge, the first of many she hopes to open in the Bay Area and beyond. Ku Day Ta Tea Lounge opened in September 2008.


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