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Tea Types and Benefits

Our Tea Selection

Steep & Brew offers over 30 whole leaf teas, as well as a variety of root and herbals. Within our whole leaf selection we offer green, oolong, black, white and flavored teas, along with some decaf. All whole leaf teas are available to order in 1/4 lb and 1 lb increments. Some of the herbals are only available in 1lb increments. 

Benefits of Tea

Tea has long been noted for its varying health benefits, and along with roots and herbs, has been used for medicinal purposes in many cultures for thousands of years.The chart below explains some of the health benefits purportedly associated with each tea type.

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Black Tea

Black tea, like other teas, are made from the leaves of the camelia sinensis plant and therfore has similar health benefits. After harvest, the leaves are laid out to partially dry, then rolled to release their natural sugars for fermentation. In fermentation, they are kept in high humidity to turn the leaves dark and develop black teas' strong flavor. 

Black tea is rich with antioxidants such as flavonoids, known to help prevent LDL cholesterol and heart disease; and polyphenols, which helps prevent the formation of certain carcinogens, which can cause certain cancers. A polyphenol in black tea - Theaflavin-2 (TF-2) - can actually cause cancer cells to die. Another compound in black tea, theophylline, helps stimulate the heart, kidneys, and respiratory system.

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Green Tea

Green tea is only lightly fermented, and because of this, it retains a high level of antioxidents which the body can use to slow and prevent damage from disease, diabetes and cancer. The antioxident nutrients in green tea also help trigger the immune system to fight viruses and lower risks of infection. 
Evidence suggests that people who regularly consume green tea have lower cholesterol, reduced chances of developing heart disease, as well as a lower risk for stroke and certain types of cancer. Green tea is also considered effective in controlling weight, has been linked to helping increase bone density, combating kidney stones, preventing diabetes, staving off dementia, and fighting acne. 


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Oolong Tea

Oolong tea falls between green and black tea - it's leaves are partially oxidized - combining the characteristics of green and black teas, and their health benefits. It is a semi-green, fermented tea, but the fermentation process is halted as soon as the leave color begins to change.
In addition to antioxidants, Oolong tea also contains calcium, maganese, copper, carotin, selenium, potassium; vitamins A, B, C, E and K; as well as folic acids, and detoxifying alkaloids. The reduced fermentation process results in an increase in polyphenol antioxidants. Oolong tea is helpful in combating skin disorders like eczema. It is used as a supplement to other drugs in the treatment of type 2 diabetic disorders. Oolong is known to reduce the risks of acquiring skin cancer, and can help combat other forms of cancer. Oolong is also effective in controlling fat metabolism of the body.

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White Tea

White Tea, (or Silver Tips) is made from the buds and young leaves of the tea plant. The leaves are not fermented, which results in the retention of all of its antioxidants. One cup of white tea can have almost 12 times as many antioxidents as a glass of fresh orange juice! White teas also contain less caffeine than other teas, which contributes to its popularity as a soothing and relaxing tea.
White tea has been shown to carry more antibacterial and antiviral qualities than other teas, and assists our immune systems by destroying some organisms that cause disease. White tea is also believed to promote healthy blood vessels by lowering cholesterol. At the same time, white tea can contribute to bone density, help combat arthritis, and help prevent tooth decay.

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Herbal Teas

Herbal teas are not made from an actual tea bush or plant, but created by steeping other herbs, shrubs, bushes, roots and plants. Since these teas are not made from a tea bush, they are not true teas. Nonetheless, herbal teas are alleged to have many medicinal benefits, and have been used in China for healing purposes for thousands of years.
In the western world, herbal teas have been used for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments - a medicinal use know as herbalism - which has at times been controversial, and rarely recognized in western medicine. The primary effects that people seek in herbal teas are the stimulant, relaxant and sedative traits. Herbal teas can be soothing, aid in sleeping, relieve tension, and fight cold and influenza. For these reasons, herbal teas are increasing in popularity, and in variety.