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 Gourmet Loose Leaf Tea

Tea Infusers - Tea Presses - Tea Kettles

I have been a tea drinker most of my life. Drinking tea at night keeps me awake and I love a hot cup of tea at night. I tried decaffeinated green tea (tastes like grass), all kinds of herbal teas, flavored teas and I didn't like any of them. Good old black Lipton tea was all I wanted. Then I found gourmet black and white tea at Adagio Teas. I ordered two tea samplers which included 5 different black teas and 4 different white teas. I am hooked, no more Lipton tea bags for me, I want the real thing! White darjeeling and Darjeeling #22 are my favorites from the sample pack.

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It was several months ago when I first heard about white tea. They think the cancer fighting properties of tea might be even stronger in the white variety. More tests need to be done though. Anyway I get excited when I find something I actually like might possibly even be good for me. White tea only has 15 mg of caffeine per cup compared to 40 mg of caffeine in black tea. I can drink the white tea at night and not be kept awake.

White tea is somewhat rare, you won't find it in your local grocery store. White tea is not oxidized, rolled and processed like other teas. It is withered and dried by steaming. White Darjeeling is from the Darjeeling region of India and is made only from the tender unopened buds of the tea plant. This is why you will find white tea is a bit more expensive than the other tea varieties.

One thing that is rarely mentioned when reading about the health benefits of tea is that you must steep the tea for at least 3 minutes to release the antioxidants. I can tell you that I never left my tea bag steeping that long before I read that. Bottled tea and instant tea have few antioxidants and herbal teas do not have the same health properties as real tea. Tea with caffeine has slightly more antioxidant activity than decaffeinated tea.

TF-2, the anti-cancer compound in black tea, suppresses the Cox-2 gene that triggers inflammation, says research at Rutgers. That's the same way the drugs Vioxx and Celebrex work. I just had my prescription for Bextra refilled and am now hearing that it may be just as bad as Vioxx. Think I will just drink more tea instead!

Tea can help reduce the signs of aging, fight allergies, improve memory, improve bone strength, kill germs, fight cancer, lower cholesterol, burn calories, lower risk of heart attack and so much more. Click here to read more details or search Google for tea +cancer, health properties of tea, tea AND heart disease, white tea +cancer. You will find many news, health articles and studies on tea.

Is white tea better than other teas as a potential anticarcinogen?

I don't have an proper tea brewing paraphernalia so I ordered some tea bags that you fill yourself from Adaigo Tea. Now I am off to search for tea infusers, tea presses and teapots. I will return with a list of cool tea gadgets soon. First I am going to try the Pumpkin Pie Tea sample they sent me, this should be interesting!

Tea Infusers - Tea Presses - Tea Kettles

Recently I have seen some white tea appear on the grocery store shelves. I tried some that was from China, but thought it was awful. I'm sticking with the white darjeeling from India.

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